Much more dramatic than ours are the wild azaleas from a woodland hike on the Santee National Wildlife Refuge. Unlike the Asian cultivars, the native shrubs’ flower cluster is huge, bigger than my two hands together. They grow in the understudy of the tall trees on scrawny bushes and are so delicate and dramatic when you happen upon one.
... acres and acres of unplowed cotton fields covered with blankets of red sorrel. It’s a pretty sight but sorrel is a noxious weed that invades soil depleted of nitrogen by the heavy cotton crops.
On another walk, I spotted this well-pecked woodpecker tree. As you can see, the holes go right down to the ground at the base, which confused me as to what woodpecker had been so busy here.
So much beauty out there in the world when everything is new in the spring. I hope you have a chance to get out there and smell the flowers and feast your eyes on some nature today.