This week, as I am waiting to learn if the software will be a viable option to use, I have been working hard to increase the size of my catalog. So, on Thursday during my double block, I went down to the lake with the goal of taking photos of any wildflowers and the most prolific trees in the area.
For the sake of keeping the photos of this blog post more interesting, I thought I would focus on the wildflowers this week. There are four I will share with you today.
The first is called a spring beauty:
Its scientific name is Claytonia virginica but it is known as the spring beauty because it generally announces the start of the spring season. It is a low-growing flower and underneath is actually an edible tuber (like a potato) that early colonists and Native Americans would regularly eat.
The next two violets are both of the same species but look quite different:
They have the scientific name Viola sororia and they are found across all of the United States, from the East Coast to the Rocky Mountains. These two flowers were used to thought to be different species although now they are known to be two different color variations of the same flower.
The last flower I have for you today is called a potentilla:
There are hundreds of types of potentillas, or cinquefoils, which are low-growing, five-leafed flowers. They all look quite similar and are very widespread in this area. If you ever see them, you will notice their fairly unique petal count and layout along with their growth in clusters.
I hope you enjoyed my little summary of some wildflowers I found around the lake!
Until next week,