The Laurel bloom is beginning and it looks like it’s
The colony of ladyslippers is entering bloom, as is the single wild native azalea I protected last year.
Peter and I went out the night before last and he taught me how to find peepers:
Well, after a false spring, a second winter, and another spring we finally got it right and on Wednesday night got to see lots of males, their spermatophores, and hoards of wood frog males swimming around hoping for mates.
The pools refroze over the weekend and are still almost completely locked in. Tomorrow is a better bet, though still several days earlier than last year. I’ll be at the kiosk tonight in case someone comes, but advise tomorrow. And if they don’t move tomorrow, then later in the week or even the following week. It depends on the weather, the soil temp, the calendar, and their inner physiologic drives.
Monday and Tuesday evenings are possibly going to be warmer and rainy. If so, the salamander mating behavior may start. It’s still a little early in the season but…. I’ll post again in the afternoon to confirm local conditions and we would meet at 8:00 at the kiosk.
I’ve been watching the pools for signs of life.
The “mole” salamanders move to vernal pools to mate around now.
Peak fall arrived yesterday.
The Laurel does not get any better than this and should stay fine for a couple of days, possibly to the start of the weekend. I suggest walking up the entrance path to the high field (very grand specimens a short bushwhack to the right about halfway up) then turning right on the yellow trail to the red trail out to the throne. Enjoy.