An April Shower’s Wildflowers . . .
The transition from winter to spring really does resemble the way a rainbow emerges from a storm. First, there is the monochromatic gray sky, opening up with wind and water until it begins to thin out. A hint of pale blue emerges, followed by the electrum sun and the full spectrum of visible light manifested by the prism of that same rainfall, now receding.
April 2011 followed this manner of blooming, at least in New York City. A season opening fly fishing trip to Prospect Park Lake in Brooklyn was accompanied by the somber colors of early spring. The lake itself was charcoal grey and surrounded by the tan stalks of last year’s cattails and the brown mesh of tree branches just beginning to bud. A week of cold rain followed. The spring season appeared to be as late as the Passover and Easter holidays.
When Easter Sunday did arrive, it turned into the first balmy warm day of the year. The humidity appeared in an instant, bumblebees filled the air, robins and purple finches trilled in the trees, which like the grounds all around town had gone a bright pastel green. The wildflowers, too, had arrived, including . . .
Chickweed (Stellaria media)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea)
Heartsease (Viola tricolor)
Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)
Red Deadnettle (Lamium purpureum)
Shepherd’s Purse (Capsella bursa-pastoris)
Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)
Wild Violet (Viola papilionacea)
The first act of Manhattan’s spring blooming is complete. The stage is now set for May’s flowers.
– rPs 04 29 2011