Warmest day of the year so far, and for the first time I went for a walk in shorts and a t-shirt. Walked down to the river, where the overall look of the forest was about the same as a month ago when I was last here.
looking closer, however, there were more signs of the arrival of spring. In the ‘floodplain’ bit of the woods, the flat area just above the river banks, these tiny wildflowers were plentiful, sometimes growing singly, sometimes in pairs or small clusters.
I was examining stumps on my way up from the river, looking for any signs of new fungal activity. No ‘shrooms, but one of the stumps was covered with pointy knobs of wood, unlike anything I have seen before. I don’t know if this is a natural growth pattern, or a response to disease or insects, or what, but it was very interesting looking.