1. I believe this might be little-leaf buttercup.
2. False Solomon's seal flowers about to open
3. The same plant but focused on the shadow because, hey, I love shadows.
4. A little green bug on Virginia waterleaf. It looks like a teeny green mosquito with moth antennae glued onto it
5. Finally I know what this is, now that it's blooming! It's gooseberry. My mom was trying to clue me into this -- well, she tried to explicitly tell me a few days ago. When I described it to her, she wondered if it might be gooseberry. I had been thinking it might be some kind of currant. Good news for both of us, the gooseberry is in the same genus as currants (Ribes).
6. These are little hackberry leaves and on this and many others little clusters of leaves in the area, there was a gathering of these little brown bugs. I was interested to learn today as I browsed the hackberry page on Wikipedia that its genus -- Celtis -- is now classified under the hemp family. Back in MY day -- and by that I mean two or three years ago, when I took my plant ID classes -- we were taught that hackberry was in the elm family. Well, good to know.
7. Another beautiful Jack-in-the-pulpit with a deep red spathe.
8. A closer look at the Jack spathe.
9. Looking down on the spathe and spadix.
10. Then I found another plant where the spathe was all green. It was much smaller than the other I photographed so I thought maybe the reddish purple color developed later on, or maybe it's just natural variation within the species. (I think it's only one species but I'm not sure.)
11. Some slightly warped wood nettle leaves. Immature? Virus? Little wood fairy going around with a curling iron?
12. Signs of an abandoned civilization. Or the strong wind we've been having. Actually I took this picture because I was shocked how much greenery had popped up on the ground of our campsite in the last seven days -- an incredible amount -- and I could imagine it quite quickly overtaking this overturned camp chair...which I neglected to right.
13. I love violets.
14. Young sumac leaves
15. We put a tarp over my shade garden today because it's supposed to dip below freezing tonight. All the bumps you see are due to the cursed wind lifting the tarp up. Oh, cursed wind.