Along the Air Line... 2013 - Spring, Part 4
The Air Line Trail in Eastern Connecticut - Stan Malcolm Photos

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April 24th. Sweet White Violets (Viola blanda) are blooming.  Flowers about 3/8th of an inch wide.

 

 

I've been experimenting with a diffuse flash approach to macro photography.

 

 

Depth of field is great at f/16 and 1/200th second.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) still hasn't opened...

 

 

...but there are plenty of them east of Route 207.

 

 

The invasive Barberry (Berberus sp.) has leafed out.

 

 

Notice the spines.

 

 

Fruiting bodies of a moss.

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetative stalks of Horsetail (Equisetum sp.) are up but not fully expanded.

 

 

April 26th.  Pink bud scales as invasive Firebush leafs out.

 

 

April 27th.  A male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa).  His mate was nearby.

 

 

 

 

 

Calling male Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus).

 

 

A Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) was trading calls with its mate on the other side of the trail...

 

 

 

 

 

...then the two flew together a short distance and continued calling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhyncos).

 

 

 

 

 

April 27th; afternoon.  Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) is open east of Route 207.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Anemone (Anemone quinquefolia) is at its peak...

 

 

 

 

 

...and blooming in nice patches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris) is blooming beside Raymond Brook near Old Colchester Road.

 

 

 

 

 

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) lines the trail for a hundred yards east of Grayville Road.

 

 

The blossoms will be gone in a matter of days...

 

 

...and the odd shaped leaves will take over.

 

 

Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) is also blooming east of Grayville Road.  The mottled leaves give it away.

 

 

Blue violets (Viola sp.) have begun to bloom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rue Anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides).

 

 

Bellwort (Uvularia sp.).

 

 

 

 

 

False Hellebore (Veratrum viride).