Today was another sunny day in the 50s, so I got out for a couple of local walks in search of more early wildflowers. My first stop was the Wolf Creek Falls Preserve, between Altamont and Knox. It's a fairly new preserve with lots of wooded trails and a couple of streams with small colorful mossy cascades.
This preserve is also the home of countless stone walls, zigzagging through the woods marking long obsolete property lines.
But alas, I saw not even one wildflower in bloom on my entire 3-mile route, aside from some colt's foot along the side of the road near the parking area.
So it was off to preserve #2, the Limestone Rise Preserve, just a few miles up the road. The notable feature here is the maze of limestone crevasses, big enough to swallow a leg if you venture off-trail.
I remember once long ago being overwhelmed by the profusion of white trillium in bloom here, but today I was too early for that. But the hepatica was everywhere, in shades ranging from pure white to deep lavender. This was the best collection of the year so far.
Although the white trillium is still a few weeks away, there were a couple of red trillium either in bud or fighting to get opened up. Not sure that second one is actually a trillium - doesn't quite look right, especially the stems. Guesses welcome. It was growing in a fairly wet area.