The water in the small creek was much lower than it was a week ago when it had ice in the calm areas. Buffy and I left later this afternoon than usual for a short outing to break up the monotany of the day. The sun was too low for pictures in the creek, so we meandered through the woods instead.
Gentle water trickled behind me, and the 3p.m. sun angled tree shadows through the woods. Moss grew on the ground, on rocks and the base of tree trunks. Chorus frogs gave their “creeeeek” calls from a nearby wet area. A crow cawed as it flew over. Early spring wildflowers were sprouting in profusion, and a few were starting to bloom. This is early for southern Illinois. Our temperatures have run above average for most of the winter. Snow only accumulated once and melted that afternoon.
Tiny white flowers bloomed on spring cress and little yellow ones on corydalis. Feathery leaves of the corydalis were common along with leaves of cut-leaved toothwort, purple dead nettle, Dutchman’s breeches and chickweed … and then I found my first spring beauty flower of the year.