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In the Sunny Woods

It was good to get away yesterday and feel the sun on our faces by Big Tumbling Creek below Laurel Bed Lake. Mike's parents are coming to visit in a couple weeks and want to make a trip there to see the flowers, so this was a scouting trip. It was a bit earlier than usual, but the warm weather has made me feel that the flowers won't be so showy when we go back.

Bloodroot

We were early enough to catch the last of the bloodroot blooming,
one of the earliest Spring flowers.

Yellow Violets

Smooth yellow violets puzzled the children,
accustomed to seeing the white and purple ones in our yard.

Large Flowered Trillium

The large flowered trilliums were just getting started,
so there were just patches instead of big stands of them.
None had turned pink yet.

Spring Beauties

The Spring beauties were absolutely everywhere.
You could hardly walk through the woods without stepping on one.

The Tomten takes in the sights

The Tomten cam along and thoroughly enjoyed taking in the sights.

Big Tumbling Creek

And what a sight this wonderful place is.
I can think of no other place I'd truly rather be than right here.

My passenger

Laurel Mae enjoyed the view from my back.

Feeling the stream

Roan loved the tiny creeks flowing along the road.
The big creek was rushing tremendously and we kept our distance.

On the rock

The biggest of my intrepid mountaineers.

White Erect Trillium

The earliest of the trilliums, the white erect trillium, was still preparing to bloom in full, too.

Anemone

A tiny anemone Roan picked for me.

Lobelia

This was the only larkspur I saw really blooming.

Blue-Eyed Mary

The blue-eyed mary flowers have a bit of time before they peak, too.

Wild Oats

I love the flowers of the wild oats, how they curl as they open.

It's the same thing every year and it never gets old.  Timeless.

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A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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