Monday, April 28, 2014

Oatka Creek Park • April 28

Sharp-lobed Hepatica. The hepatica leaves are now coming out. Note that they end in sharp points. This separates this species from the other hepatica species in our area: Round-lobed Hepatica.

Sharp-lobed Hepatica

Sharp-lobed Hepatica. Note that these leaves are liver colored. Due to the so-called "doctrine of signatures" (i.e., "like heals like"), it was believed by ancient herbalists that this plant could be used to cure liver ailments. This is the reason for another common name for this plant: Liverwort.

Common Gartersnake. I could not time my shutter button pressing for when the snake had its bright red tongue flicking out! 

Large-flower Trillium. These will be opening any day now!

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells

Cooper's Hawk

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee