Boulder’s Bloomin’

NEWS FLASH: Tuesday, March 20th:  As of 1:14 Eastern time this morning, it’s spring in the northern hemisphere.  While celebrated by poets, composers, and artists, people of every age will also be glad to welcome a change in the weather after the long winter… Those whose green thumbs have been itching all winter are eager to get their hands dirty. U.S. Census Bureau PR Newswire

I’m eager to get my camera dirty.

This first day of Spring in Boulder Colorado was clear and warm. Thanks to an unusually warm spell the trails and gardens of Boulder are starting to bloom and I’m ready for the return of color and the proliferation of life to come. Here are some views of the first hours of this glorious season…

The morning sun wakes the Mourning Cloak butterflies  (Nymphalis antiopa) from their hibernation. Their wings are solar collectors used to heat the hemolymph (blood) in the wing veins warming their bodies for the return to flight…

Warming Wings before Flight

Boulder’s love drummer, the Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratuso) is drumming to signal the arrival of the mating season…

Northern Flicker Drumming for Love

The croci are blooming in the gardens…

Blooming Croci

As are the daffodils

Blooming Daffodil (Narcissus)

Early wildflowers are cautiously returning to Boulder’s trails. When you go out wildflower shooting be sure download a copy of Look Closely, a flower guide from the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) department.

Erodium cicutarium (Filaree)

Yellow Violet (Viola nuttallii) ...an oxymoron

Bog Violet (Viola nephrophylla)?

Oregon Grape (Mahonia repens)

Pasqueflower (Anemone pulsatilla)

Pasqueflower Closeup

Spring Beauty (Claytonia rosea) 2010

Stay tuned as I follow the flora and fauna and the promise of Spring.

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