No matter how many days I spend out in the woods, I never get tired of it. It always amazes me to stop and think, that the sweet smell of pines and birches in the air, the songs of the warblers and thrushes, the feel of sand between your toes, the warmth of the dappled sun and the cooling of the wind are the same experience to me that my ancestors have experienced since time immemorial. It's ingrained in my soul, and will be a part of my children and grandchildren too. We need the outdoors, and this is why conservation is so important.
The first photo is one of the most iconic wildflowers, the White Trillium. The second photo shows the leafing-out of one of my favourite wild plants - the Sweet Fern (Comptonia peregrina). Not a fern at all, it is actually related to Bayberries, Beeches, Oaks and Chestnuts, and it has the best smelling foliage in the world, used to make headache-curing teas and bug repellant.
Finally, there's one of my favourite wild berries, a tree called the Saskatoon (Juneberry, Serviceberry, Shadblow, Sarvisbry etc.), and they have already finished flowering, to be the first ripe wild berries in June along with wild strawberries. As always, check your plant ID before you harvest anything.
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