“Forest Floor Leeks” – Stouffville Reservoir

“Forest Floor Leeks” - Stouffville Reservoir

I love watching the early plants emerge from the dead-looking ground in the spring. They follow the same pattern, year after year, whether it’s an early or late spring, the pattern remains consistent, though sometime s compressed or accelerated. This past winter was particularly cold and spring has been delayed by many cold spells. So, I walk through the woods in hopes of seeing those early emergences. I was very pleased to see the abundance of wild leeks, or “ramps” as they are also known, depending on the region you live in. Though the forest floor is still grey/brown and lifeless looking, these beautiful bright green leaves with the red bases light the forest floor up, while other plants remain dormant. But, the pattern must be followed and nature’s rhythms obeyed. I know, that within the next few weeks the forest will be alive once more with trout lilies, red  and white trilliums, and all the other print flowering plants I have come to enjoy so much.

I will have to go back in a few weeks and harvest some of these delicious wild leeks for a spring time soup. Can’t wait for the morels and fiddle heads to follow.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 85 mm
1/125 sec @ f/5.6, ISO 250

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