April/May 2003: In a short time and with some good weather, we made it out for several field trips. It's invigorating to see the new growth of the spring, and we look forward to the early skunk cabbage and fiddleheads as markers of the season. We're also beginning to see a change at the shore, as the water temperature starts to rise.
|Great light and a very low spring tide make for a fantastic afternoon dedicated to photography at the shore....|
|The second half of a great afternoon finds us awestruck by Zen-garden rocks at the beach, and velvety green Enteromorpha blanketing the jetty at Camp Cronin....|
|A sunny afternoon brings Molly first to Newton Rock, where the Ascophyllum in beginning to ripen, and then to Deep Hole, where a horseshoe crab takes the time to pose for few photos....|
|At the rocky end of Matunuck Beach, we find Chondrus in colors from hot pink to ghostly white, and a matted carpet of Enteromorpha covered in Littorina....|
|A late afternoon hike into Great Swamp, where the fiddleheads and skunk cabbage are at their peak, and the rocky outcrops reveal abundant mosses and lichens....|
|A peak outside the studio shows the false lily-of-the-valley, a variety of fiddleheads, and other promising signs of spring....|
|Outside the studio, we find some relatively mature skunk cabbage, fiddleheads, masses of catkins, a few early flowers in bloom, and great Equisetum....|