A southern Ontario forest in early April might seem a bleak habitation, especially on a grey day. Few birds sing their songs, few green shoots have poked out of the ground, and only a few trees have begun to bud out.
Yet the floor of the forest can be colourful on a damp day and riotously so on a sunny day.
The mosses and lichens shine out in their profuse diversity – sometimes illuminated with the memory of a passing bird.
Though the mosses are the first “flowers” of spring, they are quickly followed by other woodland natives eager to catch a growth spurt before the leafing trees above can capture the sunlight.
At the edge of the forest, dogwoods provide a reliable splash of colour right through the winter.
And by mid-April, young Red maples at forest’s edge steal the show with their flowering.
Photo at top of page: Circular Triangle (click here for full-size view)