|Some nice Web images of trout lilies. We have the white variety in our woods.|
It seems that every year is different, judging by which plants thrive in the wild world. One year the climate will favor mullein, say, or bergamot, and we’ll have a bumper crop of those plants. (When bergamot thrives, it’s extra fun because I can say “Look at all the bergamot! And look over there, there’s some oswego tea! Oh, hey – look at all the bee balm! Check out that monarda! That’s a nice crop of horsemint over there.” …And it’s all the same stuff.)
This year, most plants are
coming and going early compared to other years. For instance, I’ve been noshing
on wild black and red raspberries during my morning walks, but their season is
almost done and it’s only June 29. Typically, we Wisconsinites think of July as berry season. (As I eat the
berries, I remember my dad who used to delight in saying “Blackberries are red
when they’re green.” Then he’d laugh till he wheezed.)
|A nice picture of monarda (bergamot, oswego tea, bee balm, horsemint) from the Web.|
This year is a wow year for cow parsnip. It’s always a tall plant, but today I beheld a ten-foot behemoth beside the old railroad right-of-way where I walk. I stood in silence and stared.
Different years can also
be hard on certain species. In this year’s dry June, I’ve only seen a couple of
lightning bugs. I always knew when it was my son Brian’s birthday, June 28, when
I could go outside of an evening and walk through hundreds of the tiny flying
lanterns. This year I could have missed Brian’s birthday if I were depending on
fireflies to announce it. (Mosquitoes are also rare in this dry heat. Those
pore thangs, boo hoo.)
|This photo from the Web gives you an idea of how BIG cow parsnip can get.|
I used to think the noting of wildlife progression was called “phenomenology.” Only recently have I discovered that my watching of nature is known as “phenology.” (Dang, I hate being wrong about a word!) Phenomenology is something else that’s a lot more philosophical. But I still prefer that word with its extra syllable – it’s as fun to say as bananarama or lollapalooza.
One thing is for sure: there’s a lollapalooza of nature out there to behold.