Jack-in-the-Pulpit captured my imagination as a child and still has the power to make me smile every time it blooms.
The bellwort is shy and tries to hide its beauty by nodding under its leaves.
If you were reading my blog last year, you know I love wild phlox - I still carefully mow or trim around each plant blooming in my yard. After all, if a beautiful wildflower wants to grow there, I'm going to encourage it any way I can!
The trillium was one of the first wildflowers I remember learning to identify as a child - they're easy to spot and very distinctive. There are several varieties of trillium, but only this one was blooming in the forest while I was wandering this year.
The trout lily ushers in spring fishing, since it begins to bloom just about as trout season starts on the river.
If you look sharp, the tiny dwarf ginseng might catch your eye. I love the lacy flowers that look like early fireworks for the wee folk.
There are, of course, many other spring ephemeral flowers, and they may be the subject of another post in the future, since I'm always admiring and snapping photos of the little beauties, but this is probably enough for one day. :)