All the lovely stupid flowers – part 1

The weather has been exceptional this week! Fifteen degrees centigrade afternoons, after having weeks of sub-zero temperatures. Quite a change. I walked home today and just decided to be mindful, enjoy the splendid weather, keep my eyes open for once, and look around instead of be in zombie-mode. I can recommend that anyone try this. You’ll immediately notice positive stuff. Being an ecologist, I obviously noticed the living things. The consequence of the rapid rise in temperature were very well-visible.

The world is coming to life again!

Here’s the lovely stupid simple flowers I encountered on my walk back home*.

First up, not much of an eye-catcher perhaps – the hazel – these bad boys are already causing my wife’s hay fever to flare up big time.

Hazel – Corylus avellana

Of course there are some plant cues that automatically tell you spring has started. For instance, the common snowdrop.

Common snowdrop – Galanthus nivalis

Obviously, crocuses are another spring classic. I find mostly the faint purple ones. No clue which species.

Crocuses – Crocus sp. (not nearly smart enough to identify these things to species, if that is at all possible)

Next up. Winter aconites! These bright yellow flowers are everywhere and make excellent forest floor displays!

Winter aconite – Eranthis hyemalis

Finally, some primroses that peeped through the leaf litter! Also very abundant all over in Bavaria.

Primrose – Primula sp. (too many of these too man)
Another Primula sp.

Beauty is everywhere. Just open your eyes!

——————————————————————————————————————* Will this be a series, you ask? Sure, I’ll think about it…

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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