The seasons seem to be all messed up this year. April was the warmest ever with days popping into the 90's F. and now May feels like it's fall. For plants all my Blueberries don't know what to do, but I'm apparently getting an early crop of Raspberries. For ants, Camponotus attempted to fly, but Nylanderia which usually flies with them is behind schedule and only just now producing alates. Now that mother nature has decided it's Fall everything is slowing down.
Last week, when the weather was normal, I went for a little nature walk once again at that nature preserve I deemed to be boring. Besides a few small things to look at I stand by my earlier remark.
American Painted Lady, Vanessa virginiensis.
Maybe I'm wrong but it's just not interesting to see forests with almost nothing growing in the under story. Besides the patch of ferns, a Rhododendron or two, and a few miscellaneous shrubs there was nothing growing under the trees. No patches of Trilliums, or woodland wildflowers to speak of. It's unmanaged forest land left for the weeds to slowly take over. The trails are maintained by the county but it's a shame there's so little to see there.
The Mt. Cuba Center is 600 arcs of managed land, with beautiful woodland gardens. Besides a few nonnative indulgences weeds are removed from the property and echo systems are maintained. The plants they grow there, many of them are rare, are propagated and the seedlings sold or handed out as gifts for attending their classes to fund research. It's done so much better than the nature reserve near me. If the job paid money I'd take on the task of making the place a more interesting and beautiful place. But I wonder if that's wrong of me.