I went to The Ledges today. This is a really nice state park in Iowa, but like all of Iowa’s parks it is poorly maintained because of budget cuts. But I was there to look for signs of spring.
Snow was still present in ditches on the way to the park. The weather was cool and cloudy, but still much warmer than last week. The earliest of the wildflowers were blooming.
Hepatica are small flowers that can be easily overlooked when they are in the leaf litter. But they were found all over and in some places they can have fairly spectacular clusters.
The other early bloomer is snow trillium. They were scattered throughout the park, mostly singly. I have seen large clusters of them elsewhere, but not here.
I turned over some pieces of bark and found a small snail.
Had the sun made an appearance I might have been privileged to see a butterfly. But it was not to be today.
I was treated by the calls of chorus frogs as well.
It won’t take long for the other flowers to show themselves. I can hardly wait.