I'm not quite sure, but I may have wandered off for three hours. I came home from work tired, took a long nap and went for a stroll. It's called procrastination.
I went looking deep in the forest for something. I wanted to know if it had come up yet. I found it. It was up. Not a good sign for the patch closer to the house which is still a no show.
Then I stumbled upon something I have been looking for for three years. I finally found the Showy Orchis, Galearis spectabilis. It wasn't where it was supposed to be. No where close.
As fate would have it, I also stumbled upon the Showy Orchis that was where it was supposed to be. Mind you this was a general location and it is like finding a needle in a haystack. I missed the bloom. The first week of May seems to be the time to go hunting for this orchid.
I found something else you are rarely ever going to see, the flower of a Tulip Poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera. High winds sent a small branch fluttering to the ground. Mega moisture and shade allowed it to go ahead and bloom. Normally this flower is 80 to 100 feet up in the air.
It might be nice if one day there were real paths deep into the woods. It is so far down the list of things to do it may never be accomplished. The fact that there are no paths just might make finding things more likely since I never go the exact same way twice. I meander. And stop to look intently. Discerning the differences in a undulating tapestry of green takes a focused eye and glasses for close examination.