Discovering new blooms during times of uncertainty.
By: Naturalist Educator, Mike (Carya) Cornell and Volunteer Naturalist, Aimee Kay
With our lives being upended right now, time seems to move a little differently. Sometimes weeks fly by and yet it can seem to take an eternity to get through a day. Witnessing seasonal changes is one way we can remain grounded and stay connected to the true passage of time.
As spring arrives in Pittsburgh's parks, spring ephemeral wildflowers are coming up and starting to bloom much the same as they have for thousands of years. Even when we're not there to see them, they still pop up, still bloom, and still look just as beautiful. They'll only be out for a few weeks, far less time than we will be observing physical distancing protocols.
It's our hope that if you are able to get out safely into the woods, that you slow down, and take a little time to appreciate these marvelous flowers that are only here for a moment. If you can't get out into the woods right now, we hope you enjoy this picture, and that we can all be together soon to appreciate the beauty of nature.