There are men charged with the duty of examining the construction of the plants, animals, and soils which are the instruments of the great orchestra. These men are called professors. Each selects one instrument and spends his life taking it apart and describing its strings and sounding boards. This process of dismemberment is called research. The place for dismemberment is called a university.
~Aldo Leopold ~


Spring has many joys, but one of the best is the annual reappearance of woodland wildflowers.

Dutchman's Breeches are among my favorites.

Here along the fortieth parallel in the eastern United States, Dutchman's Breeches can present a spectacular show to those fortunate enough to witness it. The best times are generally early to mid April.

Dutchman's Breeches
Photo: Mike Habeck.

The laterally-symmetrical white blossoms hang like tiny lanterns from stalks that rise above the plant's highly dissected leaves.

Look quick, for they will soon be gone - at least until next year.