Yesterday I noticed that the Forsythia had some open flowers, but I didn't have my camera. Here's an image from today's holler walk:
Earlier in the week the trout lily leaves began emerging down along Hudson Branch. Now I'm seeing leaves at the marker for the individual I observe for Nature's Notebook. Here's a photo with one leaf still curled:
A couple of awesome surprises were waiting for me just downstream from this trout lily patch. The first was a pepperroot plant with a flower open already. I hadn't noticed it yesterday when I was out even though I was looking in that area for signs of other early risers.
And, a little further down, I saw a bug land on a sycamore. Here's what I found when I got closer:
I'm thinking this could be one of the pronggilled mayfly species, but I'm still trying to narrow it down at BugGuide.