I went for a short walk after work. Wondering if the white trilliums were out yet, since the reds were out a couple of days ago.
“There’s one!”. Nope, it was an escaped white daffodil, making for the woods.
I’m not sure how it got there, either a bird made off with a loose bulb and dropped it, or perhaps it’s from seed, which I hear takes about seven years. Anyway, at least it drew my attention to the open spot on the edge of the woodland that gets more sun so the trilliums are earlier. The red ones and the masses of white are in a shadier spot, so the whites will be another couple of days there.
We have about 200 daffodils in flower right now, they certainly multiply over the years.
Near by was the first trout lily I’ve seen.
There are lots of marsh marigolds growing along the banks of the Pigeon River, but since Laurie’s arthritis prevents her from venturing down there, I brought a plant up to the garden pond and it is early because it gets more sun. On our property, the river has trees on both sides.
Going further out in the water, the lily pads are already unfurling.
I have always been fond of ponds. I misspent a lot of my youth around ponds with a fishing net and could name about anything you could see with naked eye. My favourite was always Dytiscus marginalis, aka “Great Diving Beetle” so I was really pleased when after a couple of minutes looking at the smaller diving beetles, lesser water boatmen and tadpoles, I spotted one (well, maybe not marginalis as I assumed – there are some similar species in Canada, but where I grew up it was a fairly safe bet. This is a male, as you can tell from its smooth back. The other easy distinguishing feature, the sucker pads on its front legs, used for clasping the female, are hidden. But you can see the hairs on its hind legs that make them into such great oars. The Dytiscids are all great predators.
Here is a baby one. Isn’t it cute? It is also a fierce predator. Its curved jaws, that you can just see, are hollow. It injects digestive fluid into its prey and then sucks out their insides.