LOCKPORT, NY- "A day like today is heavenly to be out and see places like this! And every year it comes around again. If you miss it this year, catch it next year. "
Spring in Western New York can be as fleeting as it is beautiful. The annual renewal brings about a resurrection of life that can only be seen this time of year, and even then can be appreciated for a very short time.
Among that life are the Spring Ephemeral wildflowers. These woodland plants live most of their above-ground lives in the early part of the season, while the trees surrounding them are free of leaves. Stunning in their beauty, these forest blooms are the epitome of Spring. Paul Fuhrmann is a Biologist at Ecology & Environment." There's a relatively short window of sunlight that hits the forest floor, woodland floor, to support these plants, and they're pretty much done with their life cycle, go to flower and seed, once tree canopies start to leaf out and the woodland becomes shaded."