Friday, May 16, 2014

Spring In The Adirondacks: Fiddlehead

FiddleheadSpring is an exciting time of year. The forest seems to abound with new life, radiating with new sights, sounds, and smells. I recently went for a walk to photograph the early spring wildflowers in bloom around Heart Lake and Mount Jo. Heavy winds made photographing the flowers difficult. The fiddleheads on the other hand were more stable and offered the opportunity to capture the brilliant detail found in the young leaves just starting to emerge from the coil of the fiddlehead.

In addition to blooming wildflowers you will also find the forest full of birds returning to the area. Many species are mating and building nests this time of year, making it a great time to look and listen for birds. Enjoying the wildflowers and birds is a great springtime activity that can be done at lower elevations while the higher elevation trails finish melting and drying out. In a little less than a month the trails up high will be in much better shape for hiking and you will be rewarded with the showy alpine species blooming on the high elevation summits.

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Brendan Wiltse is the Science & Stewardship Director for the Ausable River Association and a professional conservation photographer. He holds a Ph.D. in Biology from Queen's University in Canada. While not out on the water studying Adirondack lakes and streams, he is often roaming the Wilderness with his camera and dog. You can view is photography at

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