The dogwoods around Springfield have started to leaf out and lose their petals, so I drove about 50 miles north to the Lead Mine Conservation Area to find the forest filled with flowers. The smattering of white blossoms across the landscape is one reason why spring is my favorite season in the Ozarks.
Wake Robin No. 1, from the trail around Valley Water Mill, April 21, 2014
The wake robin is one of my favorite springtime wildflowers, and yesterday they were starting to open up. They are a simple but showy flower of fantastic contrast, with three deep burgundy petals on top of mottled green leaves. This is the first of several images I made of wake robins yesterday; more forthcoming.