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Mountain laurel flowering in December

I stumbled upon a solitary mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) flower yesterday while walking around Lake Mohonk in New Paltz. It isn’t the prettiest mountain laurel flower, but it was DECEMBER 27th, approximately six (!) months before one would expect a mountain laurel flower in this area. This December has been the warmest on record for the area, I think, and Christmas Eve was almost 70 °F (!!). Crazy, and really, really sad. This flower isn’t alone, apparently — the New York Times has a compilation of strange phenology across the country.

Colin Purrington Photography: Plants &emdash; winter-mountain-laurel

If you’d like to see photographs of prettier mountain laurel at Mohonk, here are photographs I took a few summers ago.

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Spring in the dead of Winter

I took this photograph on January 31st while wearing a t-shirt. I like flowers and insects and warm weather, but I sure miss the discrete seasonality of my youth. Winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis), growing in the Crum Woods, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania.

Fly foraging for nectar on Eranthus hyemalis (Eranthis hyemalis; Ranunculaceae). Crum Woods, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania.

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