April showers may bring May flowers, but this month has its own colorful blossoms bursting into bloom! On my recent trip to Saint Edward State Park, there were salmonberry blossoms aplenty, their translucent petals and leaves like stained glass against the sunlight. These brilliant fuschia flowers are among the first things to bloom in the forest each spring, along with indian plum, trillium, and skunk cabbage.
It's always astonishing to hike through the forest in early spring, when most of the deciduous vegetation is still naught but bare twigs and there is no green to be found... but there, like an overeager guest arriving early for a party, is a bright pink salmonberry flower, its starburst of petals flung wide open to gleefully welcome the spring season that hasn't quite arrived just yet.
These just look like such happy flowers. If this week's rainy weather has you down, hopefully the photos of these cheerful blossoms and sunshine will warm you up a bit.
Come summertime, these flowers will wilt away and be replaced by sweet berries that taste like a mixture of a raspberry and blackberry, and range in hue from honey yellow to deep ruby-red. But in the meantime, the salmonberry thickets are dotted with brilliant pink, with these unabashed flowers who dare to be the first to bloom!