April 18,2013: The Highland Park Chapter of NPSNJ did a field trip to the Preserve. The place was pretty much brown because most of the vegetation was not up yet. We started at the trailhead along River Road near Cedar Lane. We walked part of the orange and blue trails.
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We saw lots of spring beauty (Claytonia_virginica) and trout lily (Erythronium americanum) sprinkled throughout the forest floor. Most of the spring beauties are white. We found some very pink spring beauties. Instead of the usual pink stripes radiating from the center, the pink was a broader area starting from the center.
There was a lonely cutleaf toothwort (Dentaria laciniata) flower.
The young plants have awl-like leaves while the mature plants have scale-like leaves.
Pair of mallard ducks enjoying the creek. There were 7 of us on the hike (6 in the photo + photographer).
Hope you will join us next time.