May is one of the best times to see plants in bloom along the Salt Marsh Trail. The experience is not one to miss. Barely visible from the trail, bog rhododendrons, shown above, look rather exotic for these woods.
Simpler wild strawberries are in bloom on the ground. They seem especially numerous this year.
The soft pink of the flowering apple trees is a special treat for the eyes against the dark green of the woods and a bright blue sky.
Pin cherry trees are barely noticeable at other times of the year but right now their blooms allow them to stand out from surrounding greenery.
Up close, an elderberry bloom looks like an ornate chandelier.
Most ubiquitous of all are the delicate service berry blooms. Unfortunately, they’re the most susceptible to being blown off their branches by strong winds.
Perhaps it’s this quality about them that makes them seem so fragile and ephemeral. Like springtime itself, they never seem to be around long enough.