August 6, 2011

Cardinal Flowers Ablaze

Cardinal flowers along the Concord River, opposite GMNWR

"The cardinals in the ditch make a splendid show now, though they would have been much fresher and finer a week ago...They look like slender plumes of soldiers advancing in a dense troop...That is the most splendid show of cardinal-flowers I ever saw."  - Thoreau, Journal, August 27, 1856
Cardinal flowers are coming into bloom on-time this year and, echoing Thoreau's 1856 observation, it is the most splendid show many of us have ever seen.

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