The day I had decided to visit had been a bit stressful and I was exhausted. As I scrambled down the rock steps, I could hear the water swiftly coursing through the gorge. Soon I felt tiny droplets of mist on my cheek and I could feel the tension melting away.
A tiny bee was visiting these lavender lovelies
It was early April and the Hepatica, Hepatica nobilis, was really putting on a show. One hillside along the gorge was blanketed with petals of delicate pink, white, lavender and blue.
This handsome deep blue variety is my personal favorite
An unusual candy-striped white and pink variety
A waterfall will always brighten one's mood, especially when accompanied by interesting botany. Near the falls I found Carex plantaginea, Plantain-leaved sedge. I had originally learned the common name as Seersucker Sedge. It was easy to remember because the leaves have a puckered appearance.
While poking around near another waterfall area, I stumbled upon this brilliant red Sarcoscypha sp. fungus. I was fascinated with how it was curled about itself. It was very fleshy and a tiny bit slimy to the touch.
Clifton Gorge is such a fascinating place to explore; one could easily spend a day there. I plan for a return visit soon and hope to find the rare Snow Trillium in full bloom.