Getting a nice photo in the midst of rain and ugly light is proving to be a challenge. So I grab a few shots when I can and then wait for the conditions to improve. So far the improvement isn't scheduled for another week, with perhaps Thursday as the lone exception for the next 7 days. Nice isn't a word I will use about the weather this year.
The first photo is bloodroot, one of my spring favorites. The flower has waxy petals and lasts but a day, or rarely two. They bloom at the end of my front porch. I wait for their blooms every year. I have 364 days of waiting before the flower blooms again. Isn't it amazing that these gorgeous flowers bloom for just a day? I have to wonder at the evolutionary forces that selected for this and makes a one-day bloomer the winner in the evolutionary scheme of things. Apparently it works, but that's not something that seems as though it should.
My second photo today is a spring beauty, one of at least several flowers that apparently fall under that term. This is one of the more common flowers in my forest. At the moment, only the first of the flowers are blooming. In a good year, perhaps in another week or so, the forest floor will be nearly covered with them.
They range in color from pale pink to white; the soil they grow in makes the color difference. Here, pale pink is the rarer shade, though I have found it within inches of the white flowers, so I would think that the difference in the soil can't be very much.