We salute National Poetry Month with a poem by Walt Whitman, the 19th century poet whose birthplace is a New York State Historic Site.
Unseen buds, infinite, hidden well,
Under the snow and ice, under the darkness, in every square or
Germinal, exquisite, in delicate lace, microscopic, unborn,
Like babes in wombs, latent, folded, compact, sleeping;
Billions of billions, and trillions of trillions of them waiting,
(On earth and in the sea – the universe – the stars there in the
Urging slowly, surely forward, forming endless,
And waiting ever more, forever more behind.
Walt Whitman, Leaves of grass, 1891-1892
Take some time this month to see the poetry in the unseen buds and early spring flowers in a state park or historic site near you.
Black walnut buds, Photo by S. Carver, State Parks
Birch buds, photo by S. Carver, State Parks
Tamarac buds, photo by S. Carver, State Parks
This shrub is found is found in cool forests with sugar maple, beech and birch. The buds of hobblebush are large and lack protective bud scales so they look like praying hands. The buds open as the leaves expand, and some contain a cluster of flower buds in the center as you see here. You can learn more about this plant at the NY Plant Atlas. http://newyork.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=726
This shrub is one of the favorite nesting spots for black-throated blue warblers. Photo by J. Lundgren, NYSNHP
Fern fronds, photo by State Parks
Sugar maple buds, photo by S. Carver, State Parks
Large-flowered bellwort, photo by State Parks
5 thoughts on “Unseen Buds”
Can anyone tell us about the progress of the NYS Moreau Lake Park
Hi Ms. O’Connor – Moreau Lake State Park does have handicapped sites for camping. If you search for a campsite in Reserve America,
click on interested in:
Camping & Lodging
Then click the more options to see what is accessible. Free electric is availabale with a doctor’s note.
Thanks for reading NY State Parks Blog
Person is in a wheelchair. I thought they were building cabins now.
Sorry, while Moreau Lake State Park has cabins, they are not accessible.
Thank you so much!