A week or two ago, a wildflower walk meant searching for scattered blossoms. Now the woods are full of blooms. Income taxes are due today, which is a reminder that it's a good time for ephemeral wildflowers in Kalamazoo. Lots of early wildflowers are at their peak, including Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) [pictured above].
Squirrel Corn (Dicentra canadensis), a close relative, is also in bloom. Its peak is a little later than Dutchman's Breeches.
Spring Beauty are at their peak with hundreds of flowers visible from a single spot.
I teach economics at Kalamazoo College. My wife is also an economist. We were on sabbatical in Europe for the 2014-15 academic year. (Salamanca, Spain, followed by Oxford, UK.) We were in Uruguay for the 2006-7 academic year.