MOUNT RAINIER NATURE NEWS NOTES
||April 1st, 1927
THE RED FLOWERING CURRENT.
In the lower valleys the warm sunny days which we have enjoyed of
late has brought the red current into bloom. Soon it will be adding a
touch of brilliant red to the greening roadsides of the park. When the
red of the current is first noticeable along the roads we may look for
the trillium and the yellow violets in the woods and the skunk cabbage
will begin to unroll its yellow leaves in the swamps. With the passing
of the current later in the spring the lower valleys will not know such
flaming colors again until the frost paints the leaves of the vine maple
and mountain ash in the fall.
MORE SIGNS OF SPRING.
As you look about you at Longmire Springs there is little besides the
calendar to tell you that spring is here, but a thousand feet lower down
on sunny afternoons you do not need your calendar, or your eyes either,
to tell you that the balmy days are near. Your nose knows! Perhaps you
wonder at first just what is the sweetly aromatic odor which prevades
the air. It is the balsm covered buds of the black cottonwood and I
know no smell so characteristic of spring in the lower valleys.