Ephemeral Beauty

4/27/2013 7:00 AM

Photo by Shannon Sollinger

Thousands of Virginia bluebells (Mertensia viginica) announce that spring has finally sprung along the banks of the Shenandoah River in Clarke County, Va. The bluebell, also known as Virginia cowslip and Roanoke bells, is a spring ephemeral — it emerges in the early spring to flower and reproduce, then withers away leaving only the underground structures.


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