On an early spring walk along the Moreau River, when the ice was still melting away and the first leaves of our local plants were just beginning to show themselves, I saw this wild strawberry plant.
It was very close to the ground, disguised so it would be easy to miss. Not even a hint of a flower bud yet.
Wild boreal strawberries are one of the sweetest, most amazing wild fruits around. There is simply no way to describe the taste. While the berries are often only about a quarter of an inch long, and hard to find, they are well worth it. Ecologist Robin Wall Kimmerer has a fantastic chapter on the strawberry plant and the lessons we can learn from it in her book Braiding Sweetgrass.