In the forest for avalanches: spring safari in the suburbs

The primrose season is in full swing. And these are not just avalanches: anemone, pneumonia, raspberry – they grow despite the cold, in advance in the hope of a quick warm-up. Where to look for them? There are many beautiful forests around Moscow, where it is wonderful to meet in the spring.

The scientific name of true snow is galanthus. This is an ephemeral plant: the white flowers appear suddenly and disappear quickly until next spring. The search for elusive flowers is a gamble. The Scots call it gallantophilia – with the light hand of gardener Edward Bowles, who addressed his friend with the letters “dear gallantophile”.

In fact, in the wild, blueberries are rare: in the middle lane they are garden plants. But in the forests near Moscow there are many other primroses: blueberry, copse, anemone, corydalis, lungwort, coltsfoot. The season of our ephemeral is not so ephemeral: unlike the blueberries, which already come down in March, these flowers can be found until the end of May. If you are not in a hurry, like a stepmother in the fairy tale “Twelve Months”, but you go for avalanches in season, their search turns into a safari that confirms life.

Snowmobiles are associated with a myth of expulsion from paradise. When Adam and Eve came to earth, it was winter. Then an angel was sent to comfort them. He promised that spring would come soon, he blew on the snowflakes and made them flowers. So there was hope on earth.

Each primrose has its own superpower

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Galanthous improves memory, because it contains galantamine. It is added to medicines for Alzheimer’s disease.

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Lungwort changes color: at first it is pink and then it turns purple. This is a good honey plant, used in teas and salads.

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Korydalis in medicine it is used as a sedative: it contains sanguinarine, the active ingredient of some medicines.

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Spring Adonis can live up to 150 years.

Valley of the Seven Springs

Dozens of streams descend to Protva forming waterfalls from small waterfalls. The largest are five meters high. To see them in full height, you have to climb steep wet slopes: bring waterproof shoes! The terraces are overgrown with bright green moss – spring comes in stark contrast to last year’s grass. The mixed forest here is quite light, so you can find different primroses: corydalis, lungwort, anemone meadows. You can look for them by stopping between streams and at the same time listening to frog concerts: the spawning is only at the beginning of May, on the coast of Protva there is a lot of frog caviar.

How to get there

The village of Zolotkovo is accessible from Mozhaisk or Vereya. Park on Rechnoy Lane and walk down to Protva. The road passes through the water protection zone, after the water meadow you will be in the forest – and immediately you will hear the first streams.

110 km from MKAD along the Minsk highway

Pine forest in dunes

A piece of Karelia an hour and a half drive from Moscow: a transparent pine forest is full of light and audible bird trills, fragrant air soaked with pine needles. The landscape is hilly – under a soft moss carpet, the dunes themselves are hidden. The sand is exposed near the river Nerskaya, which is loved by kayaks: the pines cling graphically to the steep banks. You are less likely to find lungs or vertebrae, but at the edge of the forest there are shrapnel. And you can also see how the blueberries and berries bloom.

How to get there

Natural ReserveIn the shelters are protected certain species of plants and animals and in the shelters nature is protected from any human influence. consists of three sections, separated by the Egoryevskoye highway and the road to their village. Tsiurupi. Comfortable parking is available on the Nerskaya River side.

70 km from the Moscow ring road along the highway Egoryevskoye

Dubrovitsky Forest

The majestic baroque church of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the confluence of the Desna and Pakhra rivers attracts hundreds of tourists to Dubrovitsy every day. But few continue to travel to the surrounding area, but in vain – after all, there are beautiful forests around.

Dubrovitsky forest has the status of a reserve: in confirmation of the place name, oaks grow here – scattered with birches, maples, lindens, elms, pines and firs. This means that we are more likely to see oak anemones, oak roses and many other spring preachers. And on the other side of Pahra, on the side of the village of Erino, there is another mixed forest on a high steep bank. There are many surprises in the forest: a bicycle park, caves, rocks, a fountain and a house with goats and a pig.

How to get there

Dubrovitsky and Erino forests are located on different banks of the river. It is faster to get to Dubrovits along the Kaluga motorway, to Erin – along the Warsaw motorway. Between them you can pass through Armazovo or Podolsk, and in summer with dry weather it is very likely to cross the river.

Erino: 21 km from the Moscow ring road along the Varshavskoye highway

Dubrovitsky Forest: 40 km from MKAD along the Kaluga National Road

Wild primroses can also be found in the forests of Moscow: Bitsevsky and Aleshkinsky, Meshchersky Park and Losiny Ostrov National Park, Pokrovsky-Streshnevo, Kuskovo, Neskuchny Garden. The main thing is to tune in to a little miracle.

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