Spring ephemeral wildflowers continue to advance. Today I hunted Prairie Trillium, Trillium recurvatum. I only know one place locally where it grows, though I am sure it can be found in many places locally. The spot I visited is about an hour away so I drove over there today - and there the flowers right where I left them when I last visited in 2007 (click on the images for lager files):
Yesterday I went to my usual haunts and found a bed of fiddlehead ferns. I have no idea what the the taxonomic designation would be:
And on my way back to the ferns I found some Squirrel Corn, Dicentra canadensis. I seldom see squirrels deep in the forest but if they are there, I suspect they would prefer some old fashioned maize over this:
I have a handful more close-ups to process and post, and later this week (when I can next get away) I hope to make some landscape shots of the spring woods.
Comment from: Amy Visitor
Beautiful shot of Prairie Trillium. I laughed out loud when I saw that you wrote “Today I hunted Prairie Trillium” because I literally just did the same less than a week ago! I have done the same every year since 2002. It grows near my home between a bike trail and railroad tracks. I am obsessed with this plant, so I have to resist the urge to bring it home even though I fear it will be destroyed by people dumping their yard waste and garbage very near it. I look forward to seeing it each spring. Thanks for sharing your beautiful picture!
Comment from: Member
Thanks Amy! Prairie Trillium is a beautiful flower. I drive down to the Warren Woods state park to find it, a good distance from Kalamazoo. You are lucky to have it near your home.