Monday, May 19, 2008


Painted Trillium*
(Trillium undulatum)

Three by three by three
Odd Trillium symmetries
Older than the stones


Red Trillium*
(Trillium erectum)

*Taken in the mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania this weekend before a high spring rain.


Sarah Hina said...

Older than the stones, but always so fresh and appealing, and ready to receive that rain.

SzélsőFa said...

We don't have this species here in Hungary, but look what I've found (thanks google):
A plant can live for at least 26 years (the age can be measured by rings on the rhizome, but rings older than 26 years are typically lost or obscured by rot). Trilliums will not flower until they are 15 years old.

Are they common in PA?

JaneyV said...

I've never seen a three-petalled flower before. i had not idea they existed. And so beautiful too. Y'see this is why I love your blog. Every time I visit I learn something new!

Bridget Jones said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous. Didn't know that there was any other trillium but white.


Anonymous said...

Sarah, sounds like you've spoken to a fair number of Trillium yourself. :)

Szelsofa, I didn't know that! Thanks so much for that information. Trillium are a delicate species (and now I know why). They are not rare, but definitely uncommon and dependent on undisturbed forest.

Janey, there is something special about the Trillium. I never tire of seeing them.

Bridget Jones, the painted variety are my favorite so far. They seem to prefer drier ground and are less common than the red, which can congregate in moist or wet areas.

Geraldine said...

Your photography is just amazing Jason, well done again! What a great technique you have found to work with. Breathtaking results.

Trilliums are the provincial flower of Ontario where I lived many years ago. They are truly a lovely sight.

anne frasier said...

beautiful, jason.

Bernita said...

They are so beautiful en masse as they are in the woods here.
"high spring rain" - beautiful line.

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