On April 18th in 2008 I found a place along the Munson Creek trail where Trilliums abound and I’ve visited that place on April 18th every year since. Usually they are in full bloom but today, although they were plentiful, they have just begun their bloom and the flowers are quite small. At that elevation (3,400 feet) small patches of snow still remain on the ground. After photographing a few of the trilliums I hiked on up the trail to 4,100 feet where winter is still in full season and spring is still in the future.
Western White trillium, Pacific Trillium, Wake Robin, Birthroot, Trillium Ovatum
Thanks Matti! The flowers in these photos live in an area that has no roads and has never been exploited by logging or mining or anything else. They are along a narrow trail that was made in the 1930′s to enable rangers to get to a fire lookout and it is still maintained for hiker and horsemen, although very few take horses up it any more. It is always amazing to see in places like that what the world looked like long before “civilization” changed everything.
Yes they are fresh… kept on ice! There was a little snow around them and these are just the earliest ones to bloom. There are leaves and stalks shooting up through the snow. At this elevation things seem to be a week or two later than usual. About a mile up the trail and 700 feet above these was the snow line.
Your trilliums give us a thrillium! I can’t believe it’s been a year since they last appeared here – or maybe 10 or 11 months. I’m not sure how long they’re in season. In any event, they’re beautiful, and such a pleasure to see.
They have become a sort of benchmark of spring here for me. They will be around for maybe a month, at different elevations. There were even a few buds of blue clematis at the lower elevations already too.
I was a little disappointed this year that they weren’t in full bloom yet, but that’s the way it goes. It’s a rather hard hike up to where they are. I liked the light on # 3 too. There was just a brief minute of sun on it and I got the shot.
These photos are gorgeous (and so is the flower). This is the third time I’ve tried to comment (power to the house just cut out this time!) You can see I really like this – I had to come back again to comment! :)