On April 18, 2008 while hiking the Munson Creek trail in the TeePee/Spring Creek roadless area, about 2 miles from the trailhead I encountered the largest bloom of trilliums that I’ve ever seen. On April 18 of every year since, I have visited that same place to celebrate the beautiful annual bloom of trilliums. It is sad this year for me to realize that I am not up to that steep hike, not yet, and so today I had a small trillium celebration and photo session not very far up from the trail head where there are several dozen blooming near the footbridge over the creek.
Western White Trillium, Pacific Trillium ~ Trillium ovatum
I’m not crazy about the little white spider but it’s a good photo of it. Funny that you should choose trilliums for your post today. Last week, I was weeding around a hedge at the edge of our yard and noticing that the trilliums are out. It’s natural ground just outside our property on one side and there are always trilliums there….trilliums of them. (Well, maybe not trilliums of them, but quite a few.) They’re a beautiful plant and your photos show that very well.
That little white spider is a crab spider, possibly Misumena vatia. It can change its color like a chameleon, but its range is limited to white-yellow. I’ve seen them on goldenrod and strawberry blooms – sometimes not until after I got home and looked at the photo haul.
Through a summer I see the crab spiders on nearly every species of wildflower, although I don’t remember seeing them on orchids. Their yellow color is the most frequent. Five or six years ago we had one on some yellow tulips in our flower garden. He would hide behind the flower from the sun and sleep inside it at night. He stayed with us for several weeks.
Thanks! Trilliums are one of my favorites, possibly because they represent the start of a large number of the early flowers that start their bloom about this time. THey are also very hardy little flowers!
I have never seen a goldenrod crab spider on a trillium before. Although I have them both in abundance in my back yard, the crab spiders have always been drawn to the Shasta daisies, perhaps because they are a popular plant among pollinators creating more opportunity for a juicy meal.
I see crab spiders almost everywhere around here, but in the forests here there are not usually much of a mixture of flowers in one spot so they don’t have the opportunity to chose sone against another. Most I see in their yellow color.
It’s nice to see them. I hope getting down to get photos and then getting up again wasn’t too hard on your new knees though. We won’t see trilliums here for a while yet. We had an inch or so of snow last night and might see 20 degrees tonight.
We were in the low 20’s for a couple nights last week, and about 30 lately. Lots of new snow on the mountains above us. I’m getting more mobile and more used to unusual positions for photographing tiny flowers. It’s worth it though.
Yes, it has been frustrating, but there is a regular progression of progress, so it’s just a matter of time. Last weekend I pushed to hard (at only 3 miles a day) and paid a price for it Monday. Today’s trillium trip wasn’t too bad; a 6 mile drive and a mile hike. I’m hoping that by the time the high elevation snowpack has mostly melted (in July) I’ll be capable of much more aggressive hikes.
Well, we’ll look at the bright side – at least, you are able to be out and about and on your feet. Thankful for that, I’m sure. And the trilliums gave you a little blessing for the day (and for us too). :-)
Yes, I’m very thankful to be up and about. The knee itself seems to be perfect, but all of the associated systems around it haven’t gotten back into their routines yet. It’s been very interesting and extremely painful, but the end result will be well worth it.
I always feel as though spring is well and truly here when your trilliums arrive. And I love your tale of the spider that took up residence in your tulip. It’s really quite amazing to ponder how they make their livings in such small spaces. I think the fourth photo’s my favorite, for its view of the flower, but I did laugh when I got to the end and saw you’d given us a little lagniappe in the form of that spider.
Yes, trillium time is special for me. They have so many different looks to them. The insects that have such a close relationship with the flowers are fascinating to me, especially the little crab spiders. They are very frequent visitors and although I don’t know exactly how, they must serve the purpose of the plants somehow.
Thanks Bill. This is the only trillium species that in native here. I wish we had some of the showy ones. These blossoms will turn pink as they mature toward the end of their bloom. (It took me awhile to figure out that the color was a change in the blossom and not a different species.) They don’t get very red though.
This is a new acquaintance for me … I have never seen this beautiful flower before …
I must ask , is it a little spider inside the flower in your last photo of this serie ? …
I also would like to wish you and your family a happy Easter holiday ! … // Maria :)