May 30-09

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2009: May: May 30-09
As far as the eye can see    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by John Sturos
Trilliums    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by John Sturos
Bright white    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Mary Drew

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 07:15 am:

It's official - spring is really, truly here... the Trilliums are blooming along the U.P. roadsides. The first two photos showing trilliums as far as the eye can see, were snapped between Germfask and Curtis, when John Sturos was passing through that area. Quite the field of flowers he spotted there, but with so much white amongst the green, it would have been hard to miss. Right around the same time John was taking his shots, I was doing the same, only they weren't quite as plentiful and mine were found near Alberta, just past L'Anse.

Some trivia facts about trilliums (source - Wikipedia):

1. Picking trillium flowers can seriously injure the plant.
2. It's illegal in Michigan, to pick and/or transplant trilliums from public lands without a permit from the State. (also in British Columbia, New York, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Washington)
3. Trillium seeds are spread around by ants and mice.
4. Trilliums are part of the Liliales or Lily order.
All I can say, is they sure are pretty, livening the landscape here UP North, so enjoy them while they last!
Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 08:17 am:

Beautiful photos! BTW, the trillium is also Ontario, Canada's provincial flower.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 08:30 am:


By Richard L. Barclay (Notroll) on Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 09:13 am:

These photos brought a smile to me as I took similar pictures about 3 weeks ago along US41 of Bloodroot blooming near Central Creek.
Bloodroot Bloom with curled leaves at its base Blootroot Blooms

By Just me (Jaby) on Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 10:48 am:

Awesome photos. I have never ,ever seen a field of Trilliums like that. We have some in our yard- like about 10 in one area and a few starting in the brush elsewhere but they have been here for like 30 years and never spread like the field above. Very beautiful.

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura (Marsha) on Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 11:26 am:

We have woods full of trilliums in our nearby park in Genesee. The forest floor is carpeted with them!

By Donna (Donna) on Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 01:58 pm:

All phenomenal pictures. Wasn't bloodroot (or maybe still is?) used to dye stuff? That's where the name came made everything blood red?

Or something like that...

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 03:30 pm:

Billiums and billiums of Trilliums!
(With apologies to Carl Sagan!)

By Paul H. Meier (Paul) on Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 04:26 pm:

Gee, that last comment might be better attributed to our Federal Government.

By Maria Sturos (Mrsturos) on Friday, June 12, 2009 - 09:10 pm:

John You haven't seen my trillium pictures yet that I took at the Kettle River Rest Area in Minnesota just south of Duluth a couple weeks ago. They certainly don't compare to yours, but the flower happens to be my favorite as you know.

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