Okay, we still don’t have spring yet, but the weatherman says it’s on it’s way. We’ll see, I have heard this before and I am still not seeing much spring activity outside, except for my allergies…figures lol !!
Here in Madison Indiana and down in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park we are looking to be about three weeks behind the bloom so like it or not I need to be patient and just wait it out. I just hope the cold hasn’t affected the bloom much and I will be able to photograph some great wildflower displays !!
The pic I am displaying here is a Large Flowering Trillium that I shot at Clifty Falls State Park in Southern Indiana few years ago. At least I am able to keep my sanity by going back and processing and sharing old images, hopefully it won’t be much longer before I can share some fresh images for you.
Here is another example of one of the many beautiful wildflowers I was able to photograph in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park earlier this spring. This is another Trillium that blooms so prolifically in the Park, Catesby’s Trillium to be exact, according to The US Forest Service…
Catesby’s Trillium (Trillium catesbaei)
By Mark Pistrang
Based upon recent genetic research trillium species now belong to the family Trilliaceae. Historically trilliums have been placed in the lily family, Liliaceae. Trilliums are rhizomatous herbs with unbranched stems. Trillium plants produce no true leaves or stems above ground. The “stem” is actually just an extension of the horizontal rhizome and produces small, scale-like leaves called cataphylls. These highly modified leaves surround the flowering scape (the above ground plant) as it pushes up through soil in early spring. The leaf-like structures are technically bracts subtending the flower. Despite their morphological origins, the bracts have external and internal structure similar to that of a leaf, function in photosynthesis, and most authors refer to them as leaves.
Trilliums are divided into two major groups: The pedicellate and sessile trilliums. In the pedicellate trilliums, the flower sits upon a pedicel (stalk) that extends from the whorl of bracts. These trillium flowers are either “erect,” above the bracts, or “nodding,” recurved under the bracts. In the sessile trilliums, there is no pedicel and the flower appears to arise directly from the bracts.
Catesby’s trillium falls within the pedicellate group. This beautiful spring wildflower’s flower is on a recurved pedicel that curls back under the leaves often obscuring it from view. Flowers are typically seen from late March through June. It is distinguished by its nodding white, pink, or rose colored flowers with egg-yolk yellow anthers and its widely spaced leaves that are rolled inwardly along the length of the leaf. This unusual leaf morphology allows the flower to be more readily observed. Catesby’s trillium tends to occur in drier habitats and is typically found on acid soils, in open dry or rich mesic woods, within laurel and rhododendron thickets. Catesby’s trillium is found in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
And here is the photo…I am just too lazy tonight to try and explain all the scientific stuff lol.
I got an evening off so I thought I might share a photo or two from a recent trip to The Great Smoky Mountain National Park where I was able to capture a quite a few very nice images from the Tennessee Mountains.
It was one of the best wildflower seasons I ever have been part of here in Madison Indiana and it was no different in the Southern Mountains. Just about every species was in full bloom when I got there and I was able to add some great shots to my portfolio.
Here are a couple shots of Trillium that I was able to capture while I was there..identifying these sometime gets a little tricky so excuse me if I mistake them.
The first one is a Sweet White Trillium followed by a Large Flowering Trillium…hopefully lol !!
So there you go if you got a positive id on these don’t be bashful, let me know so I won’t make that mistake again !!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, and don’t forget to click on the image for best viewing.
Sweet White Trillium
Large Flowering Trillium
Wow, what a whirlwind the last three weeks has been …since I last posted I have had 7 Senior Portrait sessions, shot a wonderful artists work from here in Madison Indiana and then spent 6 days in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park photographing wildflowers !!
I have actually got a minute or two to sit down and share a few more shots of the great wildflower bloom from Clifty Falls State Park, the only disappointing thing in this years bloom is how fast it happened and then ended, other then that this has been one of the best I have witnessed especially down in the Smokys which I will post about later.
Here are a few more examples of the beautiful flowers that I photographed in Clifty Falls State Park..Garlic Mustard, White Trillium and Squirrel Corn. All three are very neat and unique flower that grows in our area and all are beautiful in their own little way as well !!
I hope you enjoy viewing these wonderful little wildflowers as much as I did photographing them and if you get a chance check back in later to see the flowers from the East Tennessee Mountains, hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by !!
It has been an incredible show so far, best wildflower bloom I have seen in at least five years, Clifty Falls State Park has been putting on show the last few days that don’t come around often. I spent yesterday evening in the gorge at Clifty Falls and have never seen so many varieties blooming at once and the colors are so vibrant I can’t begin to describe them !!
The ground was virtually covered in Blue-Eyed Marys and Virginia Bluebells, and in between Wild Phlox and false Rue Anemone added a great contrast to the vivid colors. I have been able to really get a lot of great shots this year, hopefully this trend will continue this spring !!
I think the peak is right now and probably after this weekend things will go downhill fast, so if you want to see the show this weekend should be your best bet !!
Here are some more shots from Southern Indiana and Clifty I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did in capturing their beauty , thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!