Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Trillium Cove

We had frost last night but today is a glorious sunny, spring day with temperatures in the low 60s. I had to get outside as soon as it warmed up.

On our land, there is a steep hollow or cove. The only time I go there is in the third week of April to check out the trillium. Today, I realized I hadn't done so so I went, thinking I was too late to see the blooms.

Photo: April 30, 2008

I spotted a Large Flowered Trillium right away.

Photo: April 30, 2008

A Tiger Swallowtail was busy feeding on the nectar on this pink-colored trillium flower.

As I ventured further up the hollow, I realized I had gone at the perfect time---more trillium than I ever remember seeing. They lined both sides of the cove, maybe several thousand but way too many to count. I don't know if this was a good year or if I had just timed it perfectly.

Photo: April 30, 2008

It is hard to see from this photo but the trillium carpet this slope.

Photo: April 30, 2008

Coming back, I walked by this moss-covered log with a large mushroom growing on it, the same type of mushroom that has grown on it for several years. Sophie, our rather large cat, posed with it so you can get a good idea of how big it is--the cap was a good 9 inches in diameter.

Photos: April 30, 2008

The mushroom does not have gills--more like sponge underneath. If anyone knows what type of mushroom this is, please let me know.


  1. Trillium are one of my favorite wildflowers! I have no idea about the mushroom...but it is a beauty!
    So is your CAT!

  2. I just love all the flower colors that are out in the woods right now! Bravo job with the trilliums!

  3. We're noticing "prettier than ever" flowering, too.
    And, considering last year's drought and the hardship it seemed to inflict--it surprises me.
    I almost wonder if the summer sent some sort of signal to them--produce heartily, life is hard.
    I also admire your cat--I lovely the lovely black!

    (sorry, cannot ID 'shrooms)

  4. Kerri-I love trillium too. My cat has to go with me whenever I walk in the woods. And she always tries to get in the photo!

  5. Nina--we have had a little better rainfall this spring so maybe that helped the trillium or I just got there at the right time.

    My cat, Sophie, thanks you for the compliment.

    I'll keep working on the mushroom ID.

  6. Monarch--thanks for the note. The woods are quickly becoming all green!