05.27.2021 Trillium Thursday

I know last night might have been a little misleading with the “eve’ title.  I only had the one shot to share…well lots but basically all the same…so today it is back to the Trilliums but with a new species here.

Nodding Trillium-Trillium cernuum, aka Nodding Wakerobin or Whip-poor-will flower, is a species I photographed many years ago in Northern Maine but never shared here. This was in the private woodland garden I visited last Friday along with the Yellow Lady’s Slipper. It was nice to see one locally.

Before meeting up with my friends at the garden, I spent time with my favorites, the Painted Trilliums, one of which I shared the other day.  This is a different flower that that individual which had more curled petals.

Aside from being crazy about these in general, I enjoy the varying undulations (how the Latin name was picked no doubt) in the petals from plant to plant.  In case you are wondering, that funny “blob” is actually an anther atop a stamen. I didn’t notice it in the LCD when composing or would have altered my position slightly to make it more apparent.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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23 Responses to 05.27.2021 Trillium Thursday

  1. Flippin’ ‘eck, Steve… absolutely sunning! Beautiful work, my friend! 🙏📷

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    I really enjoy viewing your captures of the trillium flowers, Steve. They are so beautiful. I am looking out for them here in our Arrow Lakes region. Perhaps I will eventually find them.

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  3. I looked online to see if the nodding trillium flowers have any red like the painted species. The most I could find was pink in some petals,


    but even that seems uncommon.

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    • According to GoBotany they are also pink to red although the two times I’ve seen one it has been pure white. They don’t say how common so I am guessing white is the predominant flower color.


  4. Very Nice Steve! Enjoyed seeing them!

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    I’ve never seen a nodding trillium – both shots are lovely, Steve.

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  6. These are just beautiful photographs, Steve. The color contrast is spot on.

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  7. Ann Mackay says:

    Such elegance! They are very special flowers.

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    Interesting the differences, at least between these two. And I agree, those undulations of the petals really are something. As are the threes. 🙂

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    • Those undulations are so variable that it makes finding them more enjoyable, looking for a pattern not seen before. I did find the one I’ve seen before there with fours but one petal was missing so didn’t photograph it this year.


  9. shoreacres says:

    I’ve always enjoyed your photos of the trilliums, but that nodding version got my attention. I really like that one. Its anthers remind me of those found in nightshade species, although it seems that these aren’t pollinated in the same way. That purple is quite an accent.

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    • The folks who guided me to these didn’t mention the rhody which I guess is common enough as a planting that they didn’t consider it important. But I think the combination is lovely and was happy to get the wider shot as well as a close up. We have Deadly Nightshade growing by our compost bin and now that you mention it I do see a resemblance in the anthers. I like the contrast between the white petals and purple-brown.


    • Oops! I got my posts mixed up. Obviously there is no rhododendron in these shots.


  10. Both beauties … wonderful shots!

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