Sunday, February 24, 2013

First Trillium Black Rock Mountain, Georgia

This is a photo of the first Trillium I found last year on March 6, 2012. It was just off the main road going into Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia. My first this year was last night February 23 at the Chattooga River along Hwy. 76. I didn't take a photo yet of it. The 2013 trillium season has begun!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Tennessee Rock Trail

One of the main trails in Black Rock Mountain State Park is the Tennessee Rock Trail. This trail goes thru a variety of wild plant habitats. And, in places here is an abundance of trilliums, as well as, other wildflowers and forests. Here are similar trilliums but, as you look closely the color of the flowers are not the same.

Tough Trillium

Some trilliums are quite tough and are not. This one is of a tough variety. I found it growing along the road above the spring house at Black Rock Mountain State Park. This is an area where trilliums and a lot of other wildflowers grow near the Spring House. There is a trail that meanders thru the bed of flowers with signs along it saying not to leave the trail in this sensitive area. Last year after the tornados downed trees someone came in with heavy tracked equipment to remove the fallen trees. There did not seem to be much care in the clean up. Just my opinion on the matter. This year I shall return to see how much damage was really done in this sensitive area. I am hoping many of these tough wildflowers will return in spite of the treatment they endured.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Special Places

Young people probably will never have seen an oil can like this. But, someone left it along with several more in a bed of trillium many years ago. As you can see, it takes decades to recycle products like these in nature. Please, pack out and properly dispose of trash rather than discard it in a natural garden or forest.

Road and Trail Damage

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Valentine's Day is February 14!

I know this isn't about trilliums but, it is important.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Dreams of Spring Trillium

Spring is just around the corner. Last year I found trillium leaves coming out of the ground before the snow and ice had melted. It is time once again to start looking for our favorite trilliums. As soon as I find one I will begin posting photos often for you to enjoy.