Trout Lilies

Hiking over in the Birkheads again this weekend, I finally stumbled upon the elusive trout lilly. Met a biologist by the name of Brian on my way in, who had been out checking aquatic life and photographing wildflowers as well. He told me that he had spotted them along the stream on the trail. Sure enough, on the left side of the Thornburg trail on a high bluff overlooking Betty McGee’s Creek was a large patch of them. This is the most I’ve ever seen in one spot. A couple were open, but most were preparing to open. Trout lilies are usually among the first wildflowers to bloom in the spring. However, seems like this year the crocus and daffodils may have beat them to the punch.

I was also happy to see that a new split-rail cedar fence had been installed around the parking area. There are also signs on the property identifying the many structures and approximately what time they were built. ~MB

Photographic Notes: Nikon D90 with 18-200 mm VR f/3.5-5.6 lens. Photo of cedar fence taken with my Apple iPhone 4. All images © Matt Bennett Photography.

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