...sometimes even a single feather is enough to fly. (Robert Maclean)



Trillium is such a spectacular woodland flower...
The one growing in our little woodland is the great white trillium grandiflora.
I first saw trillium when I was in college,
hiking through some woodlands in Erie, PA with my friend Tracy,
who is an amazing naturalist, now wildlife documentarian. 
Whenever I see trillium, I remember her.

Trillium is a 'spring ephemeral' and is also sometimes called wake-robin or birthroot.
Its seeds are primarily spread by ants...
White-tailed deer love to eat them,
so we're lucky to have any given the amount of deer that pass through our area.

If you look closely at this photo, you can see some pollen on the right petal.
I'm not sure which bees are most likely to pollinate trillium,
but I can imagine a plump little bumblebee,
saddled down with so much pollen
that on its way navigating out of the flower,
brushes against the side of the petal and leaves a little dusting behind...

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