20180525 Trip to Loring, Trilliums, Blue Coshosh, Jack in Pulpit and birds


Reflections of trilliums in a vernal pool

We made a day trip to Port Loring to see the trilliums in all of their glory.

Here they are as seen through an Ultra Wide Angle 14mm EFL lens:  (Click on the images to zoom in.)

Sharp-eyed viewers will notice the pink trillium 1/3 from the left in the 14mm EFL shot above and the stinking Benjamin 1/3 from the left in the 14mm EFL image below…

Similar area, this time with a “normal” 70 mm EFL lens:

Compare the above wide angle images with this telescopic image below — made with the 800mm EFL lens.  I wanted to show the texture of the petals as a result of light rain…


All of the rest of the pictures in this post were made with my 200-800 mm EFL lens.  

I find the fractal textures in the image below to be appealing.

This group of Turkey vultures formed this classic image out of old western movies but on the Old Still River Road….


The light rain gave some texture to these Amelanchier canadensis (?).  Unfortunately they all suffer from some sort of blight and I’ve not seen any ripen to maturity in the Britt area.   Too bad as their berries make a very nice pie.

Blue Cohosh on Old Still River Road, nearing the end of its bloom.

Young Jack-in-the-pulpit behind Dore’s Camp at Key River …

Peek-a-boo on Hwy five two two!

All of the following pictures were made on Balsam Creek Road, a little loop off of Hwy 522 east of Ess Narrows. I usual make the detour as the flora in that rich forest is very interesting … and pleasant………..

First time seen this year.  First time ever seen on a trillium.  I normally start to see them in early June when the lilacs are in bloom.  Hemaris diffinis or Hemaris thysbe

Two nice photographs of stinking Ben…

The first of the viburnums are in bloom with their characteristics infertile blossoms attracting pollinators to the fertile inner blossoms.  The simple but heavily veined leaf identifies it as a Hobble bush.

Clintonia borealis is also known as blue-bead lily or Clintonia, also Clinton’s lily, corn Lily, cow tongue, yellow beadlily, yellow bluebeadlily, snakeberry, dogberry, and straw lily and will be blooming in rich hardwood forests over the next few weeks… usually signalling the start of our purple ladyslippers…

These Carolina Spring Beauties are continuing to bloom.  Illinois wildflowers describes the closely-related Claytonia virginica.

Walter Muma  compares the two species:

Carolina spring beauty.

Narrow-leaved spring beauty.

Books about photography say that real photographers should make pictures of an odd number of blossoms.  The one above breaks the rules.

So I had to include this one:

And this is an odd number of stinkin’ Bens:

This Red-eyed Vireo was busy gleaning the new maple leaves at the west end of Balsam Creek Road.

Mary Holland has some interesting comments about Male American Redstarts

Rich has published his Memorial Day weekend forecast for the Mid Atlantic States — a good indicator of things to come up here in the sticks.