Friday, May 3, 2013

Forest Delight

Anyone who tries to possess a flower will have to watch its beauty fading. But if you simply look at a flower in the field, you'll keep it forever.
That is what the forest taught me. That you will never be mine, and that is why I will never lose you.
Paulo Coelho, Brazilian author in Brida (1990)

I took the day off and wandered a path through the woods with the Time Traveller. What a wonderful surprise to find our path lined with trilliums. I have never seen the forest floor so covered in blossoms.

The white trillium is our provincial flower and so from a young age we are made aware of the specialness of this forest beauty. It takes six or more years for a plant to produce a flower which blooms for a short time in early May; so we were very lucky to be walking in the woods at just the right time.

While the white trilliums turned their faces towards the sunlight, the spectacular red trillium preferred to look towards the shadows. Bold colour but reserved personality.

A few other spring beauties along the path were unfamiliar. We were blessed with a warm and bright spring day that was made all the more special with the gift of this unexpected beauty.


Anonymous said...

Hi Shari,
Believe it or not, I know what kind of flower that is! We saw them on our walk in haliburton last weekend, and Mom looked it up in her flower book. It is called a Trout Lily.
Cathie, Elizabeth, Jeanette and Nicole

Shari said...

It doesn't look a bit like a fish to me, but I'm glad to know it's name. I bet it's not happy being named after a trout. Do you suppose the name references its mottled leaves?

Thank you for solving the mystery!