Saturday, March 18, 2023

Pic(k) of the Week: Sweet Betsy in bloom!

Little Sweet Betsy in bloom!

Look down! There, on the forest floor! It's a native wildflower, a "Little Sweet Betsy" trillium, blooming in late winter. Notice the yellow specks of pollen. Spring is coming.

Seen on 9 March 2023, in the Glenn Creek Nature Preserve: a small community-maintained city park in Decatur, Georgia, USA.
Trillium cuneatum —commonly known as the little sweet betsy— is a species of flowering trillium, native to the southeastern United States. The plant has three broad, mottled leaves surrounding a banana-scented, sessile [blossom lacking a stalk] flower. The petals are erect and either maroon, bronze, green, or yellow in color, flowering from early March to late April. It is the largest of the eastern sessile-flowered trilliums.

The preserve appears to be a haven for these native wildflowers. Here's another Little Sweet Betsy trillium, but snapped head-on.

Sweet Betsy in bloom! (02)

Trillium —also known as wake-robin, toadshade, tri-flower, birthroot, birthwort, or, sometimes, 'wood lily'— is a genus of about fifty flowering plant species in the Melanthiaceae family [also called the bunchflower family]. Trillium species are native to temperate regions of North America and Asia, with the greatest diversity of species found in the southern Appalachian Mountains of the southeastern United States.

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of images posted on Saturdays, occasionally, but not always (as is the case today), with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • Photo 12 of 52, for year 2023. See a hi-res version at Flickr: here.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

  • Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M10 II.
      • Image 1
        • Lens: Olympus M.14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
        • Settings: 11 mm | 1/1600 sec | ISO 400 | ƒ/3.5
        • Peripheral: Olympus WCON-P-01 Wide Converter (11 mm focal length).
      • Image 2
        • Lens: Lumix G Vario 100-300/F4.0-5.6
        • Settings: 171 mm | 1/100 sec | ISO 400 | ƒ/8.0

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