Sunday, May 10, 2009

White Empress

Great White Trillium
(Trillium grandiflorum)

Last week, the red empress (Trillium erectum) graced the Two Hundred Acre Wood with her august presence , and on this rainy Mother's Day weekend, it is the white empress who nods gently from her groves in the woodland. She is quieter and less vibrantly hued than her earlier appearing sister, but no less magnificent and regal for all that.

Whorled and graciously curved and beaded with rain, this is the archetypal trillium of the north woods, and my own idea of the perfect flower for Mother's Day.

How are we "doing up" this day? I like to turn it on its ear, and approach it from a different direction, first thanking my mother and Mama Gaia for putting me here, then thanking all my own children, human and furry, feathered and leafed and petaled, for the gift of being my children. It's really a day for all of us.


Tabor said...

What a lovely shot of a lovely flower. I must do some wood walking in spite of the numbers of ticks that are out and about now.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful close-up shot of the petal.

Endment said...

Beauty and more beauty!

Deborah Carr said...