“Despite the forecast, live like it's spring.”
There are numerous reasons why one would be ecstatic about spring, but my personal favorites are the beautiful trilliums that pop their delicate flowers out in April and May. I usually spot them alongside the mountain biking and hiking trails. Their sight brings me instant joy and puts a smile on my face. A few times I became so excited to see them while riding my mountain bike, that I lost my concentration and as a result, was about to get too close and personal by nearly face-planting in the dirt next to them.
According to the U.S. Forest Service, "forty-three species of trillium are known worldwide with a startling thirty-eight represented in North America." They come in multiple colors and as their name suggests, usually have three petals and three sepals, but the 'Flore Pleno', pictured above, is an exquisite double form that sports numerous petals and produces pure white flowers.
I came upon this little gem along the Rattlesnake Ledge trail in mid April. It was the first time I saw this gorgeous variety of trillium in the wild.
Below is a photo of the Western Trillium I have been familiar with. I would love to encourage you to get outside and find them before they disappear until the next spring.