When walking Luke yesterday morning, I was excited to spot a wildflower called a Painted Trillium right along one of our trails!
There are different varieties of trilliums in New Hampshire, and back in the days when we used to camp and hike a lot in the White Mountains and their foothills, Trilliums were some of the first flowers we’d ever see along the trails in the spring. Trilliums are in the lily family and the painted variety was what we’d see most, along with a purple one. I was thrilled to find one right here in our own woods!
My phone was having issues so I couldn’t get a good photo. I went back alone later with my DSLR to get some photos, and to see if I could find any more. In my hunt for more trilliums, I was again excited to run across what I’m pretty sure are Lady Slippers! They are not open yet, but the leaves are right. After spotting one, I spotted many more! This is another flower we’d usually only see in the spring when hiking. I’ll be watching for these to open and share some photos and a bit more about this wild native orchid when they do.
Meanwhile, here closer to the house, our azalea bush is blooming, and we’ve got some lone tulips here and there.
One other fun find, not nature related, was this tin can I found in the woods near all those flowers. I thought it was pretty cool when I looked it up and found that this particular Krueger label was only made until 1952! I’ll be going back to get that out of there, and add it to my bottle collection. Hubby recently found a big Moxie bottle and I’m always finding beer bottles as well. I think drinking was a common habit for the farmers that were here before us. 🙂
Have you ever found anything fun or exciting – even if only to you – when out on a walk with your dog?
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