One of the last trillium of the year (at sea level, anyway). I liked the Black and White image better than the color. One of those things that you can feel, even if you can’t explain why.
I really enjoy Trillium … they signal the beginning of the flower season to me. The petals turn purple when they are getting old (see the newer blooms in the background). This one is also carrying a lot of tree pollen. My eyes were sure scratchy by the time I was done with my walk.
The contrast between the green of the vanilla leaf and the intense purple of the trillium caught my eye. This must have been one of the latest blooming trillium in the area … it was the only one I saw with the leaves still attached.
This Giant White Fawn Lily was growing alongside a trail in the lower Elwha Valley in the Olympic National Park. I was puzzled by identification at first. It looked like an avalanche lily, but that lily doesn’t have the mottled leaves. It also reminded me of a yellow fawn lily, but obviously, the color was wrong. A first flower for me… and a fairly rare one.
I was really delighted when I found it and wished I had carried my 100mm macro lens and a tripod. I used my 80-400mm zoom and stayed back and it worked out okay. I had to bump the ISO up to 3200 to get the shutter speed up high enough to avoid vibration and movement from the slight breeze… on a cloudy day.
Camera: Nikon D850 Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 300mm ISO 3200 1/1250 sec f/5.6