Nature at 55

White Trout LilyNo, I’m not 55 years old… yet… though that age approaches quickly enough.  I’m talking miles per hour here…  It happens to me often… zooming down the road on my way to work or some other important event… when suddenly, something catches my eye… something unfamiliar… a new color, or shape that has no name inside my brain.  Last year, I found Wild Garlic that way.

 This week, it was a fairly large patch of bright, white flowers that formed stars in the grass along the side of the road.  I screeched to a halt, parked on the side of the road, grabbed the camera, and snapped a couple of pictures.  As soon as I was close enough, I knew what they were:   White Trout Lilies (Erythronium albidum).  I had just said to someone the day before that while I have seen massive colonies of the yellow variety, I had never seen White Trout Lilies.  And here, I drive past them every day…  Ironic.  I was only a little late for work.


White Trout Lilies


What have you stopped along the side of the road for?

13 thoughts on “Nature at 55

  1. Wow, those are beautiful! I wonder of the Glacier Lilies of the western US come in white too. I’ve never seen that though.

  2. Beautiful flower photos! Sarah often gives me a hard time for looking at birds and/or flowers out the window, but I just can’t help it.

    I once stopped in Point Reyes to photograph a pretty patch of Douglas Irises growing alongside the road only to find when we got to our destination that there were huge hillsides covered in them!

  3. Sounds like you and Tom (AKA Mon@rch) should make a trip to Erie so I can take you to Elk Creek. You would be in heaven with all the wildflowers there.

  4. Thanks, all!

    Linda – They’re right on Route 60 before you turn onto Route 62. I’ll try to pay better attention today and get you a landmark.

    Toni – When???!!! I’m ready!

  5. Such a lovely flower, I’ve only ever seen the yellow variety, too.

    I will sometimes joke that I know the how and where of my eventual death – I’ll be birding while driving, and either have steered off the road while excitedly looking at some unusual bird, or been crashed into when I slam on the brakes to check something out roadside. Actually, I’m usually very careful when driving to make sure I check for traffic before I do silly things like that, and I won’t stop/slow if there are other cars around, no matter the species, but I do make regular screeching halts for birds. And occasionally a good landscape photo op.

  6. Well, …that’d be my favorite story to tell!
    You know, the soup cooking one?

    The white trout lilies are perfect.
    I don’t think I’ve ever found them.

  7. I haven’t seen a white trout lily except in photos.

    I didn’t stop, but certainly did a double-take driving down toward Little Rock last Friday when I noticed the really large individual in a herd of goats was actually a camel.

  8. I stop mostly for birds – and mostly for hawks (if I have my camera). I have an uncanny knack for seeing hawks in trees along the road, so luckily I don’t have my camera with me that often, or I might be causing accidents!

    I’ve never even HEARD of white trout lily – so I’m glad you let me know about them so that I can look for ’em!

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