Jack’s Walk

First trilliums of the year, ©voyager, all rights reserved

It’s been a beautiful, sunny day and spring has decided to kick into high gear. Today we found may-apple, trout lilies and a small grouping of trilliums that are probably red because the red ones always come up first.  I carefully noted the spot and will try to get photos of them in bloom. I say ‘try’ because red trilliums are quite short-lived, often lasting only a day or two after they bloom. They’re also more fragile than the white ones. They’re thinner and more transparent, and their stems droop, so you need to photograph them from underneath. As you might imagine, at my age, getting underneath a short flower isn’t something you attempt willy-nilly. You need to make sure that a) you have room to maneuver, b) there is something to hold on to (sturdy saplings are preferred), and c) you have someone with you in case of emergency. The expression “Help. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” isn’t as funny as it used to be.

Stay sane out there.


  1. dakotagreasemonkey says

    Have you tried carrying a small hand mirror? That way, you can photograph from “underneath”, from above!
    Build a mound of sticks and leaves to prop the mirror underneath, then zoom in on the mirror image, and take the shot from above.
    Practice in the house, first, that way there is no stress, and just delete practice photos!
    Good luck!
    Thanks again for all you do on Affinity!

  2. voyager says


    Thanks! It makes perfect sense. I’m definitely going to give it a try.

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