For a fleeting window in the spring before the trees reclaim their leaves, the forest floor is briefly carpeted in ephemeral blooms. These woodland wildflowers make the most of all the additional sunlight that can reach down to the forest floor before a new canopy cover forms, then they wither back to an inconspicuous existence for the remainder of the year. Trilliums are prominent examples of a spring ephemeral plant. Walking through Backus Woods in southwestern Ontario during the month of May, we saw many trilliums in bloom—mostly white trilliums but also some red trilliums.
This post is part of a series from May 2018, my second spring field season in southwestern Ontario with the Long Point Fowler’s Toad Project.
𝗥𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝘂𝗺 | 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗲 | 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝘂𝗺 𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗺
The 13th of May, 2018
Backus Woods, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada