Common names

trout lily
(Erythronium albidum) 

small white fawnlily

(Erythronium albidum)

Posted photos of Oak Point trout lilies on iNaturalist, and learned my favorite spring flower is also known as a fawn lily. At first I was a bit miffed, but gradually accepted that baby spotted deer suit the leaves as well as trout. And how were my small spotted-leaf friends doing after our crazy week of snow and ice? They seemed unperturbed, if not wide open.

With the gray sky and dripping trees, the trail had surprising sharp spring greens along with the dark chocolate and white nougat. Definitely time to quit taking chocolates to the office!

Joining me on the soggy trail were several good-sized earthworms. Their common names were Rhoda, Ted, and Phyllis.

© 2014-2015 Nancy L. Ruder


Liesl said...

Hello Nancy, my name is Liesl and I frequently visit the trails at Oak Point Park. I always enjoy seeing the trout lilies this time of the year, the colony I'm familiar with is on the banks of the creek along the Rowlett Creek Trail. I don't believe I've ever walked the Willow Springs Trail, where is that exactly? My last visit was on Thursday (3/5/15) and I noticed some of the lilies had been trampled on. Perhaps because of the snow cover, visitors to the trail did not know the lilies were there. I hope to return in a couple of days, I've yet to see the blooms open this year, they seem later than last year.

Collagemama said...

The colony of trout lilies on the willow Springs Trail is larger than the one on the banks of Rowlett Creek. If you follow Rowlett Creek Trail on the skinny part near the Oak Point amphitheatre you will come to a split for Willow Springs (left) or Rowlett Creek Trail (right). As you walk uphill you will find a larger colony of trout lilies.

Thank you for your interest and comment!

Liesl said...

Thank you so much, I found it and it was breathtaking, what a beautiful sight! I'd never been on that trail before, quite a nice hike.