I think that the trillium is one of our more showy wildflowers here in Northeast Ohio. On a recent hike in Hinckley Reservation, there were parts of the trail where there were blooming trillium as far as I could see in the deep woods.
There were many different kinds; I am only able to differentiate them by color. White is the most common here.
When the white ones are near the end of their blooming time, they turn a pretty pink.
Trillium Turning Pink
There were just a tiny few of some creamy green ones, but my photos just look white, so you will just have to image those. Check out these vivid red ones though! Wow. This isn’t a Photoshop trick.
From the Wikipedia, “trillium was treated in the family Trilliaceae or Trillium family, a part of the Liliales or Lily order. The AGP II treats Trilliaceae as a synonym of the family Melanthiaceae.” I’m not sure what that means. Is it a lily or not?
Some interesting fact I saw while researching these plants – ants spread the seeds of trillium. Also – the large white trillium is the official wildflower of Ohio.
I have had this technique for a new glass lampwork bead bouncing around in my head for quite a while. About a month ago, I was working on my production beads and the bead went bad. I don’t like to just dump a bead in the water bath**, so I decided to give my idea a try. It wasn’t too bad, so I made a couple more.
Here is how they are turning out. I did put a silver core into this one after I took the photo, but I sent it off for a bead exchange right away – so you get to see the “naked” bead.
Glass Lampwork Flower Bead
I need a name with a little more punch! Any suggestions?
** when a molten glass bead is put into the water bath, some spectacular things happen. The bead cracks, violently usually. Cool cracking sounds happen right away and keep going for minutes thereafter. I usually feel bad for the bead though, and sometimes my greatest accidental techniques are discovered if I save a “lost” bead.
Rosemarie Hanus makes Flower Beads and many others in her home studio. See these beads at Etsy, Art Fire, or her Spawn of Flame website.
I was startled to snap this picture on a walk recently at Hinckley Reservation. It is the middle of summer, but there are autumn colors. Just soak in the range of colors!
Autumn Colors in the Summer
This is the same tree that I wrote about last year. It is much taller and more full of leaves than before; it completely obscures the view from my bedroom window. What is particularly perplexing about this is the fact that I have lived in this house for 11 years, and this tree had been about the same size for all of that time. Why did it change so much this year?
When I’m not watching trees grow, I create glass lamwork beads. Check them out at Etsy or my Spawn of Flame website.