One of the pleasures of travel to a new place is that you get to see with “fresh eyes”.
That’s what happened on the recent trip to Maine.
The was the shy grace of the violet, which could be seen almost everywhere there was sufficient sun.
So what if there are dandelion flowers by the billions and trillions?
They’re still lovely. They’re beautiful in the mass, and beautiful close-up.
When you’re “Away”, you also see plants and flowers that you don’t usually see at home.
Here on the Vineyard, we don’t have trilliums, except maybe in people’s gardens.
In Maine, trillium “season” was nearing finish. But…….
There were still some late bloomers to be seen, like this slightly ragged one, in bloom at the base of a big, two-trunked white cedar tree.
I learned that trillium has some other names. Including “Stinking Benjamin”.
Here and there were wood anemones.
Here and there in spots.
Here and there in drifts.
At a lakeside stop, just back from the shore, was a flowering shrub.
The blossom form of this shrub is reminiscent of some of the hydrangeas.
But it’s a viburnum.
One of its names is “hobblebush”, for it can grow to form foot-catching thickets.
We’ll briefly leave the world of plants to visit a big rock on a path to a mountaintop.
This rock was part of a family of boulders.
I’m kind of glad we weren’t there at the exact moment they arrived.
It would have been an earthshaking moment.
What’s being admired here is rock tripe.
You guessed right—it’s a lichen.
Here’s my so-far-it’s-a-mystery flower.
Maybe my botanist friend Ellie will know.
Sarsaparilla, Aralia nudicaulis, with three-branched leaves and three-branched flower buds.
As with many plants, there are lots of “common” names.
Those names include shotbush, small spikenard, wild liquorice , and rabbit root.
We return streamside to find another enchanting violet, this one white.
I’ve saved the best for last.
Is there anything like turning a corner on a path somewhere, and seeing a flower you’ve never seen before?
Here’s that flower….
The “Painted Trillium”.