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Trillium

At the beginning of April, I noticed some trillium flowers peeking out from behind a cedar tree on my neighbourhood forest path. I was struck by the unique 3-leaved, 3-sepaled, 3-petaled shape of this flower, and felt happy to have noticed the white blooms amongst the other green things that were sprouting from the earth.

 A few trilliums blooming on the forest floor

A few trilliums blooming on the forest floor

This flower is unique in that it starts off as white and quickly turns pink:

 A trillium in the process of changing colour

A trillium in the process of changing colour

As I was walking by the trillium patch today, I suddenly realized that I couldn't see them anymore. Upon more careful inspection, I realized that the flowers had shrivelled away, and the outer leaves now fringed skeletons of the petals that they once displayed so proudly. I wanted to commemorate the seasonal passing of trillium in a blog post, and let the memory of these flowers be a gentle reminder to watch the forest mindfully lest we miss something fleeting and beautiful.