Trout Lily

Today’s post features the Trout Lily, aka Dog-tooth Violet (Erythronium albidum), one of my favorite spring, woodland wildflower. It has such a graceful flower on a stem that grows to ~7″ tall. And surrounded by leaves that are 6″ long and mottled dull green and brown, with a silvery coating. Here are a few of my favorite images:

Trout Lily (Dog-tooth Violet)

Trout Lily (Dog-tooth Violet)

And in this next image, I was able to capture one of the plant’s leaves, slightly out of focus (due to the very shallow depth of field I was shooting at), showing it’s colors:

Trout Lily (Dog-tooth Violet)

The Dog-tooth Violet grows from a corm and it usually takes at least 4 years to raise a flowering plant from seed. At one of the locations I’m currently photographing woodland wildflowers, there seems to be hundreds, if not thousands, of leaves poking through the leaf litter. These should be blooming within a few days :o)

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Handheld (needed to lie on the ground, shooting upward a bit to capture the angle I was looking for (remember, this flower is only ~7″ tall))
  • ISO 800 (a bit windy, plus handholding required this high ISO)
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/5000 sec. to 1/8000 sec.




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