Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Trilliums Galore

Trilliums are my favorite Spring wildflower. The Great Smoky Mountains has more varieties in one place than I have seen anywhere else. Check them out.

Feature Image Details

Does anyone recognize the Trillium in the feature image? It’s not a Painted Trillium nor does it appear to be a white variety trillium gone pink with age. It is a pink-tipped trillium with a white center. I am unsure of the second image as well.

Any botanists out there?

The small whiteish pink-lined flowers that are predominant in many of the images are Spring Beauties.

I used a Tilt-Shift lens on the feature image and the three images that follow. Even with the tilt function, I did not capture all of the landscapes as sharp as I like.

I would do things differently next time. Instead of using the shift feature I would focus stack the images (focus on different parts of the image and blend them). Unlike the Showy Orchis image in my last post, I do want all parts of most of these images totally sharp from the foreground to background.

Yellow Trilliums?

I am not positive of this identification.

Trillium Sulcatum – Southern Red Trillium

Trillium Sulcatum – Southern Red Trillium

Trillium Erectum 

That closeup detail was taken with my Canon 100-400 MM F 4.5-5.6 L Lens at 400mm from quite some distance away. I estimate at least 10 feet.

In this case, the out of focus background helps show off the flower. Note the difference from the previous image. This flower hands below the leaves.

Trillium Undulatum – Painted Trillium

Trillium Simile – Sweet White Trillium

I used a Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens for the above two images. I estimate I was three to five feet away from the flowers in these images. Both were taken with a near-normal focal length about 50mm.

Trillium Simile – Sweet White Trillium

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Coming up next: More wildflowers and waterfalls in the Great Smokies. Then it’s on to a new location.

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4 thoughts on “Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Trilliums Galore

    1. I am inches away from the flowers. One needs to be with a 17mm lens.
      The other images, I was much, much further back. In the 400mm “closeup” detail, I was easily 10 feet away. I just realized I have one more with the 17mm lens. Will add it.

  1. Your photography is outstanding! I ran across this blog entry by doing a Google search of best trails for trillium displays in the smokies. I can answer your question about your two toned(red & white) grouping of trilliums. It is a hybrid swarm of Trillium erectum. The parents are a white and a red each making up the new two tone offspring. The extra cool part is that the offspring are fertile and have made more exact copies of their original pattern! I do a year research project on trillium hybridization. I am working on it already for this season. I wish you’d email me to suggest some locations? If you feel comfortable doing so. If not, no worries. Trillium erectum is the most likely of all trillium species to hybridized. They are very promiscuous. We wildflower enthusiasts benefit from getting to enjoy all the variety. Please don’t hesitate to ask me for assistance or info. I am happy to share info with those I can trust. Clearly you revere nature and appreciate it.

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