The trillium is a delicate, small, wildflower that blooms in the spring. They can be found in white, pink, red, and the very rare painted variety. Since 1980 the only sightings of the painted trillium in Michigan have all been within a 30 mile area of St. Clair County.
Knowing that they were in bloom, my husband, Ron, and I went out on a search for painted trillium a couple weeks ago. They are located in a wooded nature area. Although I have not used bug spray in years, when you open the car door and the mosquitoes are coming inside you know precaution is needed.
When you haven’t used bug spray in a while, there are a few pointers to remember.
1. When misting your face make sure you keep your mouth shut — that stuff does not taste good!
2. Spaying the majority of your body does not prevent mosquitoes from finding the spot you missed.
3. You will find out you forgot to spray an area at a most inopportune moment, such as when bent over taking a photograph and one decides to bite you on the backside through your jeans.
4. Evidence of a poor spray job may not become evident for hours, such as when you look in the mirror and realize the small section on the back of your arm from you elbow to wrist is covered in mosquito bites — 27 of them to be exact.
Not that I’m admitting to any of the above, but knowledge does come from experience. Of course a pain-endured labor does have its just rewards. We found all three kinds of trillions, a slug, a toad, and a few other items to photograph. A pleasant morning photographing nature.