Sunday, April 15th was our second visit to Thompson to see the trilliums. We saw very few birds and not one warbler. The towhees and robins were singing and a woodpecker was drumming. Thats it.
Yes, the the trilliums are blooming; I would estimate that 1/3 are in bloom.
This path looks very boring unless you are right there:
But there are great wildflowers on either side of the walk.
The rue anomene:
The may apples:
The may apples seem to be dominating the trillium; is that possible?
There were even a few yellow lady’s slippers in bloom. You needed to be a mountain goat to climb the steep ridge to see them; I just used the zoom on my camera. So, the photo is not very sharp but its nice to know these lovely flowers still exist in the wild:
And squawroot was emerging:
Enjoy visiting the Thompson Wildlife Area near Front Royal, VA. Please remember: hunting is allowed Monday through Saturday, depending upon the season. It is best to visit on Sunday: no hunting permitted.
By the way, today there were at least one million bugs flying into our eyes and ears during our hike, nasty! Wear bug spray!