These flowers on the Sycamore Trail at the Heard Nature Sanctuary were lovely, but they were just the opening act for the trout lilies on the Hoot Owl Trail.
This delicate but strong plant poking up to bloom at the earliest hint of spring is absolutely Juliet.
The spotted leaves poking up through the layer of organic debris is as refreshing a sight as spotted trout in a cold mountain stream. Grab the sunlight. Shimmer and reflect.
The unfolding petals are the slashings on Romeo's sleeves.
© 2011 Nancy L. Ruder