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Powers Bluff State Natural Area, Spring Trillium by Peter Sanderson

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Peter Sanderson Peter Sanderson
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0.20 Gigapixels
Date added
May 21, 2010
Date taken
May 21, 2010

Blooming of trillium, Powers Bluff State Natural Aera, Wisconsin, USA

Just west of Arpin, Wisconsin is Powers Bluff Maple Woods State Natural Area. Early in the spring, prior to the maple trees leafing out, an amazing display of spring flowers can be found on the forest floor. A sweeping carpet of trillium is especially impressive. Trillium gets its name in part due to it’s leaves, petals and sepals occurring in threes. To many, trillium blooming in the spring is also a reminder of Easter and the Trinity.

Also called White-flowered Trillium, the Large flowered Trillium is one of four species of trillium in Wisconsin. Blooming in early spring, it’s flowers turn pink with age. Seeds are dispersed by ants.

Powers Bluff has both an environmental and historical importance. Previously known as Skunk Hill, it is a 250 foot high quartzite hill serving as a visible landmark in Wood County. North American residents were present well before the 1800’s and became numerous in the early 1900’s. Members of the Prairie Band Potawatomi made their way to the area as Skunk Hill had been firmly established in their belief systems. The Dream Dance played a central role in tribal ceremonies. Stone remnants of previous habitation can be found through out the area.

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