The wildflower pageant continues. Poised to burst onto the stage is this Red Trillium, Trillium erectum. It is variously known as wake-robin, stinking benjamin, purple trillium and, a new name to me, beth root. I like the wake-robin name for the red variety here. What adds to the striking deep red in this flower is that all of the other wake-robin in this valley are the white variety. The white and red varieties do share a deep red center, which distinguishes it from the yellow center of the more common Large-flowered Trillium, Trillium grandiflorum. The leaf shape is broader in the wake-robin, and the petals are more a creamy white in the wake-robin white variety. The plant here will be fully open by tomorrow most likely.
Image was taken with a Nikon D90 and a telephoto lens, the Nikkor 70-300mm AF-S VR ED. Telephoto here got me close to a plant that was off the trail. It also increased the depth of field; a macro lens could get the same framing, but the leaves would not have all been in focus. The ISO is 1800, and frankly not grainy at all at screen-size resolution. I used f/11 to maximize sharpness; the speed was 1/200, which the vibration reduction handled very well while extended fully out to 300mm focal length handheld. Post-processing here in Aperture was a tap on the auto-enhance, plus a tweak of the vibrancy, definition, and sharpness sliders. The composition is in-camera (no cropping), and I am rather pleased with it, if I do say so myself. And I do, because it’s my blog.