Nestled in the Thompsons Wildlife Refuge in Virginia there is a "Trillium Trail" where, for about two weeks in mid to late April, one can experience the biggest collection of wild trillium in the United States.
April ushers in spring, reawakening the world with sunshine and blossoms bursting forth from gardens, forests, meadows and glens. As bluebells fill the boggy lower lands, trillium burst forth from the higher, rockier valleys and vistas.
To some, trillium symbolizes the Christian Trinity, a doctrine stating that the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one being. Legend says that picking white trillium off a mountain (illegal in some jurisdictions) is said to bring rain, and the flower often symbolizes purity, beauty or recovery. Interestingly, when grown from a seed, the trillium takes 7-9 years to blossom.
On a personal note, my favorite number is three and I am quite drawn to these three-petaled wildflowers. This particular specimen seemed to reach out to me with a special energy so I painted it, hopefully communicating that energy to viewers of this lovely specimen.