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April 23, 2012


Carter Caves State Resort Park
Carter County, Kentucky

After letting Saturday go to waste because of the poor weather, I decided to again hit the trails at Carter Caves on Sunday even if it was cold, windy, and rainy. As it turned out, it was a perfect day for hiking and photography- sort of like being under a gigantic diffused light box. This was the park's annual wildflower weekend but we missed the crowd and only encountered one other couple out on the trails.

At the camera club meeting on Thursday night, I made the off-the-cuff comment to a member about his trillium photograph by saying they are so common. So I should have known at the time that I would be cursed to take a similar one, though inferior. Carter Caves is the mother ship for trillium, I believe.

So that our time here is not totally wasted, from Wikipedia I found these interesting tidbits: Biologists can measure the height of trillium and get an idea of the deer population per square mile. This is the favorite food of the Whitetail Deer and the trillium will appear short when overgrazed. Trillium seed is also scattered by ants, which Wikipedia says is an effective way to include new genetic material in the trillium stands but not a good way to spread to new areas. Biologists are unsure how the plant survived the ice age.

So, there you go.