A Trillium Delight


On a mid-March blustery day I did the four-mile loop hike in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park a few miles west of home in the heart of the city of Beaverton.

The 222-acre Park surrounds the confluence of Cedar Mill Creek and Beaverton Creek.

There were many trilliums in bloom – – – a showy, white, wild lily that grows on the forest floor. And, due to the varied habitat, I was able to spot other wildflowers in bloom, ducks, a gray squirrel and many small birds.

The nature park is mostly in a wetlands area. The never-ending rain had raised the floodplain considerably. There were many stretches of the trail where I was wading in several inches of muddy water.

Nonetheless, it was a nice outing on a weekend day.

Be Wren

Bewick’s Wren

A wet portion of the trail

A wet portion of the trail

Flowering Red Currant

Flowering Red Currant

A wet and bedraggled Trillium

A wet and bedraggled Trillium

California Gray Squirrel

Western Gray Squirrel “hiding” from me

Yellow Stream Violet

Yellow Stream Violet

Western Robin

Western Robin

Nice stretch of the trail

Nice stretch of the trail

Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape

Trillium

Trillium

Flooded observatory area

Flooded observation area

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2 comments

  1. Love the sight of trilliums in spring. I grew up hiking the trails of what is now Tryon Creek S.P. and I miss those kind of flowers in Omak, WA. You are also at least 6-8 weeks ahead of us. Don

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