First stop Warren Woods State Park, a 311 acre park near the town of Three Oaks, Michigan.
Tulip Tree leaves
Turtle on log
Turtle on log with snake in the water.
Jack in the Pulpit
After Warren Woods, we went east to Trillium Ravine Prairie Plant Preserve, four miles northwest of Niles Michigan.
"The sanctuary is named after the prairie trillium and toadshade. Both are threatened species in Michigan and are protected by state law. The range of these trillium species barely extend into southern Michigan, making them unusual in the state. Both species are considered "toad trilliums" because their leaves are mottled like toad skin. Their flowers with maroon petals and green sepals sit directly on the leaves without a flower stalk.The species are differentiated by their leaves. Toadshade’s leaf has no stalk, while prairie trillium’s leaf has a short stalk."
Celandine Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)
Beautiful flowers, beautiful day!