Wednesday, February 27, 2013

About the header image: February 27, 2013

This week's header image is one of several submitted by Ada Mae Compton, the three-legged blogging dog. It is a specimen of Trillium erectum, also known as Wake-Robin, and was photographed at Jacobs Run near the Tioga State Forest.

Wikipedia has this to say about Trillium:

Trillium (trillium, wakerobin, tri flower, birthroot) is a genus of about 40–50 species of spring ephemeral perennials, native to temperate regions of North America and Asia...Picking a trillium seriously injures the plant by preventing the leaf-like bracts from producing food for the next year. A plant takes many years to recover...Some species of trillium are listed as threatened or endangered; picking these species may be illegal.

So not only is Trillium a beautiful sign of Spring, it is also representative of the fragility of our environment, and reminds us of how much damage can be done through thoughtless or careless acts.

Do you have any photos that capture some aspect of Northeastern Pennsylvania? Send them to us at and we'll use them as the NEPA Blogs header of the week!

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