While hiking at Starved Rock State park with my husband, I came across a wildflower that I’d never seen before. I took pictures and eventually tore myself away only to encounter several more clumps posing artistically in front of a moss-covered log. I felt like one of the explorers of old as I looked inside the flower, counted petals and stamens and noted the perfoliate leaf surrounding the stem. Later that week I happened to see it again in a neighbor’s yard and she kindly told me it was a large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora). She allowed me to take a stem so I could draw it and dissect the flower and the botanist in me took over! It was wonderful to be able to walk a familiar path and see something completely new as well as be able to document my find.