Snow trillium is the earliest and smallest of the genus in North America. It can be found in mid-March but is more likely early April. Plants are seldom taller than 9cm.
The species is Endangered in several eastern states and rare in others.
The photo was taken in situ.
To avoid damage to the wildflowers’ immediate area, I always select small subjects, such as this, next to well-worn trails or areas naturally devoid of vegetation. That way, I can lie prone to compose and focus.
The background is a small lightbox housing a Nikon Speedlight. Two small speedlights provide frontal light. All speedlights are in manual mode, with their output adjusted by a wireless controller on the camera hot shoe.