Montana Outdoors

July 4, 2008

Calypso Orchid

While reviewing some photo files today I discovered that I had forgotten to do anything with some photos of one of my favorite flowers that I had taken back in May on a hike into the Cherry Peak roadless area in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains here in western Montana. In the hope that someone may enjoy seeing them, I uploaded them to Flickr and am posting them here now.

Calypso Orchid, Fairy Slipper, Calypso bulbosa

Calypso Orchid

Calypso Orchid

Calypso<br /> Orchid

Calypso Orchid

Calypso Orchid

Calypso Orchid

According to USDA Plants, Calypso bulbosa is “Endangered” in New Hampshire and New York and “Threatened” in Michigan, Vermont and Wisconsin.

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  1. Speechless…


    Comment by Tabbie — July 5, 2008 @ 1:09 am

  2. Montucky,
    Those are so elegant and fragile ! Breathtaking!


    Comment by Cedar — July 5, 2008 @ 5:47 am

  3. Tabbie,

    I know. How did they come to be like that?


    Comment by montucky — July 5, 2008 @ 10:05 am

  4. Cedar,

    These were easier to discover than most because they grew in groups and are excellent representatives of the species, but it took a long time before I even saw the first one.


    Comment by montucky — July 5, 2008 @ 10:07 am

  5. very nice.

    I got some photos posted on placestogo


    Comment by silken — July 5, 2008 @ 5:02 pm

  6. Orchids are absolutely lovely flowers. Super expensive and edible too.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — July 5, 2008 @ 7:00 pm

  7. silken,
    I just visited Places to Go. That’s a neat place and your photos showed it well!


    Comment by montucky — July 5, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

  8. Scienceguy,

    These little ones are indeed edible, but I surely hope everyone would consider that an absolute last resort! I know the old Indians had uses for them, but were wise enough to still preserve the species.


    Comment by montucky — July 5, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

  9. thanks!


    Comment by silken — July 5, 2008 @ 8:47 pm

  10. those are real beauties. I can never truly grasp nature’s endless variety. boggling.


    Comment by Bo — July 8, 2008 @ 7:25 am

  11. I know. The variety and the intricacy! I wonder why.


    Comment by montucky — July 8, 2008 @ 8:23 am

  12. Incredible Terry, they are so amazing, and your images really convey their beauty well !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 10, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

  13. I agree they’re amazing little flowers. I couldn’t believe it when I first saw them!


    Comment by montucky — July 10, 2008 @ 4:15 pm

  14. Your work is really beautiful. I could spend hours here this morning…. if only I didn’t have “life” to attend to. I look forward to returning.


    Comment by Diane - Daily Walks — August 8, 2008 @ 10:26 am

  15. Thank you, Diane, for the visit and the kind words! My photos aren’t really polished, but then, neither is the wild world from where they come.


    Comment by montucky — August 8, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

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