Montana Outdoors

May 29, 2009

Mountain Ladyslipper

Filed under: Flowers, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — montucky @ 6:00 am

Mountain Ladyslipper

Cypripedium montanum
Orchid family

Cypripedium montanum, Orchid family

Photographed on May 26th at Munson Creek in the TeePee/Spring Creek roadless area in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains.


  1. What a brilliant yellow!


    Comment by Cedar — May 29, 2009 @ 8:00 am

  2. All these wildflowers sure do have distinctive faces and ‘personalities’. Part of the flower does look like a lady slipper. But the flower itself kind of looks like a wood gnome. Neat capture. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — May 29, 2009 @ 8:21 am

    • These are radically different than other wildflowers. I wish I knew why.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2009 @ 10:28 pm

  3. That’s a beauty! It’s always a treat to see wild orchids


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — May 29, 2009 @ 10:00 am

    • The orchids are indeed special. We have very few here, but they’re gorgeous.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2009 @ 10:29 pm

  4. I’ve always liked the name of these wildflowers. They’re beautiful, too.



    Comment by knightofswords — May 29, 2009 @ 11:19 am

    • I like the name too. Soon I’ll post photos of another orchid, the Fairyslipper, another name that I like.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

  5. Such amazing intricacy.


    Comment by Patia — May 29, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

    • Yes, and these are very precise in the way they stay with the pattern.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

  6. That’s a slipper alright. I can even see its tongue.


    Comment by Pinhole — May 29, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

    • The tongue must have a way of some kind of attracting pollinators.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

  7. The last time we came across this flower was along the Diamond Lake trail (not too far from your neck of the woods over toward MT/ID divide). Beautiful photo! How did you capture that in such low light?


    Comment by Maureen — May 29, 2009 @ 1:38 pm

    • I see these in several different areas. For this photo I used the flash. It gives me a faster shutter speed to help prevent blur while maintaining the depth of field I want. It’s also nice because it extends the daytime for photo taking.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

  8. Simply stunning!


    Comment by Tabbie — May 29, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

    • I thought you would like this one, Tabbie because of your love for orchids.


      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

  9. I was reading this book entitled: The Orchid Thief. Very interesting. I recommend it for any plant lover.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — May 29, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

  10. Beautiful color and detail here, Montucky. I really dig Lady Slipper’s – such beautiful flowers. Excellent job.


    Comment by edvatza — May 31, 2009 @ 3:07 am

    • They are. I see on the USDA website that they are endangered now in several states.


      Comment by montucky — May 31, 2009 @ 1:28 pm

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