Montana Outdoors

June 1, 2009

So many favorites!

Calypso Orchid – Fairyslipper

Fairy slipper

Fairy slipper

Fairy slipper

Fairy slipper

Calypso bulbosa
Orchid family


  1. Stunning beauty!


    Comment by Patia — June 1, 2009 @ 7:26 am

  2. I love the last one!


    Comment by Cherry Blossom — June 1, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

    • I was happy with that too. It’s a little unusual to see them grouped like that. Easier to find though.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

  3. You fond a fair amount of dew or rain drops on this one. Nice.



    Comment by knightofswords — June 1, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

    • These were taken from under an umbrella near the end of a hail and rain storm; my favorite weather, too.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

  4. Wow…no kidding…
    What fun you must be having!

    PS: LOL on the snake being available for clicks too. I think I’ll leave that to you!! LOL


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The click — June 1, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

    • One of the nice things about this part of the country, Stacey, is that all of the flower varieties that are about through blooming down here in the valley are just about to start in the high country. Kind of extends the season.

      We had a small snake visiting the other day too. Very pretty little thing with yellow and red on its back. Wouldn’t pose for me though. It looked very interested in our rock wall and I hope it makes a home there and eats a whole bunch of unwanted insects and a few field mice that we don’t need very badly either.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

  5. LOL I couldn’t help but really smile seeing these because the flowers look like they are laughing except for the 2nd one with the pursed lips. Wow! I haven’t seen wildflowers like these ever. These are so colorful with design. Beautiful orchids. Love them. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — June 1, 2009 @ 3:41 pm

    • These are fairly small (the stem is about 3 inches tall and the blossom about 1/4 inch wide and around an inch tall) and therefore are commonly overlooked. I was so happy when I saw my first one, and the camera of course, lets us see them much better.

      They are fairly common here, but not in large quantities and they are threatened or endangered in 5 states. They live mostly in the west and across the north.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

  6. that is spectacular. you truly live in wildflower paradise don’t you?


    Comment by kcjewel — June 1, 2009 @ 9:16 pm

    • It is that, but only for those who get out regularly into the areas that are still in a natural state. I would guess that no more than perhaps one percent of the population here actually gets out and enjoys all of the wildflowers, which I think is rather sad.


      Comment by montucky — June 1, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

  7. These are truly lovely orchids.


    Comment by Tabbie — June 2, 2009 @ 9:37 pm

    • I think they are too, Tabbie. Very delicate and colorful and I wonder at their design.


      Comment by montucky — June 3, 2009 @ 7:26 pm

  8. fun! love the last shot!


    Comment by silken — June 3, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

  9. I’m pretty sure I saw the trio in that last picture on The Tonight Show during Leno’s last week. They weren’t bad, either.


    Comment by Pinhole — June 4, 2009 @ 4:26 pm

  10. OMG! That last one! Stunning. Beauty in triplicate.


    Comment by Maureen — June 4, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

    • Thanks Maureen! That group just stood there as though they wanted a publicity shot.


      Comment by montucky — June 4, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

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