Montana Outdoors

April 27, 2010

Fairyslipper

Very seldom do I set out to look for something to photograph, preferring instead to go out into the wild country just to be there and see what’s to be found, but with the extremely dry spring I was afraid I might miss the blooming of the Calypso orchids and so today I sought them out in a place, not where they are on display, but where they hide. These were in dense brush and tall grass under the fir trees, places where the meager moisture we have had has been preserved; in an area where I’ve seen them before. And of course, I took far too many photos of these little pleasures.

Fairyslipper

Fairyslipper

Fairyslipper

Fairyslipper

FairyslipperFairyslipper, Calypso bulbosa, Orchid family

USDA Plants, Burke Museum, Wildflowers of the Northwest

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