Montana Outdoors

April 27, 2010


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.





FairyslipperFairyslipper, Calypso bulbosa, Orchid family

USDA Plants, Burke Museum, Wildflowers of the Northwest


  1. What an interesting flower! Gorgeous purple color… It’s so royal!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — April 27, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

    • I think you’re right about the color: it is a royal purple. And the to petals could also be seen as a crown.

      Of the wild orchids that grow in this area, I think this and the Ladyslipper compete for the prettiest.


      Comment by montucky — April 27, 2010 @ 10:37 pm

  2. Ohhh, what an unusual and lovely flower. A Greek sea goddess or the music?


    Comment by Candace — April 27, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    • The goddess daughter of Atlas. In The Odyssey, Ulysses found her hidden in the woods on the island of Ogygia. The name means ‘concealment’.


      Comment by montucky — April 28, 2010 @ 8:30 am

  3. These are great photographs.


    Comment by knightofswords — April 28, 2010 @ 12:35 pm

    • Thanks Malcolm! I took a bunch of shots but the conditions were lousy and I didn’t think I had much until I saw them at home and they turned out pretty well after all.


      Comment by montucky — April 28, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

  4. fun! I love how you’ve shot from every angle!


    Comment by silken — April 28, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

    • I took lots of shots once I found them. That might be my only chance this year.


      Comment by montucky — April 28, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

  5. No, never too many photos of wildflowers!


    Comment by sandy — April 28, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  6. How beautiful photos.

    This flower is general here and I thanslate to You its Finnish name: Shoe of Maiden.


    Comment by sartenada — May 2, 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    • It’s so interesting that you also have this flower! They are fairly common here, but I’m afraid that many are being disturbed by human activity making their numbers decrease. They will always be found in e wild country though.


      Comment by montucky — May 3, 2010 @ 9:10 am

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