Montana Outdoors

May 6, 2012

Calypso

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:49 pm

After a nearly unsuccessful attempt to photograph Calypso Orchids in a place where I’m sure to find them every year (mostly what I got was wet; very wet) I ran across some in bloom about three miles up the Munson Creek trail and was able to get a few representative shots of them. They are usually difficult photography subjects because they are small, they grow close to the ground under the brushy cover of other plants and they are very fragile and cannot be handled or touched without damaging or killing them. These are of the same species as the white one of which I posted photos a few days ago but they are the pink color that is most usual for them.

Fairyslipper, Calypso Orchid

Fairyslipper, Calypso Orchid

Fairyslipper, Calypso Orchid

Fairyslipper, Calypso Orchid

Fairyslipper, Calypso Orchid, Calypso bulbosa

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  1. So beautiful and I enjoyed learning about the Fairyslipper–perfect name! Thank you, Ellen

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    Comment by Ellen Grace Olinger — May 7, 2012 @ 1:47 am

  2. Gorgeous, and very aptly named! Thank you for your efforts, they were well worthwhile!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — May 7, 2012 @ 2:52 am

    • I will gladly go to a lot of trouble to photograph Calypsos! I just love the little things!

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

  3. Ya gotta enjoy the spotted tongues on tiny plants. Your pics captured them.

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    Comment by Grampy — May 7, 2012 @ 3:01 am

    • I enjoy those too. I really like the red spots on the Ladyslippers.

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

  4. I’m so glad you’re willing to do what must be done (get wet, very wet) in order to photograph these little beauties. We are enriched by them. What a great way to start this day, any day.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — May 7, 2012 @ 5:14 am

    • Flowers, especially wildflowers, will always make my day. There’s something special too about photographing them in the rain. Perhaps it’s because I am so aware of the importance of rain and I cherish the wildflowers so much they seem to go together.

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

  5. They look so delicate. Yes, I think fairy slipper is the perfect name too. Makes me look for Tinkerbell πŸ˜‰

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    Comment by Debby — May 7, 2012 @ 5:57 am

    • The tiny and delicate little flowers like this one and the names for them just create fanciful images don’t they! There’s another just starting to bloom, called “Fairybells”.

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

  6. Such an absolutely stunning flower! Exceptional color and detail here!

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    Comment by Marcie — May 7, 2012 @ 6:14 am

    • It is certainly an exceptionally ornate little being. It seems designed especially for beauty, and yet it contains no nectar.

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

  7. So delicate and pretty, thank you for going the extra mile to capture them. (Shadow will be glad to bring you a towel πŸ™‚ )

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    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — May 7, 2012 @ 6:46 am

    • I could have used a towel! Shadow looks like a really good dog. There are so many out there, aren’t there. I had a scare two days ago when on a hike my dog ( a Pointer) was attacked by a coyote. I was able to get there quickly stop that and she received only a good bite on her rump but for a little while I was very concerned.

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

      • Wow. Times like that it’s hard to move fast enough. Poor dog. Was it a surprise attack or did the coyote initiate it? Now to wonder if your pointer will a) stay away in the future or b) carry on a stinking feud for the rest of all his days. πŸ™‚

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        Comment by Homestead Ramblings — May 8, 2012 @ 9:50 am

        • My best guess is that perhaps she encountered a den with pups and the mother got after her. My dog is not in the least a fighter, but she doesn’t seem to be intimidated after that episode and wants to range far and wide as before.

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          Comment by montucky — May 8, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

  8. Wow, these are gorgeous! I’ve only seen them once in the wild and they were just as spectacular as these photos. Thanks for finding them and sharing.

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    Comment by anniespickns — May 7, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    • They are easy to miss because the timing has to be just right. I do look for them in a couple of special places this time of year and count it as a bonus when I find them in other locations.

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

  9. I really didn’t think these could be named after a Caribbean dance. Indeed – it’s the mythical Calypso referenced here. In Greek, the name means “to cover”, “to conceal”, or “to hide – a perfect description of these little gems.!

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    Comment by shoreacres — May 7, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    • Yes, it is very well named. They usually do a good job of hiding, but I remember a couple of times seeing them right at the edge of the brush in plain (open) sight. Hiding is likely a very necessary strategy for them because of the delicate way they are constructed (a very fragile root system).

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

  10. They are beautiful things that most likely go almost totally unnoticed. I’m glad you’re showing them to us!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — May 7, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    • I’m sure they are very often overlooked. THey are so pretty though that once you see one you are always aware and on the lookout for them this time of year.

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

  11. Well, they are well worth the effort! What exquisite, delicate beauty these tiny orchids are. Excellent close-up photography of the details.

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    Comment by Anna Surface — May 7, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    • They sure are worth the effort. I still remember the first ones I ever saw: they made quite an impression.

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

  12. 2nd one, my favorite. But they’re all lovely.

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    Comment by Kim — May 7, 2012 @ 10:13 am

  13. Hi Montucky, I think Orchids of nearly all sizes shapes colors and species are wonderful! Excellent photography. I am sure you had a great time seeing and photographing them. Have a wonderful day!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 7, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    • They sure are! I love to wee them and the places in which they live. Have a great Tuesday!

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

  14. I do believe the result of your determination has payed off handsomely! These are stunning!!!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — May 7, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

    • I think they are too. Probably the most elaborate of our wildflowers.

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 10:36 pm

  15. Gorgeous. πŸ™‚

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    Comment by seekraz — May 7, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

  16. looks like spring is in full bloom! I like these each time you post them; I really like the white version you posted a few days ago

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    Comment by skouba — May 7, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    • Spring was a little late and it’s still cool, but the plants are well on their way toward summer now. That white one just blew me away. I was so pleased to see it!

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 10:37 pm

  17. These seem so tropical! What a lot of bright color!

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    Comment by sandy — May 7, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

    • I had always thought of the tropics too when I thought of orchids. Turns out we have about a dozen native to Montana.

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 10:38 pm

  18. What gorgeous and delicate looking orchids. Their color is stunning!

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    Comment by alskamom — May 7, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

    • Yes, the color is unique. The bitterroots have shades somewhat similar, but thats all I can think of in this region.

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

  19. Fairyslippers are mega-showy, but I’m always surprised when I find one.

    Malcolm

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    Comment by knightofswords — May 7, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    • The first ones that I found were a real surprise. Now I expect them at this time, at least the ones that I’ve discovered so far. I know there are some that I’ve missed.

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

  20. So lovely!

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    Comment by kateri — May 7, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

    • This one would be very popular it it could be cultivated, wouldn’t it!

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      Comment by montucky — May 7, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

  21. Love the color! Gorgeous!

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    Comment by zannyro — May 8, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    • I like the color too. It’s just a beautiful little flower!

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      Comment by montucky — May 8, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

  22. Breathtaking! Such fine detail!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — May 8, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

    • This little flower, more than any other, is what got me really interested in macro photography because it lets us see them more clearly than otherwise possible.

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      Comment by montucky — May 8, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

  23. That’s some fine camera work, Montucky!

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — May 9, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    • Thanks! These are all “mustache-in-the-dirt” shots, but worth it I think.

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      Comment by montucky — May 9, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

  24. I love these! I guess you could dance the calypso in fairyslippers.

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    Comment by Candace — May 9, 2012 @ 10:55 pm

    • I saw more Calypsos today in some of the most unlikely places! The fairies must have been careless and left them there.

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      Comment by montucky — May 10, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

  25. Well done. I studied them for a long time to get every detail. So sharp and admirable photos.

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    Comment by Sartenada — May 10, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

    • They have a lot of little details about them, don’t they! They are in the middle of their blooming period right now. I see them every time I go out.

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      Comment by montucky — May 11, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

  26. So many great photos of wild orchids. I am impressed. And lovely that people have this interest. They are threatened species in many countries..

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    Comment by bentehaarstad — May 12, 2012 @ 5:22 am

    • We are fortunate in this area to have a lot of forest that is still in it’s wild state, and the flowers are doing well in these places. Closer to the activity of people they are mostly gone.

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      Comment by montucky — May 12, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

  27. these are my favorite little flowers~
    beautiful images!

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    Comment by Tammie — May 13, 2012 @ 10:10 am


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