Montana Outdoors

May 15, 2013

Fairy Slippers ~ The little orchids called Calypso

Filed under: Montana, Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:35 pm

A few days ago I mentioned that I had feared that I might have missed seeing Springbeauties this year. I also had that feeling about Fairy Slippers, having seen only two so far. Today as I returned from a hike up beyond Sheep Gap on the old road just north of Sunset Peak, just about a mile above the new trail head for the Sacajawea Peak Trail I found dozens of these beautiful little wildflowers in full bloom alongside Forest Service Road 7581; a cause for celebration. (Calypso, the goddess daughter of Atlas, was a beautiful sea nymph who was hidden in the woods.)

Fairy Slipper

Fairy Slipper

Fairy Slipper

Fairy Slipper

Fairy Slipper

Fairy Slipper

Fairy Slipper

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