Montana Outdoors

July 5, 2016

A pretty wild orchid… a very short hike

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:34 pm

Most often the photos in my posts are taken in the course of a hike, typically eight to ten miles or so, but this one was taken on a hike of less than fifty yards; in my own back yard.

Many years ago when we first moved to this place we decided that we would leave nearly all of the property in its original natural state, and so it has been, with a few minor exceptions. Down below the house there is an area one could call a “thicket”, mostly full of hawthorn trees and other shrubs and with all of the sharp spines, a rather inhospitable place. Over the years I have created and maintained a couple small paths (about 18 inches wide and six feet tall) through it as a courtesy to the deer, giving them a hidden route to follow and a friendly place to hang out, where they can be out of sight and out of danger. I periodically clip out the dead branches that infringe on the trail and in doing so the other day I discovered some plants that I had never seen there before; White Bog-orchids. I suspect that it was Nature’s way of rewarding me for my kindness to Her deer.

White Bog-orchid

White Bog-orchid ~ Platanthera dilatata


  1. I agree with you on that…a good deed rewarded!

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    Comment by heartandsoul974 — July 6, 2016 @ 5:11 am

    • I believe that being conscious of, appreciating and respecting nature brings many kinds of rewards.

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      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2016 @ 8:06 am

  2. It’s beautiful, Terry. I don’t know what I was expecting it to look like, but this isn’t it. It’s so delicate, and that sinuous stalk just adds to the appeal. It’s a good reminder to keep our eyes open all the time — even in the midst of chores.


    Comment by shoreacres — July 6, 2016 @ 5:53 am

    • I know what you mean. The wild orchids are so different from the domestic ones. Like most wildflowers they are tiny and delicate which I think is part of their survival strategy. That in itself makes them special to me.


      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2016 @ 8:08 am

  3. What a special and beautiful discovery!

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    Comment by Sara Moore — July 6, 2016 @ 7:24 am

    • We have about 17 species of wild orchid that are native to this general area. Most are rather shy and reclusive and therefore not easily found. It’s always a pleasure to encounter them. These, in my own yard, were a very pleasant surprise!


      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2016 @ 8:10 am

  4. Yes. you richly deserve HIS grace.Congrats.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — July 6, 2016 @ 8:16 am

  5. Definitely your reward for the good deeds!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 6, 2016 @ 10:17 am

  6. I love how we can find new things each year, even in our own yards. This is a lovely orchid.
    I found a new flower this year, so very tiny and white. Took me a while to figure out what it was. Actually someone on a plant ID page on FB did it: bluntleaf sandwort.

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    Comment by Tammie — July 6, 2016 @ 11:36 am

    • I’ve seen those too but had not been able to identify them. Thanks!


      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2016 @ 9:52 pm

  7. It’s a beautiful orchid and how lucky you are to find it on your own property!
    I found a new orchid recently too, and it was a beauty.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — July 6, 2016 @ 3:14 pm

  8. Hi Montucky, What a beautiful image! Well photographed. Beautiful flower, too. Have a great day tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 6, 2016 @ 6:25 pm

  9. Beautiful! So nice that the deer have a private, hidden spot to seek refuge.

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    Comment by Candace — July 7, 2016 @ 11:08 am

  10. …. and a charming reward it is too. Rather unusual in its many tiny flowers (for an orchid).

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    Comment by Vicki — July 9, 2016 @ 2:03 am

    • Nearly all os our wild orchids here are tiny like that. The Lady Slipper is the largest but the rest are all tine on tall stalks.


      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2016 @ 10:12 pm

  11. That’s a great reward. It looks like a floral spinal column.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — July 16, 2016 @ 7:39 am

    • Most of our wild orchids look like that here. Must be a successful strategy!


      Comment by montucky — July 16, 2016 @ 7:55 pm

  12. Love Your discovery.

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    Comment by Sartenada — July 19, 2016 @ 3:13 am

  13. I love this! What a fun find. 😀 Love you too, Dad.

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    Comment by Juls — July 19, 2016 @ 6:02 pm

    • There’s a bunch of them down by the well this year. Love you Hon!


      Comment by montucky — July 19, 2016 @ 7:46 pm

  14. How did I miss this beautiful post. Love your last sentence. And the photo, like the wild orchid, is exquisite.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — July 19, 2016 @ 8:30 pm

    • I think this is one of the prettiest of our wild orchids.


      Comment by montucky — July 19, 2016 @ 9:43 pm

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