Montana Outdoors

July 4, 2008

Calypso Orchid

While reviewing some photo files today I discovered that I had forgotten to do anything with some photos of one of my favorite flowers that I had taken back in May on a hike into the Cherry Peak roadless area in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains here in western Montana. In the hope that someone may enjoy seeing them, I uploaded them to Flickr and am posting them here now.

Calypso Orchid, Fairy Slipper, Calypso bulbosa

Calypso Orchid

Calypso Orchid

Calypso<br /> Orchid

Calypso Orchid

Calypso Orchid

Calypso Orchid

According to USDA Plants, Calypso bulbosa is “Endangered” in New Hampshire and New York and “Threatened” in Michigan, Vermont and Wisconsin.

More information from MountainNature.com

June 10, 2008

The flowers at Spring Creek

***Note: I’ll likely be off the air for a time while I convert my stuff over to a new iMac, which also involves trying to forget over 20 years of the Microsoft way of operating. Please don’t think I’m ignoring anyone…. pray for me!***

I have posted photos of a few of the flowers that are found in the Spring Creek area here in western Montana, most notably the Tolmie star-tulips. Following are some I haven’t posted eariler including a few new photos of previous ones.

The blossoms in the next two photos are tiny, at a little less than an eighth of an inch across, and very fragile. I noticed them for the first time last year and nearly overlooked them along the trail this year.

Smallflower mitrewort, Piper flowers, Mitella stauropetala

Smallflower mitrewort

Mitella stauropetala

It’

s easy to get carried away photographing the Blue Clematis and I did. Please bear with me.

Blue Clematis, Western blue virginsbower, Clematis occidentalis

Blue clematis

Blue clematis

Blue Clematis

Blue Clematis

(Thanks to some expert help from Tabbie and Adam, I’ve identified this one as Thalictrum occidentale or Thalictrum occidentalis, Western meadow-rue)

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Red clover

Red clover

Lupines

Lupines

Lupines

Indian paintbrush

Indian paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Calypso orchid

Calypso orchid

Red trillium

Red trillium

Wild currants

Wild currant blossoms

Blue violet

Blue violet

(By the time I get my system converted I’

m sure there will be more new ones ready for the lens!)

May 21, 2008

Calypso

It has only been a few years since I first saw one of these, but now spring just wouldn’t be the same for me without them.

The Calypso orchid or Fairyslipper (Calypso bulbosa).

Calypso orchid or Fairyslipper (Calypso bulbosa)

Calypso orchid or Fairyslipper (Calypso bulbosa)

To be able to grow at all, Calypso orchids need a particular mycorrhizal fungus in the soil to provide sugars and minerals necessary for them to sprout and therefore they can only be found where this fungus is available. To me this is an excellent illustration of the interdependence between life forms and an example of the necessity of maintaining sufficient habitat for natural biodiversity.

MountainNature

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