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

May 11, 2012

Mountain Lady’s slipper

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:14 pm

Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady's slipper

Mountain Lady’s slipper, Cypripedium montanum

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