May 14 2013

Fairy Slipper

Published by at 9:54 PM under Flowers,Plants

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Last Saturday, May 11, 2013 I took a trip to Sagehen reservoir on a birding trip with the Southwestern Idaho Birders Association. Sixty-six species of birds were seen. There were a number of “should have been seen” birds missing from the list. Bird migration is still underway.

Many wildflowers were in bloom.  There were fields of blue camas, hillsides covered with arrowleaf balsamroot, yellow muleear and many others. Some had already matured and withered away such as white trillium, grass widow, glacier lily. The most notable blossom of the trip was the fairy slipper. This beautiful orchid stays hidden in the forest and is seldom seen. Its bloom lasts but a few days. I consider myself lucky to find this beautiful flower.

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4 Responses to “Fairy Slipper”

  1. shelly parkeron 12 Jun 2013 at 6:19 PM

    no kidding very lucky its beautiful, finding this would have made my day

  2. Stephanyon 08 Jul 2013 at 12:10 PM

    lovely…….I’ve yet to see a wild orchid and this would have been a beauty to see. I’m glad that you got to see it.

  3. Paton 15 Jul 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Beautiful flower. Thanks for posting this picture. I just discovered your blog. Will continue to follow your posts.

  4. Claire Laurendeauon 22 Jan 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Al, this is extraordinary as I too found a local Pink Lady Slipper patch in the forest of New Discovery Campground in Marshfield Vermont this summer while camping and they too are elusive to the camera…this Fairy Slipper is new to my eyes…Thank You…

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