Monday, May 17, 2010

Captured On Film

This is called the Pink Lady's Slipper. Not sure why. After I downloaded the kodak moments I had earlier over to Mary's Woods across from my dooryard, I looked at this best ever effort of mine and decided they are not slippers, but complete women. Look at this image long enough and I swear I am looking at a female of some type. Arms are spread uncovering her small breasts which dangle under what would appear to be the latest and greatest of hat fashions. And those pink pants! Yeah this is no slipper.

These random moments of wild beauty are sprinkled liberally throughout the woods around here. On my walk, I counted 8 Lady's slippers. 10, if I count the 2 that had been eaten by some low rent local critter. Hope they got sick.

Apparently 4 types of Lady Slippers exist in Maine. This is the most common. I have never seen any of the other three.

Just wanted to share a picture I took this morning with Stub in the woods .....Later........Gotta get to work.


The Blog Fodder said...

Your pictures are gorgeous. I saved the big one of the Lady's Slipper as I had never seen one before. More wild flowers please. I better not show Tanya though unless there are also domesticated ones.

Nan said...

Very pretty. We've got that pink kind in Upper Michigan and also yellow. I've never seen any other varieties. I know some gardening catalogs sell them, but I've heard they're pretty picky about growing conditions. They come close to being bog plants.

robin andrea said...

Beautiful photograph. I do see the femaleness of the flower. Quite lovely.

MRMacrum said...

Blog Fodder - Thanks, but all I do is aim the camera. The plants do all the work.

I am sure there is a domesticated version of this orchid. But I do know the wild ones need specific conditions to exist. Moist, almost boggy areas under pines seems to be a favorite haunt.

Nan - I am told we have the Yellow Slipper also. There are two more, even more rare. And yeah, they do seem to be very picky about where they pop up. My dad tried many times to propogate wild orchids with very little success.

robin andrea - Thanks. Plants like this convince me there was a plan at some point.