Serenity Sunday: Slipping back

As many of us, in various parts of the Northern Hemisphere, long for ever more promises of warm weather to come, we turn to sheltered environments with flowers that either don’t grow in our areas or will not appear for some time to come, and also to memories of past days, when the ones we’re dreaming of were in their prime. My blogging buddy Mike Powell just posted an image (here) that he made recently, in the US Botanical Garden in Washington, DC, of a lady’s slipper orchid, and I was immediately drawn back to this image that I made back on the first day of spring June 21, 2007, when I found a particularly nice group of our showy lady’s slippers near our cabin in northern Minnesota.
Showy lady's slippers 1069This is the state flower of Minnesota, and is also known as the moccasin flower, pink and white lady’s slipper, and queen’s lady slipper; its taxonomic name is Cypripedium reginae. Although they are far from abundant in that area, partially due to the tendency of folks who find them to pick them or dig them up (which is illegal!), we do come across them every few years, always to our great delight. The juvenile grasshopper was unfortunately rather camera shy, and I was lucky to be able to catch this much of it before it retreated into the deeper shelter of the leaves and disappeared from view.

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6 Responses to Serenity Sunday: Slipping back

  1. Great photo. I would rather take a photo of a protected flower – that photo is permanent (hopefully) than a flower that will die when picked illegally. Love how the spider just peeks through.

  2. This is a variety I have yet to see in the wild or elsewhere. Lovely photo, Gary. I’ve heard it called Showy Lady’s Slipper.

    • krikitarts says:

      Yes, that’s its most common name when we talk about our state flower (as I mentioned in the last sentence just above the photo). They are wonderfully delicate and make a real pink splash when you see one by a roadside–probably the main reason that some passers-by are so attracted to them that they can’t leave them where they belong.

      • I am hoping to see some in Vermont later this year. Don’t know how I missed you mentioning the name…missing the obvious is one of my talents. :-)

      • krikitarts says:

        In your defense, it wasn’t really all that obvious, and I could/should have incorporated it better in my text. I’ve found that missing something the first time around happens to me with occasionally-alarming frequency, but it gives me a prod to take a much closer look at things, and it does pay off, when I can remember and take the time. I’ve written a song about aging, and I see that I need to add a new verse about memory problems, or whatever it was that I was just writing about…um, could you remind me…

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