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A Pink Lady Slipper’s Life

Pink Lady Slipper

Pink Lady Slipper

Pink Lady Slipper

Pink Lady Slipper

Pink Lady Slipper

Pink Lady Slipper

Pink Lady Slipper

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36 responses

  1. that is incredible–what is the time frame on the photos? Today I saw several white lady slippers in with the pink one–would that be a different type or just ones with different pigment?

    8 June 2008 at 7:25 pm

  2. This is really nice. Such a interesting flower in so many ways.

    8 June 2008 at 7:59 pm

  3. Too cool!

    8 June 2008 at 8:10 pm

  4. Pam

    What a beautiful flower, Tom! Thanks for sharing it’s life with us!

    8 June 2008 at 8:23 pm

  5. winterwoman

    I have a post about pink lady slippers in my “drafts” folder… doesn’t seem to want to get written this spring… maybe next year? or maybe in a few days… we’ll see….

    8 June 2008 at 8:45 pm

  6. Love this series! Very cool!

    8 June 2008 at 9:02 pm

  7. The eloquence of a lifetime in one flower. Well done.

    8 June 2008 at 9:39 pm

  8. I read your blog regularly and love it! Ladyslippers are wonderful, aren’t they? What a treasure to find them in the forest. Lovely pictures.

    8 June 2008 at 9:55 pm

  9. The Pink Lady Slipper is my birth state’s state flower. I’ve always loved them. Beautiful photos of the Pink Lady Slipper.

    8 June 2008 at 9:58 pm

  10. @ Beth – these were taking multiple years but over a time frame of less than a month.
    @ Jeremy – thanks and they are nice even when dieing
    @ Patrick – thanks
    @ Pam – Thanks and glad you enjoyed!
    @ Winterwoman – pull those out from you draft folder! They are still in flower and would love to see them here soon!
    @ Liza – Thanks
    @ Robin – Thanks and it is amazing what these flowers will encounter!
    @ Carolyn – Thanks and glad you enjoy my blog! These were taken in one of my favorite places. Thanks again for visiting!
    @ Linda – Very cool and they are easy to love!

    8 June 2008 at 10:28 pm

  11. Bo

    I’ve seen yellow ones so far, but no pink. And the ones in Wisconsin aren’t really all pink – they are pink and white, and usually in July.
    I love your sequencing of your ladyslipper- very nice.

    8 June 2008 at 11:11 pm

  12. Very interesting to see this. Thanks!

    9 June 2008 at 12:21 am

  13. What a lovely series..

    9 June 2008 at 7:44 am

  14. Nice!

    9 June 2008 at 7:54 am

  15. What a cool sequence. Did you just come to the same place and take pictures day after day?

    9 June 2008 at 8:16 am

  16. I think people went crazy picking them in Alabama, years ago. We have so few left now that if a wildflower enthusiast finds any, they’ll never tell where!

    9 June 2008 at 8:44 am

  17. The life of a beautiful flower… so lovely.

    9 June 2008 at 9:02 am

  18. Beautiful!!

    9 June 2008 at 9:34 am

  19. Lisa at Greenbow

    What a wonderful series of photos Mon@rch. You are so lucky to have these beautiful ladies in your area. I have only seen them in the wild a couple of times.

    9 June 2008 at 9:53 am

  20. I love those pictures–would really like to see a pink or any kind of lady’s slipper. They are some of my favorite flowers.

    9 June 2008 at 11:52 am

  21. Barbara

    Lovely set of pictures Tom. In PA where I lived for fifty years, there were only a few times I saw and orchid in the wild, and I spent a great deal of time exploring many PA state parks and what ever woods I came across. To me finding a lady slipper of any type was the ultimate prize in my hunt to locate and photograph wildflowers.
    Now that I live in Chautauqua County NY I see them every spring in several different locations.
    Imagine my joy to learn that they grow right here in the woods at my new home. No matter how often I see my lady slippers, (and I visit them often) I still get a thrill.
    Living here is truly a “little piece of heaven”!

    I also found a few round leaf orchid plants blooming and photographed them two or three years ago. Unfortunately when I went back to check on them a few weeks later, something had eaten the stems and flowers. I have checked back each spring, but have seen no signs of it coming back.

    9 June 2008 at 2:45 pm

  22. Beautiful! What kind of a scale are these on?

    9 June 2008 at 3:21 pm

  23. Awesome! I love the shot that is dark with only one flower – gorgeous!

    9 June 2008 at 5:12 pm

  24. Well, there’s not much more I can say about these beautiful pictures. I did enjoy and appreciate them, though. Thanks for sharing them!

    9 June 2008 at 7:40 pm

  25. @ Bo – I have only seen the pink ones! Thanks for your kind words!
    @ Lana – Thanks
    @ Birdlady – thanks
    @ Nick- thanks
    @ Science Guy – these were actually done over a few years but all in the same location.
    @ Rurality – I can’t believe people are out picking these! We have this problem also and others dig them up to plant in their yard.
    @ Jayne – Thanks
    @ threecollie – thanks
    @ Lisa – thanks and we have many wonderful ladies in this area.
    @ Joan – thanks and they are neat to see!
    @ Barbara – thanks and we have a few species of orchids around. The park has a good number of Large Round Leaf Orchids but have not seen any yet this year in flower (then again have not be looking)!
    @ Trixie – thanks and they are about 10-12 inches tall. Is this what you are looking for?? Sorry everyone is so use to macro shots!
    @ Bird Girl – thanks
    @ Rondi – thanks and I enjoy your kind words!

    9 June 2008 at 8:05 pm

  26. That’s exactly what I was asking! Thanks so much.

    10 June 2008 at 12:53 am

  27. Great shots! Wild orchids are always such a treat to see – thanks for sharing yours!

    10 June 2008 at 1:32 am

  28. Tom,
    This is a really neat series of photos. I continue to learn so much from your posts. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a ladyslipper, but they must grow in the woodlands here in Wisconsin.

    Your photos help me see more of life than I would otherwise.

    10 June 2008 at 2:51 pm

  29. Oh that’s just the coolest!!! That’s really neat to see step by step!

    10 June 2008 at 5:51 pm

  30. There are a lot of different flowers and plants growing. Lady Slippers are cool even though they have a girly name.

    10 June 2008 at 8:42 pm

  31. Hi Tom,
    Wonderful! I saw Lady Slippers in P.E.I. a few years ago. I think they are endangered in the U.S.
    wonderful you have them so near.
    Beautiful wildflower.

    10 June 2008 at 9:15 pm

  32. @ Trixie – great!
    @ Adam – thanks and glad you enjoyed!
    @ Caroline – Thanks and glad you enjoy! Get out and enjoy the woods around where you live!
    @ Chicago – Thanks and it is neat seeing them step by step!
    @ Dakota – LOL, thanks and they do have a girly name . . . but then again they are pink! 🙂
    @ Sherry – how cool you have found them. All orchids are of concern in US! Thanks

    10 June 2008 at 9:48 pm

  33. NatureShutterbug

    Awesome sequence.

    11 June 2008 at 12:07 am

  34. Marg

    That’s a wonderful sequence!

    A Fellow birder drove eight hours to get a Calypso Fairy Slipper!

    11 June 2008 at 4:41 pm

  35. Grace

    I agree with Barbara’s opinion of Chautauqua County, but I have to say Allegany State Park is a bigger piece of heaven.

    We have to find Yellow Lady’s Slippers and Showy Ladies Slippers. Both are in the park — somewhere.

    11 June 2008 at 11:08 pm

  36. I love Lady Slippers! I always feel so lucky to even see one. This is a great series!

    12 June 2008 at 11:48 am

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