Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lady's-slipper/ Today's Flowers

Early morning dew on a showy lady's slipper (Cypripedium reginae) living in the wild

This is a northern orchid, the showiest one we have in Ontario.  It prefers to live in wet areas, many of which are currently being drained at an alarming rate to build housing developments and shopping malls in central and southern Ontario.


Showy lady's slippers in afternoon shade also living in the wild

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32 comments:

Tom said...

A slipper fit for a princess... ;o)

Thanks for stopping by Wiggers World today and commenting on the Weather Vane.. when I come across others I will make a point of posting them and let you know they are up.... please feel free to copy them if you like. I took a picture of the house and it was not until a day or so later I noticed the weather vane being a fox. I have notr been that way in a while so I really need to get a better shot of it.

Gill - That British Woman said...

that's just lovely.

I ahree we are developing all the lovely countryside to too fast, and it's pretty bad in your area isn't it?

Gill where it's not quite as bad.......yet!

Cezar and Léia said...

Really graceful!
Sad to hear about the frenzy of drainage over there, it most likely will bring regret for generations to come...
God bless you!
Cezar

Colleen said...

I love lady slippers. The second shot shows off it's shape so nicely.

I just wanted to let you know that I truly appreciate all of the comments that you leave on my blog. Thanks!!

eileeninmd said...

The lady slipper is a beautiful flower. Wonderful photos

ladyfi said...

What delicate and lovely colours!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

EG: Certainly a beautiful capture of the wild flower. I will play later on.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I don't think I've ever seen these before. these are lovely!

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful shot of the wild flower. We have a Mountain Lady' Slipper--same shape different color.
Look at the sunshine you have. Sat. was sunny and hot and today is going to nice but cooler. MB

Leif Hagen said...

Beautiful flowers! My secretary has some of those in their garden but we don't have any in our garden yet...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those are beautilful shots! I want to walk in your (cool and quiet) woods.

Becky and Gary said...

This is a beautiful little flower, and I am looking for them around here too, with no luck yet. Why do they have to destroy our wet lands in favor of malls. It just doesn't make sense to me.
Your pictures are amazing EG!
B.

lotusleaf said...

What a beautiful wild orchid! Thanks for sharing!

lazyclick said...

Very beautiful flowers. Very pretty.

Naturegirl said...

She is a beautiful little flower and how sad that she is becoming extinct...I hate Urban developement!!Our trees and wildlife are losing their habitat not to mention such delicate sweet flowers!shaking my head.

Ebie said...

I have seen quite a few of them, but in white, I do not know if they are the same.

The flower is lovely, I will pay attention the next time we will go for a walk.

Joke...the slipper made of glass? (LOL)

Betty said...

Such a lovely sweet little flower.You captured it perfectly.
Hugs♥♥♥

Poetic Shutterbug said...

These lady slippers are so delicate and just lovely. They look like little ballerina slippers.

Al said...

Beautiful flowers. I didn't realize orchids grew that far north, I think of them as tropical plants, but then again I don't know much about flowers so it's nice to learn something new.

Carver said...

Beautiful lady slippers. So sad to me when wet areas are drained for construction.

Rambling Woods said...

I was just reading about orchids in a magazine and how many species there are our in the wild and how far people will travel to see some of the rare ones... Beautiful... Michelle

Shelle said...

very pretty....gorgeous light...it looks like a butterfly.

Janie said...

What a beautiful flower! Perfect photos.

George said...

Both of these are beautiful, but I especially like the first one. You've captured both perfectly.

Average Girl said...

Lady Slippers.....they use to be in abudance in BC, but are so rare now... lovely!

Ann said...

Your macros are so fantastic. Lovely flowers and skill.

Arija said...

It is so sad to see native habitat for flora and flora destroyed for the ever mounting greed of mankind. We are sealing the surface of the planet at a quite alarming rate.

Lovely slipper orchids. I do hope they survive.

see you there! said...

Brings back memories, we used to find lady slippers in the woods in Oregon when I was a child.

Darla

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JunieRose2005 said...

It's beautiful!

So sad it's not being better protected!


Junie

Kitty said...

Those are lovely flowers! And an delightfully perfect name.

Denise said...

Fantastic! I have only seen one lady slipper in my life and I always keep hoping I will see another one. Your photos are special!

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