I overslept this morning again. This is getting to be a bad habit. Too bad too because the sky to the north looked fabulous in a soft pastel way. But that was not my goal for today.
I almost went to High Ledges last week to look for Yellow Lady’s Slippers. High Ledges is a Massachusetts Audubon sanctuary that was formerly owned by Dutch and Mary Barnard who donated it to the organization for future enjoyment and protection. I am sure much of what is there came naturally, but I also know that they were great stewards of their property and planted and did a little arranging of rocks and fallen trees to add to the ambiance. I figured since everything was a week or more late I would wait for today. Bingo! Although the first plant I saw had become a deer’s munch, there were three plants in flower for a total of four blooms. The other plants don’t seem to be forming buds or maybe they are more behind than the others. One additional misfortune that comes with oversleeping is that, as the sun rises and warms the air, breezes begin to stir so it took a lot of patience to get a frame with motionless plants.
Note the flower above in the blurry background. Here it is blurless:There are also many Pink Lady’s Slippers there along with lots of other wildflowers…..Yup, Painted Trillium too 🙂 but for today I was suffering from tunnel vision and only had eyes for these.
I am not sure what tomorrow will bring but today was a good hike and a re-acquaintance with these lovelies that I have not visited for a couple of years. I am really very happy that they endure.