There are certain wildflowers that I try to visit every year. The Painted Trilliums probably top the list, but not far behind are the Yellow Lady’s Slippers (Cypripedium parviflorum). I am not sure if they are naturally occurring in this spot or if the former property owner planted them. But they are native and Pink Lady’s Slippers are all over the sanctuary, so they may have grown there on their own. Either way, I find them quite lovely and it is always a joy to visit them and make a few images.
The last few years have been a little disappointing. Last year someone had stomped a couple and the previous year they were a meal for a deer, most likely. This year all was well.
I generally prefer a green background for these portraits, but the last couple with dried leaves have been satisfying enough. I waited for the cloud-filtered sun to peek through some branches and hit the flower with the background still somewhat shaded. I think it works..