05.26.2020 Tuesday Twins

Here are a couple of Pink Lady’s Slippers – Cypripedium acaule for starters.  I visited a spot where they can always, so far, be found and they did not disappoint. This was actually my last composition but it is here first because it’s just a basic shot. I was so busy doing closer ups that I almost forgot to get a regular view. They look pretty similar and seem to be growing from the same rhizome so might be twins…or not.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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28 Responses to 05.26.2020 Tuesday Twins

  1. Leya says:

    Lovely – different from the ordinary ones.

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  2. Slippers should always come in pairs like this. I guess the pine cone is a footrest. They’re a beautiful color, I wish I knew a spot like this, to reliably find them. 🙂

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    • Yes, I don’t have any slippers but if I did I would certainly want a pair. I know of a few fairly reliable spots, but often it turns out someone who knows nothing important about them has pulled some up to plant at home which is pretty much the same as murder. I thought the pine cone was one of those boot cleaners we keep at the door for muddy days.

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  3. Do you know whether all those “veins” serve any purpose (other than attracting photographers)?

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  4. Beautiful. And the pinecone is a nice touch.

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  5. And what a lovely pair they are, too. Like the cone in front, too.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    What you said about someone pulling up plants is part of the reason I’ve not been very specific about the locations of a couple plants I’ve found. When I post photos of our native cannas, I’ll identify them only as being in ‘Brazoria county’ when I post their photos; I know people with water gardens who would make a beeline to gather some of the plants. I don’t know about lady slippers and other orchids, but we have some plants that just don’t transplant well, anyway. Learning how to grow them from seed’s better, or buying plants that someone else has grown.

    The veins give a sense of brocaded slippers — and I like the longer view. Closeups always are wonderful, but it’s nice to see some of the flower’s world, too.

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    • I had a trusted friend on FB ask me today about where to find the lady’s slippers I’ve been sharing. I told her in a private message for that very reason. The folks who live nearby know all about them but I see no reason to spread the news. I sometimes make the mistake of disclosure and have to be more circumspect in the future.

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  7. krikitarts says:

    Minnesotans are very proud of them, our state flower. Some springs I see several on the verge of one of the roads, and I’m always happy to see them having been left alone day after day, with only a few exceptions when some ignorant fool tries to remove and transplant them. I’ve read that they most often do not survive any such attempt. This is a lovely and remarkable pair!

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    • They require such special conditions that the average homeowner or lay botanist will almost always murder them by digging up and transplanting. Some say you can grow them from seed but I don’t know of anyone who has done that. Happily the majority of folks know enough to leave them alone and just appreciate them on a nice hike.

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  8. bluebrightly says:

    Happiness!!! Love the cone, too.


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