05.23.2021 Dutch Bonnets

Yesterday morning my mission was to visit a dependable spot for pink lady’s slippers and especially the white variant of Cypripedium acaule. Unfortunately, this year the number of plants there is lower than usual and there were no white flowers, only pink. Still, those that I did find were lovely as always.

These two especially got my attention for the curve of the petals that reminded me of the Dutch bonnets worn by ladies…at least in pictures that I have seen.Β  I’ve never been to Holland so my awareness of them is strictly vicarious.

Most of these I have seen droop their petals so this pair is a little different.

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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29 Responses to 05.23.2021 Dutch Bonnets

  1. picpholio says:

    These twoo are realy awesome !

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  2. Ms. Liz says:

    Amazing! the balloon parts with pink veins make me think of hearts.

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  3. melissabluefineart says:

    I picked a good day to stop by~this is a wonderful shot! You’re right, it does look like that.
    I have been absent from WordPress because I was soooo frustrated with it. I could never get my site to work, and half the time they’d make me log in and then act like they’d never heard of me. So I said, “forget it”. I have missed you, though. Thank you for stopping by my site. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Melissa!

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  4. It’s like two dancers in coordinated outfits.

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    A lovely pair, so crisp and beautiful, Steve!

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  6. shoreacres says:

    What a neat photo. Finding a matched pair must have delighted you. You’re right about the Dutch bonnets. I’ve never been to Holland either, but I grew up 30 miles from a Dutch town in Iowa, and frequented their bakeries at least a couple of times each month. Every year our high school band played in the Tulip Time parade, and believe me — there’s nothing quite like marching in wooden shoes. I still have a vintage Tulip time postcard that shows those bonnets. See?

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    • Thanks, Linda. So far you are the only one who saw them the same as I did. Your postcard does verify the look. I cannot imagine marching in clogs much less wooden shoes…they are sort of the same thing, I guess. I can picture the young women working at the bakery wearing traditional costumes along with the bonnets. I used to buy my lunch at a German deli and the folks dressed as if they were still in the old country. It was part of the charm.

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  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely, crisp image, Steve!

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  8. Denzil says:

    Lovely shot of a beautiful flower Steve! Just discovered your blog: lots of great photos and info here!

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  9. Todd Henson says:

    There they are! Absolutely beautiful, and I also love that curve to the petals. Sorry to hear about there being fewer than in the past, but glad to see you found some, just the same. We continue enjoying finding new plants along the trails. Of course, most choose to locate themselves right in the middle of throngs of thorny vines, but I can’t blame them. It’s good protection. πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Todd! Lady’s slippers occasionally take a rest year, so I have read, so it isn’t necessarily a sign of trouble when the numbers are down. I’ve not encountered lady’s slippers in a thorny area but there are a couple of spots I visit where I do come out with some bloody scratches. A price but often worth it. πŸ™‚


  10. Jane Lurie says:

    Excellent image, Steve. They do certainly look like the bonnets, or to me, the Flying Nun. πŸ™‚

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  11. Very Nice Steve! Enjoyed seeing them!

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