Kip’s Comments 5-21-20

Showy Orchis - Image 635058 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Delicate and Bold

Over the past few weeks I have been watching and hoping that I would find some very uncommon plants blooming in a timber not too far away. Based on past experience, these plants have bloomed before in my search area.

Finding the plants today would prove to be quite a challenge as the stinging nettles and other woodland vegetation seemed to be growing faster and taller than my target species. According to my records from previous years, I knew this week would likely be the time to find the plants with blossoms, if I would find them at all.     

After work today I took a quick walk to see if I could locate at least one of the plants. Having seen what I presumed were basal leaves last week, I had a hunch today I might find blossoms.   

While walking back and forth in an area or two where I had photographed the plants in previous years, and not finding them, and thinking I was in the area of the basal leaves seen earlier, I wondered if something had happened to the plants. Where could the pretty little blooms be? Why wasn’t I finding them? Then, unexpectedly, I noticed one clump of delicate pink-purple blossoms. As I photographed those blooms, another plant was spotted nearby.

Thinking I had found the two plants I saw last year, I assumed I was done taking pictures and enjoying a plant few others see. Then yet a third plant was observed! This was getting exciting! I had almost missed not one, not two, but three showy orchis plants. That would have really been disappointing. I wonder if there are more that I did not find. I may have to look for other showy orchis plants!  

Showy Orchis: 

Showy Orchis - Image 635044 (© Kip Ladage)

Showy Orchis – Image 635044 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Showy Orchis - Image 635058 (© Kip Ladage)

Showy Orchis – Image 635058 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Showy Orchis - Image 635090 (© Kip Ladage)

Showy Orchis – Image 635090 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Showy Orchis - Image 635099 (© Kip Ladage)

Showy Orchis – Image 635099 (© Kip Ladage)

   

During my search for the showy orchis I noticed this wild geranium looking stunning, so I photographed it.   

Wild Geranium:

Wild Geranium - Image 635108 (© Kip Ladage)

Wild Geranium – Image 635108 (© Kip Ladage)

 

One last find in the showy orchis area was the only morel mushroom I have found so far this year. My excuse is that I have not looked too hard.   

Morel Mushroom:

Morel Mushroom - Image 635040 (© Kip Ladage)

Morel Mushroom – Image 635040 (© Kip Ladage)

 

In our backyard this afternoon, in our “less than perfect” volunteer cedar tree – a popular tree with many birds – I watched as an American redstart preened its feathers. After aligning each feather the bird took flight and so far has not returned.   

American Redstart:

Amerrican Redstart - Image 635126 (© Kip Ladage)

Amerrican Redstart – Image 635126 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Amerrican Redstart - Image 635124 (© Kip Ladage)

Amerrican Redstart – Image 635124 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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