Blackwater NWRefuge Orchid

Pink Lady's Slipper wildflower,, photographed by Jeff Zablow at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD

Fall is fine, ‘though 99% of butterflies are gone. Mourning cloaks and those elusive Tortoiseshell butterflies do fly in October and November, but these northern butterflies are so very few and far between.

Now back from 3 weeks in Georgia, I have much inventory work to do, louping, culling, identifying and storing all of the newest slides, and working with Rewind Memories to scan the best of the best.

Gardening now amounts to removing spent annuals and cutting other down or to the ground.

A kind of pall descends, ever so slightly on those of us who do these things. Antidote(s)?

Here is one good one. Reminisce. Recall the moments when you did find our own American-native orchids. Remember how they took your breathe away. Beautiful, delicate, solitary and Oh! how defenseless and vulnerable. Rare, so rare. So in need of protection, hopefully by county, state or federal oversight.

Then look forward. Look forward to heading out in the late Spring of 2017 to find these Pink Lady’s Slipper wildflowers. USA native orchids found amidst heavily wooded areas. This one grew in Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, Maryland, on Maryland’s lower shore area.

Baffled by uncertainty? Don’t know where to find them? There are dozens of native orchids in the eastern U.S., and your county park offices, state park offices and National Wildlife Refuges will be glad to direct you, and use their sharp yellow highlighters to bring you in close personal contact with these Gifts from G-d. June would be my suggestion. Do it.



5 thoughts on “Blackwater NWRefuge Orchid

  1. I really have come to be extremely interested in orchids lately. Thanks for this very interesting article!


    • I too became interested in them last year, Patricia. I was fortunate enough to meet orchid experts in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Next year, ’17 I’m looking forward to being guided to the most Gorgeous of them all, in Ohio. Any takers??


  2. as usual, your images trigger an almost emotional response when seen….then the logic and science steps in with your words.
    the heck with sports hogging the mantra- you are so right, each and every person who professes to be a nature supporter needs to “DO IT” and do it NOW, before all is destroyed while we wait for “someone else” to DO it
    thank you, Jeff for reminding us all of the obligation as well as our ability to make changes when changes are critical

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    • Judgeva, You are very much welcome. We, you and I ‘scratch our heads’ on a beautiful morning or afternoon, puzzling over why our Briar Patch Habitat(s) and parks enjoy so Few men, women and children on their trails, at their gardens and in their wilderness management areas. So much beauty, so under-visited.


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