Showy Lady’s Slipper Orchids – What a Delight!

Showy Orchids photographed by Jeff Zablow at Cedar Bog Preserve, not too far from Dayton, Ohio

I saw those Pink Lady’s Slipper Orchids some 18 years ago or so, in Bear Run Preserve, across the road from Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece, Fallingwater. I was very moved by the elegance of those Lady’s Slippers, and deeply value that one image that so pleased me.

My butterfly work often introduces me to wonderful wildflowers, and that’s how I met Barbara Ann, she expert in orchids of the northeast. Those trips to the Jamestown, New York area reunited me with Pink Lady’s Slippers. We agreed that we would LOVE to see Showy Lady’s Slippers, me for the very first time, Barbara Ann for the first time in many, many years.

Local naturalists steered us here and there, all to no success. We were either too early or too late (or not getting good info ?).

Sometime not too long ago, Barbara Ann met Angela on FaceBook. Angela is a Very enthusiastic orchid seeker, and Angela invited Barbara Ann to western Ohio, to see Showys!! At first mention of this opportunity, I jumped, and in June 2017 we were all there in Cedar Bog Preserve, not too far from Dayton, Ohio.

The largest of these Lady Slipper Orchids, good for that, for this image was taken from the boardwalk trail, and I’ll tell you, it was a real Rush for me! My very first Showy Lady Slipper Orchids.

What say you of the posture, stance, floating in air elegance of these American orchids?

Jeff

5 thoughts on “Showy Lady’s Slipper Orchids – What a Delight!

  1. I live just about 4 miles from Cedar Bog. I wished I knew you were going to be there. It would have been a real pleasure meeting you. I really admire your photography and love reading your blog.

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  2. I live only about 4 miles from Cedar Bog. I wish that I had known you were going to be there. It would have been a real pleasure meeting you. I admire your photography and love reading your blog post.

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    • Thank you, arjudy. Barbara Ann Case and I were invited there to see . . . Showys! I had that feeling, that I had fulfilled an objective, one that long awaited being struck off of a sort of list . . . . Well, Angela Carter ( have you met? ) provided such a rich experience, there and in Adams County ( in your very same Ohio ), that I plan to travel once again to met her and her friends in very late June, when Liatris are in bloom. Shall we stay in touch?

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