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Old Jun 3, 2013, 10:00 PM   #1
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First a quick apology - have not stopped by here much lately: plenty of photos, but little time for PP (indeed little time for any computer-related work.) It's a busy time in the Tennessee State Parks!

Was out twice recently searching for one of our state's rarest and showiest orchids. The latin name is Cypripedium reginae, loosely translated, "Queen of the Lady's Slippers." Usually called Showy Lady's Slipper, it's endangered here in Tennessee (and in much of its range).

First location yielded suitable habitat, but no sign of the plants. Second location gave better results.
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You can see why this native orchid is also often called "Pink and White Lady's Slipper!" Color saturation varies, both from plant to plant and from year to year...
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Was fortunate to have good light on the visit to this population, and also plenty of moisture (just after a rain, still nice and cloudy).

In fact, this queenly orchid only thrives where it's quite soggy, only in very specific soil conditions, and only under certain tree species. It is so rare because it is so "picky" about habitat, and because it is very slow to spread.
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Showy Lady's Slipper is noticeably taller than the more common Pink species, and also much more likely to have several blooms per plant.
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Old Jun 3, 2013, 10:12 PM   #5
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This population is located on protected land, so hopefully will thrive for years to come!

Hope you enjoyed these views of our "queen," and that you will share your comments and critique!
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Lovely pictures of a lovely flower! What more can I say, they are all top-notch.
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Great job Mole incredible sharpness, how large is the flower. Based on the shutter speeds I can just visilize you laying on the ground by your tripod peaking through the finder using the 2 sec. timer to lock the mirror up to get those shots.

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Mole, your flower photos just can't be beat. Excellent detail and colour, great comp too. Which lens did you use for this? Thanks. Ned
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A beautiful queen well captured, at least not in the tower.
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Such a beautiful flower. We used to have lady slippers in our yard a few years ago. Haven't seen any in a while now. Really miss them.

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