Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Rare Find!

This post is not about quilting...you don't have to look at Autumn Houses one more time!
Yesterday we hiked to Fourmile Falls and on the way I spotted a small speck of purple off the trail.  When I went to investigate, I was rewarded with the Calypso Orchid, or Fairy Slipper.  This delicate orchid tends to favor sheltered areas on conifer forest floors and is endangered in the US.  It is also only about 1" in size and we all know how I love miniature things!
A side view of this divine orchid.

Little white Trillium was abundant as well.

Our destination...
Fourmile Falls!
Thank goodness it isn't four miles of hiking to get to the falls, because the last climb had my legs feeling like lead weights.  I am still not elevation acclimated.

Good news...Midnight accompanied the cowboys out to the meadow this am.  He stayed clear of the skunk's lair and ran to his heart's desire.

11 comments:

Lori said...

What a lovely day for a hike. The orchid is beautiful!!

Darlene said...

The orchid is beautiful - definitely a rare find.

annieb said...

How lovely!! Lucky you to see such a rare thing of beauty.

Cathy said...

Love the orchid. We went walking yesterday I found an orchid looking flower. I will post a picture later. thanks for sharing. Hugs

Maureen said...

What a find! You have good eyes!
I've been walking dogs in my neighborhood and was just thinking how nice it would be to go on a real hike.
Glad Midnight is back.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Beautiful orchid Cheryl. It is so much fun to native flowers in other states. Thanks for sharing your hike with us.

Carolyn :)

Merilyn said...

What a beautiful orchid, and I just love the little Trillium as well!!! Thanks for sharing another part of your life!!!

Rose Lee said...

Splendiferous photography!

Mary L. said...

Beautiful orchid and I love trilliums.

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

What an exquisite flower! I have never seen one like it. Thank you so much for bringing along your camera so you could share it with us. And I love seeing your Autumn House blocks. Keep them coming!

Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Thank you for sharing. Those are just fabulous. The colors are outstanding. Don't you just love it when you happen to have the camera? Perfect shots!