When many people think of orchids, they picture those large, showy, corsage flowers from the tropics. However, there are many orchids that are native to New England, some of which are just as showy, and all of them beautiful. I photographed every one of the orchids here within 10 miles of where I am writing this.
|Showy Ladies Slipper|
|Pink Ladies Slipper|
There is the rare Showy Lady’s Slipper and the much more common Pink Lady’s Slipper.
There is the Purple Fringed
Orchid that blooms along woodland streams in August, and
the White Fringed Orchid that blooms in a bog 5 miles down the road from where I am now.
|White Fringed Orchid|
There is the Grass Pink that is found in bogs,
and my all time favorite, the Nodding Ladies’ Tresses, which blooms in late September. It is a small, white orchid found in damp meadows. And it is blooming now!
|Nodding Ladies' Tresses|