Nature photography from a woman in the woods

The Yellow Ladies . . .

I was fortunate enough to come across a small patch of Yellow Lady Slippers – the small version. The blooms are only about an inch in length (tip of my thumb). There is a larger related yellow lady slipper, but I have never seen those. Sorry about the noon time sun glare …. I did go back the next day in the evening to get a better picture, but the blooms were already turning brown.

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8 responses

  1. Hi Bearyweather, I don’t think I have ever seen any of the Lady Slippers in person. They sure look lovely! Nice picture! Have a super great day and a wonderful coming weekend!

    June 8, 2012 at 8:53 am

    • I saw my first showy lady slippers about 6 years ago and I thought they were amazing. They are the State flower and I always complained about having a State flower no one ever saw. However, now that I know where they are and where to look … it is a great choice and I look forward to them popping up every June.
      This is only the 2nd time I have ever found the tiny yellow ones.
      thanks for stopping by.

      June 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

  2. sandy

    I never seen them. They have ringlets!

    June 8, 2012 at 10:54 am

    • Yes, the ringlets are what give them personality. Those curly petals are what make them special (the larger orchids don’t have the curl).

      June 9, 2012 at 8:40 am

  3. Those are very pretty. We don’t have yellow ones here. I wonder why!

    June 8, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    • I hate that they are called the “lesser” yellow ladyslipper … but I guess it is fitting. They are smaller than the “greater” and are not found in very many States (the Greater are said to be found in almost all States – even though I have yet to find one).
      One good thing I found out is that these lesser ones can be purchased and grown rather successfully. We have a problem with people finding the other lady slippers … especially the showy ladyslippers. They dig them up and try to grow them in their yards, they die 99% of the time. They are very picky plants and need special conditions … it takes a showy ladyslipper 12-15 years to get it’s first flower … People who love these flowers are actually hurting their future existence

      (info about growing lady slippers – http://www.landscapealternatives.com/include/pages/faq.php#faq5 )

      June 9, 2012 at 8:53 am

  4. These are beautiful, Bearyweather. Tip on sun glare: Set your white balance to shade (or open shade or whatever it might be called on your camera). Helps a lot.

    I saw ladyslippers for the first time on my trip to Canada. I found red, pink, and white.

    June 21, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    • Thanks for the tip. The yellow lady slippers are very waxy, like glass … it was high noon … a really bad situation for photos. The glare was much more obvious when i saw them on my computer then they were when I was taking them because it was so bright out. I went to a nature photography workshop last week and I was glad to hear a professional talk about his struggles trying to get a picture of them without glare at any time of day. I wish they would have still been there when I went back so that I could have tried somethings to get a better shot.

      June 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

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