The Ladies Annual Visit . . .
The annual visit of the lady slippers was several weeks late this year … like everything else. When I could not find them in my normal secret spots, I was afraid that I missed them or worse … the late Spring killed them. I found this patch in a new spot. It is a difficult climb down a ditch to get close, but they seemed to have a lot more vivid pink color. There were a few yellow lady slippers mixed in, too. The pink lady slipper is the State Flower of Minnesota.
There are several native American Folktales and Legends about this unique wild flower. One of the tales, according to Eye On Life Magazine, is the common one I have heard because of the local Ojibwe culture in my area of the State of Minnesota:
“Among several tribes on the North American continent there are romantic tales revolving around the Pink Ladyslipper. The most well known versions originate with the Ojibwe version of the story, in which a young Indian girl embarks on a snow bound, winter journey for desperately needed medicine for her family and tribe. On the journey she loses her moccasins, but continues on bloodying her feet, leaving a trail behind her. In the spring the bloody footprints are replaced by bright pink Ladyslipper orchid and all return to health.” – See more at: eyeonlifemag.com