The Ladies have Returned in Abundance . . .
Apparently, our rainy weather and wet ground are good growing conditions for our Fancy Pink Lady Slippers. The ladies are flashing their beauty all over the woods this year, growing in abundance and popping up everywhere .. places where I have never seen them before. (the pink “shoe part” is about 2 inches long). Their fanciness is only on display for a very short week or two, so get out there and look a little closer at the ditches and edges of lakes, streams and rivers … you won’t have to search long to be rewarded with their gorgeousness.
Fancy Pink Lady Slippers are the State Flower of Minnesota, so it is illegal to pick them. Since they are one of my favorite wildflowers and they only grow where they want to grow, I make a point to go out to visit them with my camera every year .. just sorry the sun was not shining this year to make them really brighten up the shot. If you have not gotten your fill of this beautiful wild flower, here is a link to my post from last year which includes the story/legend of how they got the name lady slipper. (link to last year’s post)