If you had been walking along one of the park trails near Ladysmith (BC) on Saturday, you might have found a bit of an odd sight: a man lying on his stomach on the trail.
I don’t think anyone did see the sight, but I wouldn’t have noticed if they had. I was lying on my stomach on the trail, busily taking a photograph of these fairy-slipper orchids.
Calypso bulbosa has a widespread distribution across the temperate northern hemisphere, but it is becoming increasingly uncommon near populated centres, due to trampling, flower-picking and naive attempts at transplanting.
These two flowers are a touch past their prime; more recently-emerged flowers in the locale were a deeper shade of purple, much like the colour seen on this Calypso bulbosa photographed last year in Banff. I didn’t notice yellow in the throat of the flowers in the plants near Ladysmith, but that may have been carelessness of observation on my part.
Calypso was a nymph in Greek mythology; she delayed Odysseus from returning home for seven years.