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Friday, June 1, 2018

Flower Friday - An Explosion of Color

Just a short time ago, I had trouble finding flowers to photograph for Flower Friday.

Well, that just changed! Our world is exploding with color! I took this photo today.

The most obvious flowers are the glorious yellow ones in our meadows. In contrast, some of the gems grow on the forest floor and require diligent searching to find them. The Fairy Slipper is one of those.

Over the years, I've learned where the patches of these tiny orchids hide on our forest floor. Somehow, I can remember the spots very precisely.

During the brief time that they bloom, I tend to plan my mountain biking routes to go past at least one patch in a ride. A patch of Fairy Slippers looks like a shimmering magenta area on a carpet of pine needles.
Happy Flower Friday! Thanks to the Gang at LLB for hosting the blog hop!


  1. wow to see orchids in a forest must be great... we sadly know only those in a pot... but it's great that they still exist in freedom too ;O))

  2. Lovely images - thank you for sharing! And I'm glad you are surrounded by flowers at last :) There are more and more buds and flowers here, seemingly every day. But few as brilliantly colored as your Calypso :)

  3. Those fairy slippers are amazing. I don't think I've ever seen one in person.

  4. Hari Om
    the essence of beauty... YAM xx

  5. The Fairy Slippers are exquisite and such a treat to find!

  6. Such a beautiful flower! I love wild orchids, and this one is a true stunner.
    Spring is a wonderful season with all the wildflowers blooming. This spring has been spectacular for us since the October fires really helped with opening up dormant seed pods that need fire. It's amazing how nature works.

  7. Those Fairy Slippers are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  8. wow, wild orchids AND mountain lions... you are blessed and I love that joyful grin in fields of flowers to romp in.

  9. Your world is full of technicolor and we love it. We had no idea orchids grew in the Rockies they must be very hearty...Mom needs that species here in the house 'cause she kills all the other kinds.
    Hugs madi and Mom

  10. Such a beautiful explosion and a darn pretty Shyla too!

  11. We so love those fairy slippers - beautiful colors and so delicate!!! And we do love seeing beautiful Shyla in her fields of gold.

    Happy weekend.

  12. Those Fairy Slippers are gorgeous!

    Keep Calm & Bloom On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  13. Wow..those pinks and yellows are beautimous!!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  14. Wow, what gorgeous flowers. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Such beautiful flowers KB... I imagine you were on your hands and knees at times to uncover the hidden flowers,, or maybe they were standing up tall for you to see them. These are beautiful. I have heard about the Fairy Slippers,, Some of them grow here in the thick forests,, but only sometimes have I seen them... Oh my gosh,, thank you for showing me,. I now can see where they get their name,,, they truly do look like Fairy Slippers.
    I love your zest and drive to go out into the world and see beauty.. Thank you,, for helping to make beauty for us to see,,, Thank you for your zest,,,, my zest seems to have departed for awhile,,, but I hope it comes back.

  16. Love the Fairy Slippers - so delicate and pretty
    Hazel & Mabel

  17. Oh my goodness, isn't that gorgeous!!! I can see why you would want to remember where you find them. I've been looking for Lady Slippers in our woods, hoping to make a find, but nothing yet.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  18. Isn't it amazing what a nice shower can do for waking up the wildflowers?

  19. Love the fairy slippers. Around here it was all snow, then brown, but just a few weeks after the snow the brown was gone and it is like a jungle outside. Nature is amazing!


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