A Forest of Native Orchids!

A Forest of Native Orchids!

Last weekend I took some time off for camping, hiking and some much-needed R&R with my family in the Wenatchee National Forest in the mountains near Roslyn, Washington. While I wasn’t looking for things to photograph (I was on a mini-vacation after all – which in most professions means no work) I brought along one camera just in case I saw something amazing, and I’m glad I did! The forest all around our tent was loaded with three kinds of native orchids, and two of the species were blooming in profusion! Within ten minutes I shot the following images of several spotted coralroot and western fairy slipper orchids.

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Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata)

The western spotted coralroot orchid growing near the shore of Lake Cle Elum on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains. These beautifully spotted terrestrials are found across North America in northern forests from the Pacific Northwest to Newfoundland. Personally, these are my favorite of the coralroot orchids – Maxillarieae.

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot

Western Fairy-Slipper

Western Fairy Slipper (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis)

Western fairy slipper orchids near the shore of Lake Cle Elum on the eastern side of Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Each plant has one leaf, typical of many species in the the tribe: Calypsoeae.

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Rich Leighton
May 28, 2015
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Pro photographer, writer, master naturalist, Florida native in the PNW, lucky husband, father of two boys, big hockey and soccer fan, and native orchid hunter.

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