Interesting Nature Facts #76 – Native Orchids

orchid Archives · Leighton Photography & Imaging

Interesting Nature Facts #19 – Western Rattlesnake Plantain Orchid

The western rattlesnake plantain orchid (Goodyera oblongifolia)! Welcome to the next installment of a new series of nature photos that will be short & sweet, and all about the native and naturalized wildlife that is all around us with just one or two interesting nature facts that you might not know about. If you want

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Native Orchids of Colorado: Yellow Coralroot (Corallorhiza trifida)

Last month I made a quick trip down to New Mexico and Colorado for a photography business trip and as I was coming over Independence Pass to the east of Aspen, I started spotting a lot of orchids on the side of the road. Because I had a free day or traveling set aside for nature photography, I

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Ghost Orchid Photographed from an Unusual Angle

Ten years ago I spotted my first wild ghost orchid in the Fakahatchee Strand of Southwest Florida after literally years of exhaustively searching the wetlands and wading through enormous tracts of swamp following a grid pattern on a worn-out, folded-up survey map. Over the following years, I’ve accumulated quite a large number of images of

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Native Orchids of the Rocky Mountains – Western Rattlesnake Plantain

Last month I was in Alberta and Montana unsuccessfully trying to get grizzly bears on camera, but I did bring home some beautiful botanical images. Here are the first of them! ~ click on any image to enlarge or find location information ~ Western Rattlesnake Plantain Orchid (Goodyera oblongifolia) The western rattlesnake plantain orchid is

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First Spotted Coralroot Orchids of 2016!

This is a follow up to my last orchid-hunting post. Last week was my first official orchid-hunting expedition of the year, and I followed the suggestion of a fellow orchid-hunter to check out a new area (for me) – Fidalgo Island near Anacortes, Washington. In most places that aren’t very remote, it can take a

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Western Fairy-Slipper Orchid

Last week was my first official orchid-hunting expedition of the year, and I followed the suggestion of a fellow orchid-hunter to check out a new area (for me) – Fidalgo Island near Anacortes, Washington. In most places that aren’t very remote, it can take a bit of effort and searching to find that first colony.

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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

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