A perfect pair

A lovely pair of Fairyslipper or Calypso orchids – not exactly rare, but not very common either. Looking at the half-dozen or so places I’ve seen these flowers bloom, I think they only grow in medium-elevation, unlogged forest. I saw these two along the trail to Nairn Falls, with maybe about 15 in total – the most I’ve ever seen in one place. In addition to these little beauties, there was some lovely fresh cheery yellow arnica, and the first signs of wild ginger and Queen’s Cup. Spring is coming to the mountains!

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