Wednesday evening, May 16th, after both of us were finished with the day's duties, my wife and I visited Sehome Hill Arboretum in Bellingham. The 180 acre city park is not a true arboretum but a hill covered with second growth forest that is fairly rich in native flora. The area is next to the campus of Western Washington University and the University is partly responsible for the park. It is laced with trails and we spent several pleasant hours there, wandering around and looking for things to photograph.
Western Spotted Coralroot
Among other wildflowers we found three native orchids, a Fairy Slipper (Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis) that was past its prime, and two Coralroots, the Western Spotted and the Striped Coralroots (Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis and Corallorhiza striata var. striata). The former we found in only one location and there only one spike, the other we found in quite a few locations and in one area around a dozen spikes, all of them fresh and newly opened.