Wednesday, March 18, 2015
A New Season Begun
My wife and I were out on Monday, March 16, photographing an early spring and found the first native orchids of the season, Western Fairy Slippers, beginning to bloom at two locations. At the third location we did not find any in bloom, but did find plenty in bud.
The Western Fairy Slipper, Calypso bulbosa var. occidentalis, is the first of our native orchids to bloom, but this year, due to a mild winter and a warm spring, they are weeks ahead of schedule. We usually don't expect to see them until near the middle of March.