Monday, June 8, 2015

Orchid Hunting in North Central Washington


We've visited several areas in north-central Washington recently to see some of the native orchids that grow there and to enjoy the beautiful scenery.  At one site we found both the Eastern Fairy Slipper and a hybrid of the Eastern and Western Fairy Slippers.  At another site we saw a mixed population of plants that appeared to include both the Mountain Lady's Slipper, the Large Yellow Lady's Slipper and their natural hybrid, the Columbia hybrid Lady's Slipper, though all of these plants very likely are hybrids with more or less of each of the parents.  Along with the orchids, as always, we found plenty of other things to photograph.

Bonaparte Lake






Mcloskey Violet



 unidentified Sedge or Rush


 Western Virgin's Bower (Clematis)





 guttation (sweating) on Polypores



 trail


 Connors Lake













raindrops





White Campion (non-native)


Common Yarrow


unidentified lupine


 Canada Thistle (non-native)


 Blue Lake


Black Hawthorne


Sinlahekin Natural Area





 female Western Bluebird


Mule Deer



Eastern Fairy Slipper



Kostiuk's Hybrid Fairy Slipper


Columbia Hybrid Lady's Slipper


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