May 27, 2004
My Annual Lady Slipper Hike
No, no, no. You don't wear lady's slippers.
You go to find and see a wild orchid,
the Pink Lady Slippers (Cypripedium acaule)
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by Bruce McMillan.
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All photos © 2004 by Bruce McMillan
Just as fishermen choose to keep their favorite fishing holes a secret, I keep my favorite Lady Slipper woods a secret. Why? Because this protected wild orchid thrives in my secret spot. I count them in the hundreds.
They are so delicate.
They are here for such a short time.
They announce the start of summer.
They shimmer in the filtered light of fern fronds.
They even come in the rare white.
They come in deep dark pinks.
They bask in the sun.
They stand and dance on the forest floor.
They exemplify nature's annual wild beauty.

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Photo Tip:
To fill in the dark shadows when photographing flowers in the wild, bring a reflector with you. Don't have one? Make one out of cardboard and aluminum foil. It's what I do. I wrap aluminum foil, dull side out to avoid a mirror effect and soften the light, over and around an 18" x 24" piece of corrugated cardboard, and secure it with tape. To use your new reflector just bounce the sunlight into the shadows and you'll feel like you're painting with light, and you are. Best of all this new tool is very lightweight . . . and easily replaceable.
What kind of camera did I use to take these photos?
A simple easy-to-use point and shoot digital camera

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Canon S500
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