Biota of The Blue Ridge: Showy Orchis
I have a bit of a backlog of spring wildflowers and such that would be suitable for this series-theme, so even though most if not all of these blooming things will have gone to seed–literally–by the time I post them, I’ll do so anyway. Old botanical news is still good news. Eh?
I discovered a large patch of perhaps 20 clusters of Showy Orchis along side our rugged road and not a hundred yards from the outhouse-and-ladder scene I posted a while back.
As you might–and should–know, orchids live in a close dependence on soil fungi–called mycorhizae–and duplicating that association, even with a largish rootball, is almost impossible. Transplanted orchids, for that reason, have a low probability of long term survival. So: leave them where you find them, enjoy them with your camera.
RELATED: My outhouse picture has been pirated. I was showing images in a nearby city a few weeks back and the person exclaimed “That’s YOUR picture? I saw it on another site and you didn’t get credit for it.” Hence, the water-marking of images when I can remember to do it. It doesn’t prevent image theft, but it helps I think.