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Fragments from Floyd

The Slower You Go

One of our most striking woodland orchids--easily missed!
One of our most striking woodland orchids--easily missed!

I think I say it a couple of times in the books–the slower you go, the more you see. The more you see the more you know and come to care about in the particular.

I don’t know how many times we must have driven past this cluster of Showy Orchis and the other several striking bunches of that not-common species in our travels.

It took me walking down (running, actually) to fetch the wandering dog home from one of his nasally-induced rambles to see the most perfect specimen of this prized plant on the bank–at eye level even so the photographer could avoid wallowing on his belly for the shot.

I don’t seem to be able to find the “studio lighting” for this plant that would make it a great shot. It’s a “deep” plant in that the blooms arise from all sides of the stem. It grows typically in deeper woods–even piney woods–where the lighting and background clutter are rarely ideal.

But I love the way each is a prim old-fashioned lady in her lavender bonnet and ruffled white bodice.

1 thought on “The Slower You Go”

  1. How many ground orchid species are there in Floyd County (roughly)? I think there are about 4 native species here in S. Florida, along with a couple of exotics from Africa.

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