Chance and I took off early Sunday morning. I ordered some blueberries off the fruit truck and they needed to be picked up at 8AM. Far Guy loves blueberries…me not so much.
On the way to the big town…in the middle of the road we saw; a Deer, a Turkey Vulture and a Snapping Turtle. No photos because I was driving!
After the blueberry pickup my reward was being the captain of my own ship so I took off through Tamarac Wildlife Refuge in search of Lady’s Slippers.
The Yellow Lady’s Slippers are just about done.
An insect or animal ate away the front part of the slipper. SO…you can see the runway that starts at the top of the slipper and travels down…this must show up like neon lights to pollinating insects.
These are very small Yellow Lady’s Slippers. A different variety…I have only seen these on the Refuge.
The Minnesota State Flower The Showy Lady’s Slipper. Cypripedium reginae.
Yes they are Orchids. The Showy Lady’s Slippers will be in peak in about a week…Father’s Day right on target. Right now I saw about four clumps in bloom on the 18 mile stretch…but then I was driving…but slow and I stopped and got out of the vehicle to take photos. I didn’t meet one car the entire 18 miles…it was a perfect morning! Chance hung his head out the window almost the entire drive.
There are getting to be a few skeeters in the deep woods. We did see some wildlife…more on that tomorrow.