Nature Photography by Gary D. Tonhouse

I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

~~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

Vanishing Lady

Revealing my beauty
Is what I do best
Behold every petal
A rainbow at rest

Sweet grass does surround me
My temple seems safe
But not from the cruel ones
Who may seal my fate

The wind softly caresses
My petals so fine
I once was abundant
But I'm lost now in time

I hope I will be here
For your children to see
But I need your protection
Or I'll just cease to be

Karen Shaw Matteson
2001





Pink Showy Lady Slipper
Cypridpedium reginae
Orchid Family (Orchidaceae)
MINNESOTA'S STATE FLOWER:
The pink and white lady slipper is one of Minnesota's rarest wildflowers. Thriving in swamps, bogs, and damp woods, they grow slowly, taking 4 to 16 years to produce their first flower. Sometimes they live for 50 years and grow four feet tall. They bloom in late June or early July. It is illegal to pick the lady slipper.






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