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Time for ladies’ tresses orchids

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Great Plains Ladies' Tresses Orchid Buds Opening 9379A

When I got back from Arkansas on November 10th, I found a phone message from Meg Inglis saying that there were some groups of ladies’ tresses orchids, Spiranthes magnicamporum, flowering in her neighborhood. (Thanks, Meg, and people like you who tip me off to sightings of native plants.) So, after driving 1300 miles in four days, the next afternoon I set out on the 30-mile trek to see the ladies’ tresses a little south of the town of Bee Cave. The orchids were growing in a ditch along Westcave Loop and were mostly surrounded by drying grass, so I had to get low and mat down small areas of the grass in order to have a clear view of any of the orchids. As you can see, the buds on this one were still opening, and the direction of the opening is clear: from bottom to top. If you’d like to see what one of these spikes looks like when all its flowers have opened, you can check a post from last November.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 2, and 6 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 6, 2013 at 5:57 AM

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