July 14-11

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2011: July: July 14-11
Three in a row    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Rick Baetson
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Photos by Rick Baetson
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Photos by Rick Baetson
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Photos by Rick Baetson

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 08:00 am:

Rick Baetson has been coming to the Upper Peninsula for quite some time, but has been doing so, more in the warmer seasons lately. He says that has helped his interest in wildflowers to resurface again and Iím sure glad it did. Just look at some of the beauties heís photographed in Alger County, mostly the Munising and Grand Marais areas.

The first three shots are Ladyslippers, but several different varieties. The top photo is a traditional deep pink flower, with the second photo the brightest yellow Iíve seen. You sure canít miss those flowers on the forest floor. Rickís third flower photo is a Ramís head ladyslipper and quite unique looking.

Rick said the final shot is a Small Round Leaved Orchid and quite the pretty little flower, indeed. He said it is a rare flower and listed as an endangered species in the State of Michigan. It only grows about 5 to 6 inches tall and is found in wet conifer bogs, only in several locations of the Upper Peninsula. Rick says he really likes the purple/lavender color of the spots on the flowers petals, as they are so small yet so richly saturated. I have to whole-heartedly agree!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 08:02 am:

Love the flower pictures. I love summer!!!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 08:08 am:

Beautiful bouquet of flowers today!

By Donna (Donna) on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 08:10 am:

WOW....awesome pictures....As a kid, tromping through the woods with Grandma...we'd see lady slippers, etc...it's been many a year since I've seen one...And I never heard of the Ram's head lady slipper...I'd a swore that was a Jack in the Pulpit!

My Mom gave me a book on Keweenaw Wildflowers done by Harvey Desnick....very cool book.

Beautiful stuff!

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 08:50 am:

Stunning beauties! As grand or even more so than an orchid! Thanks Rick and Mary.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 09:01 am:

Nice photos and good detail!

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 09:21 am:

Rick, that you so for the beautiful flower shots! Oy! Great job!

By Helen Marie Chamberlain (Helen) on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 09:23 am:

Whoops, meant "thank you!"

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 12:35 pm:

Nice shots! Ladyslippers have always been a favorite, tho have photographed more Showy's than anything.

Has anyone seen Calypso orchids in the UP? We've photographed them in Wilderness Park in the LP. They are also known as the fairy slipper or Venus's slipper, but don't know if they are closely related to 'real' lady slippers. Sounds like their habitat is similar to the Small Round Leaved Orchid's.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 03:09 pm:

Beautiful flowers. Thanks 4 sharing.

By Hollidays (Hollybranches) on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 05:08 pm:

Everytime we take walks, we always see the most beautiful wildflowers ever. Their aroma just fills the air. Great pictures, Rick!

By eugenia r. thompson (Ert) on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 08:25 pm:

OMG, how beautiful! Thank you, Rick, for sharing them with us. You made my day!

By joanne belhart (Jojo) on Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 09:33 pm:

where oh where did my hummers go? beginning of summer they
were at my feeders and honeysuckle vine now they have been gone
for 3 weeks.

By Just me (Jaby) on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 11:15 am:

ohhhh beautiful flower photos!!

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