Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Pink Ladyslipper Trail 2017 - Part 3

I was hiking with the dogs on a sort of a trail in Brasher State Park which last year had an abundance of Pink Ladyslippers. I was disappointed at first, but began to find the wild orchids in bloom as we proceeded into the forest:

The dogs didn't care about such things, but concentrated on running, playing, sniffing and peeing:

And it was a lovely place for happy dogs to run:

 Another Pink Ladyslipper, next to a Red Pine cone. Like Wild Strawberries, the Ladyslippers seem to thrive in this sandy soil covered with dead pine needles:

We turned around and began heading back to the car:

Did Seamus think he was hiding behind a sapling?

I was happy, albeit getting lots of mosquito bites (you can see three of them on my head):

 And just when I thought there'd be no more, I found another Pink Ladyslipper:

We took a slight detour, hoping to find more flowers:

Clover, Fergus and Daphne were sniffing something fascinating:

We were almost back to the car when I noticed this Chokecherry:

And there was our car, just ahead. We piled into the car and I rolled the windows down so the mosquitoes would be blown out as we drove away:

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