Take 5: Lady’s Slipper Season

Lady’s slippers are blooming. Named for their shoe-like flower shape, these unusual plants are members of the orchid family. They’re long-lived and take years to flower for the first time. Though the pink lady’s slipper is relatively easy to spot, our other species are much more rare. Here are five exquisite portraits of these orchids from our past Photo Contests.

Monica Alley 2013

Pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule), 2013 Photo Contest Entry © Monica Alley

Linda Sullivan 2011

Yellow lady’s slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum), 2011 Photo Contest Entry © Linda Sullivan

Henry Josephson 2014

Pink lady’s slippers (Cypripedium acaule), 2014 Photo Contest Entry © Henry Josephson

Gail S Platz 2011

Showy lady’s slipper (Cypripedium reginae), 2011 Photo Contest Entry © Gail S. Platz

Rebecca Skinner 2010

Pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule), 2010 Photo Contest Entry © Rebecca Skinner

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