Yellow Lady's Slipper by Larry Trupp

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Wildflowers of North America…29 April 2011

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Location: Taken during a spring rain, in the marsh on the back porperty at the FortWhyte Nature Center, on the southwest edge of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi Sigma APO 150mm Macro Lens, F stop: F/7.1 Exposure: 1/160 sec. Focal length: 150.0 mm Flash: flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode (16) Dimensions: 2400×1994 Shutter speed (Tv): 7.3 .

Yellow Lady’s Slipper, cypripedium calceo-lus L. var.pubescens, of the orchid family;

Flowers – one per stem or two, each subtended by an erect leaf like bract, sepals and lateral petals greenish-yellow to purplish brown. The lower yellow petal of flower is inflated to form a 2-6 cm (1 to 1.5 inch) pouch; (allowing insects to enter, but to exit out the rear where they collect pollen in the process), spirally twisted petals, 1.5-4 cm (5/8 to 1 1/2 inch) long, purple-veined and purplish dotted around the orifice. Flowering June-July.

Fruit: – dry, dark brown capsule with many seeds.

Leaves: Light green, ovate to lanceolate with sharp points, prominently veined, with few hairs, 5-15 cm (2 to 6 inches) long, up to 5 cm (2 inches) across.

Growing pattern – perennial, herb forb, nearly smooth, stem is about 12 cm (5 inches) long, reaching 15-40 cm (6 to 16 inches) tall.

Growth environment – edge of open spaces in aspen poplar woods or upper margins of sloughs, marshes, ditches and railway grades.

Information obtained from the book Wild flowers of Manitoba, by Ben W. Holyk.

A self taught amateur photographer who resides in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is a prairie city in the center of Canada. My dear wife Marg and I have been married for 52 years, and we have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren to share our busy lives.I love to read, practice photography, spend time with my family, play around on the computer, and volunteer a lot of my time at our local Nature Center, where I serve as an interpreter for kids programs.

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Comments

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRosealmost 6 years ago

    Larry, your image and writeup is absolutely superb…………
    would definitely fit into a botanist’s catalogue…………
    cheers, Rosie xoxo

  • Thanks Rosie, I really appreciate your comments

    – Larry Trupp

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful work Larry and the information to go with it is fantastic, well done on both…gina

  • Thanks Virginia, much appreciated indeed.

    – Larry Trupp

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture Larry. Love the raindrops.

  • Thanks Teresa, much appreciated…Did you find the woodpeckers OK?

    – Larry Trupp

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisalmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture, Larry! Thanks for the info also!

  • Thanks Barbara, always great to hear from you

    – Larry Trupp

  • Cheryl Dunning
    Cheryl Dunningalmost 6 years ago

    very pretty

  • Thanks Cheryl, much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful composition, color and capture and once again you have provided such wonderful information about this lovely flower!

  • Thanks Joanne, your comments are always so appreciate,

    – Larry Trupp

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 6 years ago

    What a beautiful find – - – WONDERFUL!!!!

  • Thanks ever so much Lori

    – Larry Trupp

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaalmost 6 years ago

    I am fascinated by the variegated leaves. I think the slipper looks like a wooden shoe.

  • Just love your comments Al, much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 6 years ago

    This is fantastic Larry, great macro, hugs Ann

  • Thanks for the fav, and your precious comments, much appreciated indeed Ann.

    – Larry Trupp

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7almost 6 years ago

    Superific image Larry and a definite fave. Love those water or rain drops. >< Ron

  • Thanks for the fav and your comments, always much appreciated Ron.

    – Larry Trupp

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