Visitors 55
Modified 10-May-16
Created 10-May-16
12 photos

A striped coralroot orchid (Corallorhiza striata) blooms on lower Trail 5, beneath the black oaks. A pair of great blue herons (Ardea herodias) arrive near Searsville Dam for feeding time. One even shows his nictitating membrane, the third (transparent) eyelid.

Leading a tour for the Douglas County Alpine Club (don't ask), I have time to snap a few photos. As usual when I lead tours, I focus on my guests, not my camera.

For another orchid of this species, check out my folder of 4/28/2012, in "Adventures on a Smaller Scale". That time I was alone with time to do justice to the orchid and its visiting insect.
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