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High Ledges. June 3, 2010

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The High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary tops a tall hill in Shelburne, and is a great place to spend a few summer hours.  It’s beautiful this time of year, with the mountain laurels starting to pop, and an idyllic view:

…overlooking the village of Shelburne Falls, with the Bridge of Flowers in shadow at the left:

That’s a way tele shot, and cropped to boot, but the people on the bridge are very differentiable in the full-sized original.

Hats off to Gizmo.

I hiked the trails looking for Lady’s Slippers, and found plenty:

The rare yellow ones, sometimes plentiful, had gone by, so you get the pinks.

I wandered the woods, taking a chance on this fun little loop:

Pay no attention to those pesky signs, I’m sure this is a fine place to hike alone, miles from medical help.

This trail brought me past a bog where pitcher plants were blooming:

…and there were small animals, some disturbed by my passing, including this baby porcupine which waddled along the trail ahead of me, muttering (I swear!) ’till it hung a quick left and climbed a tree:

Sorry ’bout the picture quality, but I was set up for wildflowers, with mirror lock-up, manual focus and a two second delay, and this all happened pretty quickly.

So up the tree he went:

…then off to home I headed, relaxed and smiling from a good walk in the woods.

I hope you enjoy it too!

Lady’s Slippers! May 13, 2009

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Here in New England our most common wild orchid is the pink Lady’s Slipper, Cypripedium acaule.   Here are a couple of shots of some particularly pale specimens, though I’m fairly certain they’re not white Lady’s Slipper (C. candidum: )

tall white slipper

The true white species isn’t found this far east these days, though their range used to extend at least into New York and Pennsylvania.

Besides, the hint of pink visible in this close-up seems to nail them as C. acaule :

little white-ish slipper

At any rate, they’re beautiful, dream-like additions to our Berkshire Spring wildflower scene.

Enjoy!