Lady-Slipper Hike

The title sounds rather strange, but don’t worry: the hike wasn’t actually littered with lady’s shoes, it just had some lady’s slippers flowers along it. Okay good, we got that cleared up. 🙂

Of course I took many pictures when we went on the aforementioned trail with my aunt, who kindly offered to show us the lady slippers.

When we first got to the path, there were about twenty butterflies – mostly tiger swallowtails – sitting all in a clump, maybe eating or drinking something. We didn’t even notice them until we walked right up to them and they exploded and flew away. It was AMAZING to see! Since I didn’t know they were there the first time, I didn’t get pictures then, but later we waited for the butterflies to come back and a few did. But only a few – not nearly as many as we had scared off before. Oh well, at least I got pictures of those few!

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This is a bee on a lupine flower. In the second picture you can sort of see the bee’s proboscis… I think.

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Pretty lupine leaf…

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And the stars of the hike – I present the lovely ladies’ slippers. 🙂 (Click on any picture in the collage to enlarge it.)

Spring + Hike + Camera = Flower Pictures

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I like the shape of these leaves.

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I edited this picture to make it look more like a fairy hotel. Isn’t it magical-ish? XD

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We found this weird but pretty metallic green beetle.

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And last, a simple picture of forest floor.

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I hope you enjoyed the virtual walk! It was quite fun, and it was easy hiking compared to the trails I went on for my birthday, but… that’s a post for another day. 😀 Which was your favorite picture?

***Allison***

P. S. You know that riddle that I asked you a long time ago about what word has all five vowels in it? Lots of you actually came up with answers that fit the riddle, but none of you thought of the word I was thinking of! (I guess it wasn’t a very good riddle if it had so many answers. :/ Oh well, it was fun!) The word I was thinking of was… sequoia! In case you don’t know, a sequoia is a type of tree that grows to be ginormously tall – kind of like a redwood. And with that, I leave you. 🙂

 

 

 

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31 thoughts on “Lady-Slipper Hike

    1. Heh. Heh. Ha. Ha. Veeeerry funny, Rutvi – you sound like my dad. XD XD XD Thanks, Rutvi! Ooh yeah, azaleas are really neat flowers! They remind me of some exotic hibiscus plant or something.

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    1. Thank you, Clara! I know! Christian Homeschooler said that she found a beetle like that once and it was a spotted green tiger beetle. It’s so pretty – but also kind of creepy. XD

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  1. Great pictures, Allison!! Ooh, I know what the butterflies where doing!! If there’s a puddle, they’ll come drink the mud to gather nutrients. There is really no way to put that that makes it sound any less weird. And the cool shaped leaves are tulip poplar leaves. We have them where I live, too. Their blooms kind of look like tulips. Hope that helped!!

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    1. Thank you, Bella! And thanks for the fun facts! 🙂 Yes, that’s what I have heard about butterflies. Sometimes they even gather around… ahem, manure on our farm. Blech! XD There was a sort of wet or sticky spot on the gravels where they were gathered, so they must have been drinking or eating something there. Ooh, thanks! That’s what my aunt thought, but she wasn’t quite sure. I LOVE tulip tree blooms! 😀 Thanks again!

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  2. Wow!!! Cooool pictures!!! 🙂 I love how on the first one of more than one butterfly…if that makes sense,….that they were all like different sizes!!! 🙂 😀 I Just LOOOVED the pictures!:D 🙂 So much fun!! 😛

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  3. Oooh, lovely pictures! I really like the pictures of the butterflies. I sometimes try to get pictures of butterflies, but they usually fly away or it’s hard to see the butterfly in the photo because I don’t have a large optical zoom on my camera.
    I also like a lot those pictures of the green beetle. I actually took a picture of that kind of beetle for Megan’s BIBPC. I found out it was a spotted green tiger beetle! 🙂
    ~Christian Homeschooler

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    1. Thank you, Christian Homeschooler! Yes, I agree – sometimes it can be really hard to get pictures of butterflies! Ooh, thanks, and thanks for telling me what kind the beetle was!

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        1. Aww, thanks! I got some even better photos of a tiger swallowtail yesterday that I think you’ll like. 😉 They were more close-up than the ones in this post. I’ll do a post with those pictures… uh, sometime. XD Hopefully soon. Yes, it WAS so neat!

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