The scandinavian wild orchids have just started to blossom. At least some of them, like the magnificent The Lady’s Slipper Orchid (Cypripedium calceolus). In Norway it is given the name Marisko and it is among the 11 wild orchid species that are protected. And it needs this protection, because of it’s beauty people have sampled them to make a nice bouquet, or to plant them in their garden. Forestry and urbanization are other threats. In Britain this plant is so rare that the police is protecting the few remaining plants.
The Lady’s slipper is rare even in Norway, but not that rare. They are still to be found some places, and I went 200 km to find these ones, in the county of Nord-Trøndelag. I have visited them many times before, but it was well worth the trip to go again. There are many more photos of The Lady’s Slipper Orchid in my photo gallery.