It was two years since I have seen the lady-slippers orchids in the woods, when I went there two weeks ago. In Scandinavia we have only one kind of lady-slippers (Cypripedium calceolus), but almost 35 different wild orchids all together, at least in Norway. Many Norwegians don’t know we have wild orchids. They believe they live only in the tropics, and not all that close to the arctic. And many species are not easy to notice, because the flower can be quite small. But not this one. Our biggest orchid is also an endangered species and therefore protected.
Most of our orchids like calcareous and fertile soil, so in this wood there are also other flowers, like the Lily of the valley, a lot of them. It was a bit late in the season for them, but still I got to experience the nicest scent from these beauties.
While walking around in the forest photographing plants (that includes some crawling) I heard some noise high above. It was a red squirrel trying to find out what was going on. I just used my 100 mm macro to get his picture, so it is cropped. But at least I had a nice encounter. There are some more photos in my wild orchid photo gallery.