Sunday, June 14, 2009

On the Trail...

Usually I put a little distance between 'On the Trail...' posts but I had to post this photo of a butterfly orchid (Encyclia tampensis), one of several, growing in the huge live oak at Camp Bayou. My camera doesn't have a zoom lens and this one is at least 15 feet above me with tiny cascading yellow flowers.
One of only 2 orchids that naturally live this far north (most Florida orchids live in the deep, deep south), and poached out of most areas (collection in the wild is illegal), it is no longer a common sight in such an accessible place. Check it out before the blooming ends in early July.

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