Big Beauty So Small 27 June 2014
Grass Pink Bog Orchid
Ruffed Grouse hen
In the Black River State Forest, the boggy pay-out is a wealth of grass pink bog orchid, genus Calopogon. The grass pink go unnoticed for most of June, and then, in the second half of the month, the bloom takes off and takes us by surprise. The bogs, wet this year and rich in ericaceous leaf out and sphagnum mosses, have been hiding this secret. Now, to the delight of polinating bees, perhaps the adoring eye of the bog's Nashville Warblers, and to the joy of this ornithologist, the green and watery expanses explode to carpets of purple, lavender, pink, and white blossoms.
All images were made with a refurbished Canon 7D, a Canon 300mm f4L IS lens, and a Gitzo Basalt tripod.