So, when I got the email that they were in bloom, all plans were changed. Off I went with spouse and a friend, on short notice, to an isolated fen in the Finger Lakes. All I will add is that I was thankful for having a friend who trusted to share the location with me, and for my LaCrosse rubber boots.
To me, Showy Lady's Slippers ( Cypripedium reginae ) have a personality that is regal and the name in latin reflects that as reginae, a Queen . So, I first explored that aspect in a composition.
There is also, as I said, a sensuous nature to the Queen. So, I shaded the blooms for a softer image.
I can easily spend hours exploring the nature of this wild orchid. In soft diffuse light they are tender and in brilliant light they are noble.
But I am also aware that my companions only find mild amusement at my lying on the wet ground, as they drift away to explore a bit and await me. Next spring I will again anticipate another visit with the Queen.