Exquisite Wild Orchids and Butterflies

The Lewis and Clark expedition was the first to document mountain lady’s slipper in western North America.

On a hike into the Badger Creek Wilderness I finally spotted one of the rare plants.

What an interesting wild orchid it was. A large white flower pouch with inner purple veins and a spotted bract.

Two other species of wild orchids were seen on the 16-mile hike, as were many wonderfully colored butterflies.

What would the wilderness be without the delicate flowers of orchids and the dance-like movements of butterflies?

Mountain Lady's Slipper

Mountain Lady’s Slipper


Western Sulphur Butterfly

Striped Coralroot Orchid

Striped Coralroot Orchid


Brown Elfin Butterfly

Spotted Coralroot Orchid

Spotted Coralroot Orchid


Duskywing Butterfly


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  1. I LOVE these photos, John. Yet another trail that I haven’t hiked yet. What route did you take?


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