An Early June Swamp Walk

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Fungus on a rotting log

This story is a continuation of my 5/24/13 post “Northern White Cedar Swamps, Late May”. At that time the swamp was just coming to life and Goldthread was the signature wildflower in full bloom.

Less than two weeks later, Goldthread was still prominent, but only as shiny, dark green, 3-parted leaves scattered about in the Sphagnum moss. In early June, the sequence of bloom featured Violet, Starflower and Wild Lily-of-the-valley, all very common. I was also very fortunate to find something that has been on my search list for a couple of years: a beautiful orchid in bloom, a species that is uncommon, if not rare – Yellow Lady’s Slipper.

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Violet (Viola spp.)

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Starflower (Trientalis borealis)

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Wild Lily-of-the-valley or Canada Mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

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Yellow Lady’s Slipper (Orchis Family; Cypripedium calceolus)

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In most eastern states, the future of the Yellow Lady’s Slipper (all species and forms) is a matter of concern. Depending on the variety and location, status classification commonly falls into a category of “endangered, threatened, exploitably vulnerable, unusual, special concern, rare”, etc. Illegal and indiscriminate collecting, habitat loss, deer browsing, and even overly zealous nature lovers and photographers all contribute to the uncertain future of this lovely species.

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Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

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5 thoughts on “An Early June Swamp Walk

      • Thanks Norm! I’m really pleased that you followed up and found that post – I knew you would relate and enjoy. After all, you’re the one that introduced me to these CNY swamps (and the 18 inch rubber boots needed to navigate them).

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