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Deanne Flouton

Massachusetts

Pink Lady's Slipper

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Art: Pink Lady's Slipper by Artist Deanne Flouton
The Pink Lady's Slipper aka Stemless Lady's Slipper or Moccasin Flower, can be found in the eastern third of the US and north into Canada in a wide variety of environments.  It is usually found in pine forests, and it was under a pine tree where I first discovered it in a small colony on my property years ago.  For some reason the colony vanished (most likely because of the deer) and it wasn't until this past Spring that this beauty popped up at the edge of the parking area, and much to my surprise out in the open and not in a shady spot where it normally resides.  

I quickly photographed it before (I was sure) that it would reach its demise once discovered by the deer that constantly roam the area.  It actually lasted about a week and although I was tempted to transplant it to a protected area, I knew that these orchids are very difficult to grow in a garden and do not often survive transplantation, although when I was a teenager I remember transplanting some yellow Lady's Slipper into my mom's garden where they thrived for years amongst the iris, poppies and phlox.  Still, this pink beauty brought a smile to my face and happiness for a time.  I hope that it will emerge again next year, but chances are, that if it does return, it won't be for a couple of years as I believe that they are biennials.

The image was digitally painted in Studio Artist using a variety of dry brushes and techniques, with some post processing in PS for optimization.

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