Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Steve Foss

Spending time with the fairy slipper (images added)

18 posts in this topic

Hey all:

Been running like crazy the last couple weeks with a couple weeks more running to come, but was able finally to locate a prime fairy slipper (calypso orchid) bloom in a cedar swamp near Bemidji. The whole plant is only 5 inches tall, and in the two loose vertical images, the top of the flower to the bottom of the stalk shown is about 3 inches.

I have been working for 4 years to find the rare and ephemeral fairy slipper in bloom, and until now something has always come between us. In this case, I had today and a bit of tomorrow to locate and shoot them, a small amount of time sandwiched between weddings, portraits, travel to other photo locations and such. I breathed a sigh of relief and reward when I finally spotted this little fella.

All with the Canon 1D Mk3 at iso800.

Canon 100 f2.8 macro, 1/15 @ f11, handheld

3593081875_c36bddc2f0_o.jpg

Canon 200 f2.8L, three Kenko extension tubes, 1/85 @ f4, handheld

3593890192_a23246809d_o.jpg

Canon 100 macro, 1/125 @ f4.5, handheld

3593890334_b39482b7d8_o.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great images, Steve. That second shot is a beauty.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cool Steve, never seen one of these. What a great find!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice stuff Steve. I have never seen one of these before, just photos.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

very nice, my daughter just said she wants to go to a cedar swamp near bemidji to find one of these

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Certainly worth the wait. Love 2 and 3. Thanks for taking the time to post your shooting info. Very helpful.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice Steve! 1/15 sec hand held! Image stabilization or not...that is one steady hand you've got.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, all. WCS, no IS on the 100 macro, but the camera was basically sitting on its side on the ground with my hands bracing it, and with that monster burst rate on the Mk3, if you trigger a burst and hold it as steady as possible, the images toward the middle of the burst tend to be sharper than those at the start and finish. Just one more technique to keep in mind.

I was there again today and found many more fairy slippers, some in clusters of three. I'll add some images of them to this post later.

Also found lots of large-flowered trillium, which I'd not photographed before. It was mighty windy out in the open, so the trillium were a challenge, but the fairy slippers, deep in that cedar swamp and hugging the swamp floor, were in calm conditions.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here are some more examples of calypso orchids from today. I found several clumps with three blooms per clump, as well as quite a few singles.

All with the Canon 30D and Canon 100 f2.8 macro. Almost all were handheld because of the combination of low-growing flowers and cramped quarters.

A discerning eye will note the warmer color temp from today's images. Aside from just liking warmer rather than cooler color temps better, I believe the latter more accurately reflected the scene than the former, and will eventually make those changes to the initial images.

iso400, 1/100 @ f8, handheld

3597017622_a4abc48747_o.jpg

iso400, 1/125 @ f6.3, handheld

3596208561_464d0e1065_o.jpg

iso400, 1/125 @ f4, handheld

3597017180_d58858b746_o.jpg

iso100, 1/50 @ f4.5, tripod, remote shutter release

3597016972_066610ffc9_o.jpg

iso400, 1/160 @f4, handheld

3596207833_532120eaf8_o.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As always, Great shots Steve! Thanx for sharing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Gorgeous Steve! All of them are.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

2nd to last photo works beyond great for me!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great find Steve! Very beautiful pics.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very beautiful smile.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Calypso Orchid aka Venus Lady Slipper! My absolute favorite wild flower. So delicate and gorgeous. Wonderful photos Steve. I haven't seen them in a few years. Thanks for the memories.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice! I really like the 3rd photo in the @nd series.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • I know you are young and all but just because an entity calls itself Politifact, that is no guarantee that they are presenting unbiased facts.    http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2013/05/28/study-finds-fact-checkers-biased-against-republicans     There are plenty of lies occurring on a regular basis from both parties and for you to not see that is only a demonstration of your own bias. 
    • Yeah it's hard to disagree with that lol... Let's make it worse, Aikmen and Buck are announcing the game  
    • Went out early in the fog this morning s of DL...it was non-stop at one of my fav spots...pic of a couple.  
    • This is false equivalency - the two are nowhere near alike.   Clinton's top 3 categories on politifact: Mostly True, True, Half True   Trump's top 3 categories on politifact: False, Mostly False, Pants on Fire.   http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/lists/people/comparing-hillary-clinton-donald-trump-truth-o-met/   Also the protesters were just following Trump's instructions:    
    • A big shout out to all of the men that had to make their own sammiches yesterday.
    • I've caught some real nice cats , big and small over the years out of the mn river, but I think buying them sounds moochos better.. Looks good big d.
    • Sounds like it could make me go back to cognac. Tried some a couple times & think you would be able to burn that 
    • Hi! I have never ice-fished and my parents are coming to visit from the east coast and told me they would love to try ice-fishing. Does anyone have any recommendations on where to go as a novice? We have no equipment and so I was not sure if this is even a realistic thing to try. Any input on where to go (not too far from Grand Forks) and if there is a place that has equipment to rent would be greatly appreciated!   Thanks! Rachel
    • I'm with ya Jim, I hope that the teams that I despise lose. But most of all, just entertain me.   Ya know it's  gonna be a Pats/Pack superbowl.......the refs will not have it any other way.
  • Our Sponsors