Friday, May 20, 2005

Ladies Tresses Orchid

I chanced upon a wild orchid yesterday: Spriranthes praecox, Grass-leaved Ladies Tresses. I was walking through an old pasture near the Santa Fe River in Alachua County and found 2 flowering individuals. Had I not been pressed to leave for a meeting in Gainesville I would have explored for more.

Thats the way life's little treasures are sometimes. You get to enjoy them for the briefest of moments, and then you must part with them, only to hold them forever after in your memory because your camera now lives on the backseat floorboards of your wife's automobile.

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