Calypso bulbosa and associates, Banff National Park, mid-June

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I have a dream - or rather two (at least): 1) to find a clump of Calypso bulbosa in the woods (it is extremely rare in Norway, a little commoner in Sweden); and 2) establish a little clump in my own woodland!

Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Thanks, all--this was a very short and impromptu stop-there was road work going on nearby, and so the little booth to check park passes (of drivers heading from Lake Louise along the Icefields parkway toward Jasper)was temporarily ( I think) stuck at this little roadside pullout, so we drove along this very short road, which we might not otherwise have done; driving in, I saw some pinky purple something on the edge of the gravel at the mouth of the road (turned out to be a great little pea--Astragalus or similar), and then farther on, I saw flashes of such bright pink in the edge of the woods that my first thought was that there was some plastic garbage blown in there!
Needless to say I requested a stop, ran back to see the pea and the pink turned out to be this fantastic orchid!
Lori, this was just the end of May, but I imagine there could be a couple weeks variation in bloom time depending on snow melt, plus this was likely an extra sunny/early spot. We didn't get any farther off the  road there, but did go in a bit at Hector Lake not too far away, and I did see some tantalising things in bud, seemed early there to see much...
Trond--I've been hoping for a seedpod on this one plant I have found near my house (historically, I knew several small patches on the farm, but have not been able to find any plants in any of them on moving back here), but I think it may be too far from any other flowering plants--no seeds in the last few years..
here's an album from that day in the woods on the farm behind my house:
Its very funny, this album from May 26 shows spring flowers, as does May 30, and May 28 shows gree trees along the road-- May 29 shows a snowstorm, and everything is white!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F;


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