June 28, 2017

Spotted Lady's Slipper (June 26th)

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

We went to see if any Anticlea elegans (Mountain Death Camas) flowers are blooming at the Grapefruit Rocks area and we encountered a huge surprise!
We found another kind of lady's slipper orchid.
When I looked up the latin name for this species of orchid, I found out that this species also grows in Japan.  But it is really rare and evaluated as a critically endangered species by Ministry of the Environment there, so they fenced its habitat in Akita prefecture in north-eastern part of Japan.
On the other hand, here, we found them right by our rig parked.

5月末にトチナイソウを見つけたGrapefruit Rocksにまた行ってみたら、これまた別のアツモリソウの仲間に遭遇しました。
これまた、とめた車のすぐ脇で予期せず発見しました。
学名を調べると、日本でも秋田県のごく一部の地域に自生するという「チョウセンキバナアツモリソウ」と同じもののようです。
 
Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium guttatum (Spotted Lady's Slipper).

June 22, 2017

Another Kind of Lady's Slipper (June 20th)

Cypripedium passerinum (Sparrow's Egg Lady's Slipper).
This species grows farther north than other Cypripedium

We went to Twelvemile Summit and Eagle Summit once again after 2 weeks had passed since we went last time.
We drove further to Central area this time, and we found this amazing orchid flower, which we have never seen before.
 
2週間前に行ったEagle SummitとTwelvemile Summitにまた行ってきました。
いろんな花が咲いていてたくさん写真を撮ってきました。まだ整理している最中なのですが、
中でも、初めて見たアツモリソウの仲間を早速、アップしてみました。
英語名を訳すと、「雀の卵アツモリソウ」…確かにちっちゃなアツモリソウの仲間でした。
 
Cypripedium passerinum (Sparrow's Egg Lady's Slipper).
It looks like a bird's egg, doesn't it?
人差し指と比較してこの小ささ。 

Cypripedium passerinum (Sparrow's Egg Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium passerinum (Sparrow's Egg Lady's Slipper).
Top sepal is covering the inside of the lip.
唇弁の中はこんなふうに背萼片で隠されています。

Cypripedium passerinum (Sparrow's Egg Lady's Slipper).
The inside of the lip looks like this.
Can you see the brownish spots?
ちょっとだけのぞき見るとこんな感じ。 

Cypripedium passerinum (Sparrow's Egg Lady's Slipper).
Some seed pods were left.
去年の種もできていました。 

Cypripedium passerinum (Sparrow's Egg Lady's Slipper).
It has lots of tiny hair.
毛深い感じがいかにも北方系な感じ… 

Cypripedium passerinum (Sparrow's Egg Lady's Slipper).
こんな感じで群生しているところもありました。 

Cypripedium passerinum (Sparrow's Egg Lady's Slipper).

Cypripedium passerinum (Sparrow's Egg Lady's Slipper).
Quite a few of them were forming patches. 

Cypripedium passerinum (Sparrow's Egg Lady's Slipper).
The most amazing thing is the place where they grow.
They were blooming right by the road!
まさか道路脇に咲いているなんて…一番最初に見つけた個体は、
車のタイヤのすぐ脇に咲いている一輪でした。 

Platanthera obtusata  
(Blunt-leaved Orchid or Northern Small Bog Orchid).
こんな小型のランも近くに咲いていました。 

Platanthera obtusata  
(Blunt-leaved Orchid or Northern Small Bog Orchid).


June 21, 2017

Angel Rocks (Part 2) (June 13th)

  
Papaver macounii (Macoun's Poppy).

Here is the second bunch of the pictures taken on our hike at Angel Rocks.

 Angel Rocksの第2弾。
稜線上に並ぶ巨岩の周りには高山植物が咲き乱れていました。

Arnica griscomii ssp. frigida (Snow Arnica or Frigid Arnica).

Anemone narcissiflora (Narcissus-flowered Anemone)?

Anemone narcissiflora (Narcissus-flowered Anemone)?








Bupleurum americanum (American Thorow Wax).

You can find many kinds of wild flowers by these huge rocks.

Arnica griscomii ssp. frigida (Snow Arnica or Frigid Arnica).

Papaver macounii (Macoun's Poppy).

Papaver macounii (Macoun's Poppy).

Papaver macounii (Macoun's Poppy).

Minuartia macrocarpa ("Longpod Stichwort).
ミヤマツメクサ。 

Papaver macounii (Macoun's Poppy) and  
Arnica griscomii ssp. frigida (Snow Arnica or Frigid Arnica).

Minuartia macrocarpa ("Longpod Stichwort).


The lichens were covering the ground near the top of the area.

Oxytropis nigrescens var. nigrescens 
 (Blackish Oxytrope or Purple Oxytrope).




Arnica griscomii ssp. frigida (Snow Arnica or Frigid Arnica).

Viola biflora (Arctic Yellow Violet or Yellow Wood Violet). 

Papaver macounii (Macoun's Poppy).

Viola biflora (Arctic Yellow Violet or Yellow Wood Violet). 

Arnica griscomii ssp. frigida (Snow Arnica or Frigid Arnica).


Rhododendron tomentosum or Ledum palustre
(Marsh Labrador Tea or Narrowleaf Labrador Tea)
and Canadian Tiger Swallowtail.

Rhododendron tomentosum or Ledum palustre
(Marsh Labrador Tea or Narrowleaf Labrador Tea).


Rubus chamaemorus (Cloudberry).
ホロムイチゴ…山吹色の実がなります。 

釣りの許可証みたいなのも手に入れたので、
花探しが落ち着いたら釣りにも挑戦したいと思います。