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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Lady's what?

About a week ago Rosa and I (along with Ana and Rosa's brother) were hiking through a few trails in NJ's Cheesequake State Park and I managed to espy something I had not seen in a long time:


I was pretty sure what I stumbled upon was a Pink Lady's Slipper orchid.....even though (as you can see) it had not yet bloomed. So the other day I went back on my own (in the light rain) to see if it had opened and lo and behold:


The last time I saw one of these was on a camping trip in Pennsylvania. At the time I didn't know WHAT this strange thing was, but to me it looked more like this:



........than THIS:

And as a result, I used to call it a "pussy plant" for the longest time. 

It is kind of neat though that these are technically "orchids". (For more on them click here.) 

They are not actually endangered, but they are rare enough to be of some concern so if you do see one and are tempted to dig it up......DON'T! They have less than a 5% chance of surviving being transplanted. Instead......just enjoy them in the wild.....IF you can manage to find one!


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    1. Yeah, I wouldn't mind having either in my garden.

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  2. In the spirit of "fun", I'd love to get your perspective on a Rorschach test. I think you could make it absolutely hilarious!

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    1. Rorschach? Wasn't he the character in the trench coat with the morphing face mask in The Watchmen? ;-)

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  3. Orchids are often compared to the female genitalia

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    1. And in "Zack & Miri Make a Porno" Justin Long's 'Brandon St. Randy'character compared his male lover's anus to one as well.

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