Wildflowers should be enjoyed unplucked where they grow.
--Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th US President
Usually at this time of year, there are Pink Lady's Slipper flowers blooming all over Buffalo Mountain. Once the smoke clears (see yesterday's post), I'll have to go check and see. The flowers above were found in my neighbor's yard on the edge of the woods. There's no way to transplant these unique-looking orchids, because they are completely dependent on a specific fungus in the soil for their survival. It's considered endangered in Tennessee, so if you find them in nature, please heed TR's advice and leave them undisturbed!