A rare find… Lady Slippers. The sepals have dried up, but the slippers themselves are in fine shape. This plant was part of a large, healthy colony near a ditch. I couldn't resist taking a photograph. Like all wild orchids, these are protected by law.
On the same trip, I saw 14 bears by the highway… unlike the orchids, the bears aren't exactly rare so I didn't stop to take any pictures of them.