Showy Lady's Slipper (Cypripedium reginae)
The showy lady's slipper is Minnesota's state flower. It is one of 43 orchid species that grow in Minnesota. Many people, myself included, consider it the most beautiful flower in the state. Interestingly, some people get a rash from touching the leaves of this lovely orchid. After arriving early in the morning, to photograph the Lady's Slippers in the calm damp morning air, I was simply amazed at the awesome beauty in this one patch of flowers. It became even more breathtaking as I zoomed in on this single flower. Like much of Gods creation, you see more glory as you take a closer look. As I stooped down to make sure the focus was correct, I couldn't help thinking how short the time was that this blossom would live, in a matter of a few days, it would be gone and no one would be able to enjoy it again. Than I considered how short our own life is on this earth, and how it is gone so quickly. Remember to make the days count, and give thanks to our creator for each one.