Normally, I attempt to post a picture that shows something at its peak of perfection.
I am willing to make an exception. It is, after all, the Giant Helleborine. This flower is one of our local wild orchids, but one that I have not managed to see for eight years. Yesterday, I was told of hundreds of them having bloomed a week ago along the lakeshore. So today, I headed out to see them. They were there, as claimed, but were now past their prime.
Ah well, it is the Giant Helleborine, I now know where to look for it next year.
These are a few of the many Giant Helleborines that were spotted along the lakeshore.
One of the flowers looked a tad bedraggled.
As a reference, I include a shot I took in 2010. Maybe next year, I can capture this orchid again.