I was walking in a little woodland two Springs ago when I came across this tiniest of Wildflowers.
There was a small little group along the path, and not knowing what exactly I had stumbled upon, I
was immediately taken in by the delicate, tender sweetness of their being.
The blossom is about the size of a small button, and seemed very Orchid-like to me, but I had
to do a bit of research before discovering what it might be called. In the process of
learning her name, I realised also that I had stumbled upon a rare wildflower...an
endangered species of our Northwoods.
Ram's Head Lady's-Slipper
I think it is important that when we approach any Wildflower, that we do so with
reverence and respect, and with an understanding that all Wildflowers are capable
of becoming endangered (or extinct) if we do not take care properly. And that
we teach our children and everyone we meet along the way to do the same. It is often a
delicate balance in which Wildflowers are able to grow and thrive, and there are many
ways to enjoy Wildflowers without having to "own" them, so to speak. By not picking
blossoms or digging up plants we help to ensure their future and offer them the
respect and appreciation they deserve. This latest Fairy shares a deep message for
this reverence, for her survival and the survival of the sacred plant she tends depends upon it.
|The Ram's Head Lady's-Slipper Fairy|