Finding a Smile

Remember when we all talked about “Life Savors”, those ordinary things that make life special? 🙂

Some of the examples you mentioned were awesome!

I loved them so much that I compiled a list and put it here on the blog. (To see it, click on the pink heart “Life Savors” button, located in the sidebar.)

Recently, my parents moved to Cape Cod. While visiting them last week, my daughter and I discovered a breath-taking little example of a life savor in a wooded area of their yard.

One majestic Lady Slipper

As you probably already know, the Lady Slipper is a wild orchid. Wildflowers of all kinds are becoming more rare as development of the land increases. In Massachusetts, since 1935, wild orchids have been protected by a law that states in part that . . . “No person shall pull up or dig up the plant of a wild orchid, . . .”

My daughter took the picture with her cell phone, but I think you can see why it made us smile!

I hope you bump into a few “life savors” this weekend! 😀

See ya Monday!




Finding a Smile — 8 Comments

  1. Oh! That’s a lady slipper? Pretty, though I don’t see the resemblance.:)

    (and I think state law requires me to thank Ladybird Johnson, here, for making sure that even the roadsides in Texas are wildflower explosions. Yay, Ladybird!)

  2. Good Morning!
    I have never seen a wild orchid.
    I love wild flowers. Some people call them weeds. My favorite it Chickory. A little farther into summer you’ll see it all over on the side of the road, ever-blooming. I love the purple-blue flowers. I have tried to plant it in my “weed garden” that I keep for the birds, but never can get it to take off. I’ll try again this year.

    Weed Garden: A section of our land that I keep fenced to keep the dogs out. I plant birdseed and sunflowers there. I have transplanted other weeds there that flower beautifully and leave seeds for the birds to feed on, such as milk weed. Its a source of tremendous bird activity in the late summer and fall. We put fallen limbs there for critters (chipmunks) shelter. Its also where I keep the compost pile.

  3. I read the Life Savers and they all brought back such wonderful memories. I’m especially surprised by mine – they were primarily scent based. I didn’t know I valued my sense of smell so much.

  4. Oh YES! Lady Slippers are blooming in Minnesota now too. Though have not seen the showy pink yet this year. Have encountered several nice groupings and a number of pairs and singles while walking the wooded pasture trails with dog. Have still not figured out how to combine camera and photo sessions with dog walking. He is young, big and rambunctious and thinks the camera is a thing to eat. Thanks for sharing this lovely photo. Yay, Crystal’s daughter for capturing it in photo.

  5. I have 3 acres of land that I refuse to landscape. People ask me why I don’t cut down the weeds and plant flowers and make a garden. I love my wildflowers and the cute critters that live here. Not everyone wants to play in the dirt and beauty truly is in the eyes of the beholder. Today when I went out on my porch there was a lovely blue tailed skink lizard to some people they are scary but to me they are my mosquito patrol.

  6. i love lady slippers…..they’re so elegant, and i wonder if cinderella had a garden full of them!!! hope you have a great weekend! xox, :)))

  7. Oh how beautiful that lady slipper is! I’ve never seen one of those round my way!

    That was surely Mother Nature’s way of welcoming your parents to their new home! Beautiful photo! …

    I peeked into your “Life Savors” section…I loved it all! What a great idea Crystal, and thank you for including my two cents in there with the others

    …gosh, can you tell I like winter!!! xoxo Paulette

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