Variety is the spice of my life. Which may in part explain why I have been married three times and engaged twice more.
I’m always seeking new experiences, so I seldom return to trails that I hiked recently. But only 12 days ago I hiked the Spring Brook Loop Trail, finding “Fields of Flowers,” including the rare and beautiful coralroot orchid.
And my love of that flower drove me to return today. When I saw the coralroot on my previous hike, it wasn’t yet in bloom, and several people I showed my photo to doubted if it was a coralroot. I wanted to prove to myself that what I saw and photographed was indeed a coralroot orchid.
Before it blooms it looks very much like a colorful asparagus stalk. Since I an re-reading Euell Gibbons’s 1962 bible of the environmental movement called “Stalking the Wild Asparagus,” I came naturally to stalking a wild orchid today.
I had read that deer like to nibble on the coralroot, and I have seen deer at least twice near where I found it. So I wasn’t confident that I would find a coralroot in bloom today, the first time I ever went out in search of an individual plant.
You can therefore imagine my joy when I found a whole stand of coralroot orchids just where I remembered them. I went wild with photographing them, and the only problem was selecting the one photograph I want to share:
Returning to the Spring Brook Loop Trail today was no hardship. It remains one of my favorite hikes because it’s not rocky and this 5-mile loop is just steep enough to give me a good workout.
Millions of other flowers are also in bloom. Even the yucca:
I’m learning that I can go back to trails that I have hiked and find something new each time. Wildflowers are as ephemeral as they are beautiful.