This past weekend I took a drive to Coopers Rock state forest in search of the elusive Pink Lady's Slipper orchid. In previous years, I had found the orchids just below the handicap parking sign of off the large parking lot. I was disappointed that there wasn't a single one.
I drove on to the head of the trail that leads down to the Henry Clay iron furnace. It was here that I had hoped to catch the Rattlesnake Plantain orchid in flower. Go figure, I didn't see a single one this time of the year. What I did see, however, was a lovely stand of Pink Lady's Slippers. I had a field day with my camera there.
I seem to have captured them at their peak.
Another plant that I recognized is the Halberd-leaved Violet (Viola hastata):
I also took this shot of a pair of mushroom growing out of some moss:
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