Montag, 10. Juni 2013

Cypripedium calceolus - Gelber Frauenschuh - lady's-slipper orchid

OK, ladies, what about some new slippers?
Lady's slippers in the fresh springtime colour yellow!?!?!

I've a special offer for you: some pretty nice Yellow Lady's slippers not every woman has in her shoe cabinet at home... ;-)

 No idea what size of shoe you have, but I hope you like the model I've chosen for you...

It's neither from Manolo Blahnik nor from Jimmy Choo, I found these yellow lady's slippers in "my" nature reserve where I found many of our other native orchids as well.

By the way: you cannot order them from Amazon or from Zalando... ;-)

What might be especially interesting for you:
 they are really rarely, so not available for everybody!

Who wants to wear the same slippers like the neighbours!?

At four different hidden spots in the nature reserve I found distributions of Cypripedium calceolus; sometimes just two plants, sometimes even a whole bunch of lady's slippers.

 These two photos are documenting the most fertile place of discovery where I saw more than 15 blossoms of this species at one spot.

At the end of my shooting...

...a sunbeam broke through the canopy of leaves and threw nice light spots on the orchids "shoes".

Last but not least somebody shot even the orchid hunter with his Olympus rifle and a his favourite close-up lense and monopod as ammunition.

 That's the one and only type of weapon I use in nature (and everywhere else) to shoot my objects of desire... ;-)

I hope you liked my trip through this special shoe shop... ;-)


  1. what a delicate and precious find... so beautiful! Thank you for sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro:-)

  2. Those are so pretty!! I hope I could see those one day!!

    Have a great week Uwe!!

  3. such dainty flowers - I like the cute guy with the camera too!

  4. What wonderful beauty in the wild! And adored your commentary on each photo!

  5. These are an orchid... and was surprised to see their habitat in USA is Illinois? That gets cold - I'd think a warmer climate wood be needed. Perhaps the info was incorrect. Either way, a nice presentation here!

  6. What a beautiful orchid! I have never encountered this one before. Love the little slipper! That is wonderful!

  7. Beautiful and so unusual

    Have a fantabulosa week :-)

  8. Anonym11/6/13

    Very cool!

  9. Thanks a lot, pumps (ladies) and sport shoes (gents) for your walk through my special shoe shop.

    I took the lady's slipper orchids approx. 10 days ago in a small nature reserve in the north of the German state Baden-Wuerttemberg. If you copy the Latin name of this rare orchid and google it together with the country or region where you life, you might get an information about locations with distribution of this species as well - or any other native orchid. But please be careful not to trample two of the orchids you haven't seen while you took a photo of another one.
    And now go out hunting you own native orchids with your camera!

  10. Very nice! I like that you added the shot of you at the end.

    Rhonda @Laugh Quotes and Kibitz Spot

  11. Beautiful! My mom has pink lady slippers, they are so delicate and dainty.

  12. A unique shoe shop. :)

  13. Beautiful, I would definately go for the yellow shoes, Uwe!
    Nature can be so süss!
    I wonder if raindrops can fill in the shoes when it rains... That would be quite a scene!
    Cheers my friend!

  14. Those slippers are interesting and unique. Some insects can enter into it,I wonder.They are taller than I thought.
    Have a nice day!

  15. How fortunate you were to come across those rare flowers! The colors of them remind me of your national flag. Your pictures are so beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  16. @ sapphire: You don't find these species accidentally when strolling through the forest. You know the name and the location of the nature reserve where they might flourish. For the precise place of finding you normally should get an inside tip - or you are already an insider... :-)

    @ Sarah: Last year I found a little green spider in one of the shoes! Here's the link to my last year's post:

    @ Márcia: No idea what happens if it rains. But we had heavy rain for nearly two days before I took the photos, and I didn't find one little lake in one of the shoes. Obviously there's a mechanism to let the water run out again.

    To all the others: Thanks a lot for stopping by and leaving some pleasant words!


  17. A pair of yellow slippers for Arrietty (of The Borrower Arrietty), please! But she won’t be able to find which is hers among so many identical ones. Well, I really enjoyed your pleasant narratives and photography. Thank you for letting us see such rare species.


  18. Anonym12/6/13

    Very nice shots!! they seem similar to a type of orchid that I have seen in the Caribbean.

    If you have not done so yet, we would love to have you come share/link via our WWHop:
    Happy Wordless Wednesday!

  19. Very beautiful shots of a lovely flower indeed, a fantastic way to spend some quality time in nature... getting up close and personal!


  20. Yes, please, those slippers are welcome anytime!

  21. Beutiful yellow slippers :)

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