Two Staghorn Sumac blossoms add their red colour to the bright orange foliage of Autumn leaves in the maple forests of the Haliburton Highlands in Ontario, Canada.
Taken with a Canon Digital Rebel using an 18-55mm lens.
Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) is a small deciduous tree that can grow to heights of 10 meters (30+ feet). It is a member of the Anacardiaceae or Cashew family, and is a native to eastern North America. The staghorn sumac can be found growing naturally from the Ontario and Quebec provinces of Canada south to northern Georgia and Mississippi in the United States. The most identifiable feature of the staghorn sumac are its bright red conical blooms of densely packed red drupes which grow from the terminal ends of the branches.
A close-up image of a group of Pink Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium acaule) orchids in a brightly sunlit forest.
Captured in Neys Provincial Park in on the shores of Lake Superior in northern Ontario; using a canon XSi.
Cypripedium acaule is a member of the orchid genus Cypripedium. Members of this genus are commonly referred to as lady’s slipper orchids. In Canada and other regions of North America, the Pink Lady’s Slipper is also known as the Mocassin Flower due to the resemblance of it’s blossom to native american footwear. First described in 1700, Cypripedium acaule is commonly referred to as the Pink Lady’s Slipper. The Pink Lady’s Slipper is the provincial flower of Prince Edward Island, Canada. In Nova Scotia, Canada it is considered endangered and is protected by law.
If the plant’s blossom does not cycle through, it will not regenerate; for this reason, it is recommended that the flower not be picked.