Yellow Lady Slippers
There is a native american legend about the yellow lady slippers which I have heard from a number of different sources. They call them 'moccasin' based on a legend of a woman making the ultimate sacrifice to provide medicine for her village. These wild orchids bloom for a just a short time in Kananaskis country, not far from my home in Calgary, Canada. They will not grow in a controlled environment, because of the complex relationship they have with the local fungus and woods. My orchid group does walks in the wild forest and once I saw them, I had to paint these beauties.