I saw this orchid on the Lowry Falls Trail near the Hiawassee River in Tennessee. This was a short, easy trail along the banks of a little stream that lead to a waterfalls. It featured some impressive limestone rock formations. You have to park across the road and walk to the trailhead on the road, but it's well worth the short walk of less than 2 miles round trip. Even though this trail is located on a busy road, I didn't get the impression too many people do this hike. Most of the people seemed to be heading to the whitewater rafting outfitters.
|Cranefly orchid |
(the stunningly beautiful purple underside)
|Cranefly orchid leaf|
(taken in April on the Approach Trail near Amicalola Falls)