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Trying to Think Like an Orchid

On the weekend a friend and I took my dog for a walk in the woods. It is the start of wildflower season in the Rockies and we counted the species of flowers that we could identify. Spotting new (to us) flowers and trying to identify them became the new purpose of our walk. While we started off on a trail, after walking along the path for a while we decided to walk off trail in search of more orchid species. We began to think like orchids, trying to predict where a good place to grow might be found, meandering along terrain features and beside creeks. At one point we both couldn’t believe how many orchids we were seeing and had to be quite careful not to disturb any growing plants. We were both walking incredibly slow and mindfully enjoying a landscape  that seemed more fit for faeries than us humans.

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