Calypso Orchid

As you go deep in the forest of Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, the trees become thicker, denser, and the colors become slightly more muted, since the sun has a harder time reaching the ground. This doesn’t stop small, delicate spots of color from appearing, however.

For example, the small, delicate calypso orchid, which is the most magnificent color purple you can possibly imagine, makes its appearance from time to time. Growing to just a few inches tall, this orchid nonetheless shines like a beacon, especially if an errant ray of sun strikes it just right–provided you know exactly where to look.

This orchid, while not uncommon, is endangered in forests of Rocky Mountain National Park. It does not transplant at all, due to its symbiotic relationship with the very soil it chooses to grow in, and if you are lucky enough to see one, it is best left alone. Perhaps, one day, it will be able to make a complete recovery, but at least for the time being, it’s beauty remains for all.

Beauty is all around us, all the time, if only one knows where to look.

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