This is one of my very favorite flowers.
The hard leathery leaves are evergreen and are just as green under the snow in the winter.
The Purple-fringed Orchids are also blooming now. They can be found along the road in the wet ditches. I photographed this one right by Handberg’s Marine.
And back in the bog, this little Lincoln’s Sparrow was chipping up a storm. He was riled up about something as you can see by his raised crown. I think there was probably a nest close by with little sparrows ready to fledge. Look at his cute little foot exposed in the branches.
The Lincoln’s Sparrow can be distinguished from other Sparrow’s by the buffy wash and the fine black streaks on it’s breast. This sweet little Sparrow has a beautiful song and that’s the best way to i.d. this bird.