When most folks think of orchids they usually have in mind the large, showy orchids from tropical climes or perhaps temperate region lady slippers which are also quite showy. However, in temperate regions there are a number of orchids which are small and rather inconspicuous. These have their own "personalities" nevertheless. A case in point is the genus Spiranthes (common name: Nodding Ladie's Tresses). While wandering (and wondering) through a local woods yesterday I ran across over 100 of these tiny orchids, just beginning to flower. In the first photo I shot with some depth of field in order to clarify some of the habitat in which these plants grow and the plant habit with the spiraled arrangement of flowers. The second photo is a closeup of the very tiny flowers. Note the flowers and the stalk are quite fuzzy so these are not oversharpened intentionally. Not awfully interesting but perhaps educational. THINK SMALL!