Orchids call up many different images to different people. Some think only of those moth orchids sold by the dozen at hardware stores, or impossibly rare and stunning natural sculptures that only grow in the undergrowth of tropical rainforests. What most people do not know is that orchids grow on every continent except Antarctica, and that American plants such as the lady's slipper or mocassin-flower are orchids. I nearly crushed to death one of my own native orchids yesterday evening while walking through an overgrown field. I had not gone into the field with the intention of finding an orchid, rather I was marvelling at the yarrow and St. John's Wort that seemed to be overtaking the whole place. My children were with me, and I was carrying my 12 month old daughter in my arms, trying to navigate through the high weeds without tripping and falling on my face So naturally I kept looking at the ground as we walked on. My oldest yelled something, and I turned around to see what the problem was and lost my footing. As I righted myself, I noticed the unmistakably delicate fringe on a short stalk of petals, and the smooth, green leaf. There in front of me was a ragged fringed orchid-all alone, no others around it. It wasn't more than 5 inches tall. The petals were a creamy yellow-green. You could imagine my horror when, back at the party, the neighbor who owns the field says to me "It'll be brush-hogged here in a few days" NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope to make a return trip by early this week and take some pictures before he gets to it. Anyone else into orchid hunting?