Rare Orchids at Cedars

Geology, elevation and climate combine to give you a unique personal nature experience as you hike down to Cedars’ rare wild orchids.

We discovered the Spring Orchids (Epipactis gigantea) at Cedars in fall of 2011, and confirmed them in May of 2012.  The two hiking routes to the abundantly covered orchid hillsides traverse diverse habitats.
In June and July, birds sing while we orchid-watch — Rufous-sided Towhees in duet with their three-notes across the creek;   Blue-gray gnatcatchers flit among the junipers and sumac;   and Ravens chat in the tall junipers.

"Little flower, but if I could understand what you are, root and all in all, I should know what God and man is."  -  Tennyson

Colwell Cedars Retreat

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