Take only photos and memories

Lady Slipper – Oil Creek State Park

Last weekend I had the privilege of visiting another state park, Oil Creek State Park in Oil City, PA. On the trail to Pioneer Waterfall we saw this beautiful flower in bloom, Lady Slipper. At first I decided to leave my camera in my backpack rather than stop to drag it out. But others had stopped and a lady there encouraged me to take a moment to photograph it. This was the only photo I got because on the way back we discovered someone had picked the blooms. I was so sad, disappointed, disgusted, irate . . . . you name it! We all were upset.

Please folks, when out in nature, only take away photos and memories. Only leave your footprint.

~ melissa michelle

2 thoughts on “Take only photos and memories

  1. Laura F

    Spectacular! I absolutely love our native orchids, from showy specimens like the lady slippers to oddities like the Cranefly that blend into the background. And you are so right: please don’t remove plants from the wild, especially parks! Now these plants must wait an entire year for a chance to set seeds, and no one else gets to enjoy their beauty. If you have a smartphone, you have a camera! No, most of us can’t take photos as good as Melissa, but that’s no excuse to remove things from the wild. Snap some photos and be on your way!

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