"When photographs are as beautiful as these, they should be seen by everyone."
The Naturalist Center
National Museum of Natural History
"Lady's slippers," writes Jack Sanders author of The Secrets of Wildflowers "are among those special wildflowers whose locations are whispered only to trusted people."
Without a whisper, Jackie Bailey Labovitz began her relentless search for the rare exotic woodland orchids.
Visually scouring the forest floor, Bailey Labovitz noticed a single tightly wrapped leaf. Slowly it unfurled. Eight snow white petals stood just above an elegant bloodroot leaf. Days before she had seen the golden sharp toothed petals of a trout lily reaching for the sun. It graciously bowed a mere four inches above the leaf litter.
She approached these and other plants met by chance at their own level in their natural light. Lying flat on the ground, using a long lens, Bailey Labovitz achieved a naturalistic perspective few get to see.
The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Naturalist Center premiered her exquisite portfolio of photographs of native plants documented in her search for the secretive slippers: UNDERSTORY.
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