In 2012, a blogger friend told me about a delightful discovery that I might be able to find - if I looked in the right place, at the right time. This was the fourth year we tried to find his delight, and when we found it, we were very delighted. Thanks, Bob.
Maybe a little drum roll inserted here. It is an orchid. Quite rare. Found in an easy to reach, very public place.
It is the Shining Ladies' Tresses! Spiranthes lucida is the smallest, earliest blooming, and least abundant Ladies' Tresses. It is a saffron-lipped beauty.