We decided that this was our next "challenge". Upon doing some research I came up empty handed because apparently, the location of ghost orchids is very secretive information. I even found out that there is an Orchid Mafia in South Florida that feels it is their duty to protect these locations from orchid thieves. During my research, I narrowed our search locations down to Fakahatchee Strand, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, and Big Cypress. So basically the entire Everglades. I cannot divulge details but we eventually found out where to go.
We set out this past Thursday morning knowing we were in for a very wet hike. Once we got to the bog the water was waist deep.
Our "tour guide" told us what to keep our eyes out for but even then they can still be difficult to find. We found our first one after just a few minutes.
First Ghost Orchid of the Day
They are truly spectacular flowers! I have seen many tropical, bright colored orchids but these are just incredible. They are so delicate and detailed. We realized we wanted to see many more. After a few more minutes of searching around the swamp, we found another!
In all, we spent a few hours in this bog searching for ghost orchids and were lucky enough to find 10! Here are some more photos:
The only information I can give you if you want to see one for yourself is to head to the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary where they have a super ghost orchid plant on a tree visible from their boardwalk. If you click the previous link, they keep their page updated on when it is blooming.