A Burst of Color

From the snow covered trails on the rolling hills of Maryland, to the tropical paradise of the Conservatory of Longwood Gardens. Beauty in nature from both extremes.

After a restless night, I stumbled into the car at 4:30 in the morning to reach Kennett Square to attend a photography workshop with Joshua Taylor at Longwood Gardens. As a Canon camera instructor, this workshop was to highlight the Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens.

I haven’t gotten very far into processing the images from today, but here are a few highlights. Known as the “Orchid Meadow” this large room offers tranquil waterfalls, soothing greenery and exotic orchids.


There is one beautiful area from my visit last year that I remember fondly. Alas, this year it was being set up for some type of major presentation, and the workers were busy. But at least a photo memory from last year is worth a fresh viewing.


There is a small orchid room that is filled from floor to ceiling with a wide variety of orchids. It was hard to concentrate on a single subject and to isolate it from its close neighbors. I did manage to capture a number of beautiful flowers though to brighten your day.



Once I’m completed with processing today’s images I’ll certainly share all of them with you. Hope you have a great weekend planned and may these bring you a burst of cheer. Bella

24 replies »

  1. Love Longwood Gardens and, as usual, love your photographs. I would love to get together sometimes so you can tell me how to add the widget for “Blogs I follow” so I can add it to my blogsite and add your blog there. (Joan Campbell)

    • What is your blog name? I couldn’t click on your name to find it. It depends on what theme you chose as some allow you to have side bars, others don’t.

      Go on your dashboard, then go down and select Appearance, then Widgets. It’s buried in there somewhere. You click and drag it to the right to select that option. The right menu tells you where it would end up. (right bar, left bar, bottom, etc.)

  2. And it was so cold. I thought I would perish on the walk over. It took over 5 minutes for my glasses to unfog. So that was your photog group in the orchid room? I had no idea. I got fixed on the pink Miltonias in the conservatory until we were run off by one of several 4th grade classes. Hope you had a good day.

    • You mean this is the second time that our paths have crossed and we haven’t met? Wow, too bad. The workshop was great as we got into the building by 7:15am and had it to ourselves before opening. The school groups chased me off too when they came in.

      Perhaps one day we’ll meet. BTW, did you hear/see I have a new meetup group – Feathered Friends? Got lots of fun field trips planned this year.

  3. Yeah! I made a visit to a local nursery the other day and while it wasn’t so tropically fantastic I can imagine just how you felt walking through that beautiful paradise. I can imagine the smell, the warmth, the humidity, and feel the color you’ve brought to us. I like your memory image too and how you blurred the boundaries just like a flashback, really beautiful.

    I love the Orchid pics, you’ve captured their beauty and vibrant colors awesomely. Ironically I’m catching up on your posts now as I’m trying my hand at Orchid culture and hope to visit and photograph some shows this year, maybe even botanical gardens in Chicago. You’ve given me a lot to look forward to. Orchids are splendid subjects; their colors and forms are so unique and exotic. If I may shed a bit of nerdiness…Orchids are the largest group of flowering plants in the world, the grow everywhere that a plant can grow, including in the arctic regions. Many live off of trees as epiphytes and absorb nutrients through the moisture in the air of their tropical forests, but they are not parasitic and take nothing from the tree itself. They can be found in every color but true black (for now I would imagine as Orchidists have bred hundreds of thousands of hybrids over the years). As it turns out, many of them are easier to care for (and keep alive) than a lot of us think (including myself).

    I digress, I appreciate that you gave us a fantastic close up and a group variety shot, thank you!

    Cheers to this beautiful visit of yours!

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