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Orchid Beauty


Your grasses up north are as blue as jade,
Our mulberries here curve green-threaded branches;
And at last you think of returning home,
Now when my heart is almost broken….
O breeze of the spring, since I dare not know you,
Why part the silk curtains by my bed?

Du Fu

These and many more orchid images are available for purchase on my smugmug website. Click on the image below to link through.

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    • Oh and you know the scents, and sounds one has in the hot house. The depth of the wet soil, the humid air from the plants, the light fragrances from the foliage and flowers. Time to take a deep breath.

  1. I love Orchids! A bit of a newbie enthusiast myself and find them to be great subjects as well. Are these Orchids of yours or?

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful flowers. There are so many different kinds and colors I don’t think you can ever get enough.

    Well done!

    I love the sharp contrast you captured and the droplets on the first pale yellow Phal!

    • Oh I suck at growing orchids. No, these were found at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. Arboretums are the best place to discover them. I actually used the 100-400mm lens to capture them. It’s easier to get to them within the display.

      • Well they’re beautiful! Orchids are a bit easier to grow than most people think, at least that’s what I’m learning. My problem was always that I over-watered them. They want to be moist not wet.

        That lens takes some really sharp photos. I have a 100mm right now and my next buy will be a telephoto though I haven’t decided just what yet.

  2. About to put up some pics from the Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Exhibit I went to over a week ago (now that my computer and I are friends again).

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