Orchids on Display

Another one that was lost in the editing shuffle. I had another macro shot of this orchid that I put on my commercial site but actually like this one better. I like the way the foliage provide a natural background for the vibrant color of the bloom.

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Orchids on Display

Orchids on Display

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Blue Heron

A few weeks ago I posted Death from Above and some people were expressing displeasure with the blue heron and called the perpetrator a nasty bird. Really it’s just the circle of life folks. But in all fairness to this beautiful bird, I thought I should show the less violent side of the blue heron, the Gecko is on its own.

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Heron

Heron

Purple Haze

If you follow this blog you know I like to take pictures of flowers but basically have no idea what most of them are. Fortunately, I have a wonderful wife who is an a fantastic gardener and reads everything. I kid her and call her (reedie). Reedie’s gotta read and I am sure she probably knows what this is. I just call it pretty. It was in the orchid room of the Selby Garden in Sarasota Florida so I am assuming it is an orchid.

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Purple Haze

Purple Haze

Plant from Space!

OK I have no idea what this plant is. It could be from Mars for all I know. I go to a garden and take pictures. MY wife and friends read the information and maybe tell me about it but when I am composing I have learned to shut out distractions. This is frequently to the displeasure of anyone that I am with. I think this is some sort of Aloe but whatever it is I find its beauty and coloration unusual.

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Plants from Space!

Plants from Space!

Red Bird

I have seen yellow Birds of Paradise bloom in many gardens and growing wild in Hawaii. I also thought they only came in yellow and white until I saw this specimen. Photographed at the Selby Gardens in Sarasota Florida during the winter Orchid Show.

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Red Bird

Red Bird

Fan Plant

I have only ever seen this plant in the tropics or in conservatories and have no idea what it is called or what type of plant it is. I do love the way it filters the sunlight. I can see having a wall of these plants in an outdoor living space providing a natural sun screen around a pool or grotto.

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Fan Plant

Fan Plant

Death from Above

I came across this scene in The Selby Gardens of Sarasota Florida during the orchid show. The blue heron was overheard saying,” I told you to shut up about that damn insurance.” I turned to my friend Jerry saying I didn’t know that herons ate geckos. I think of them as fisher birds. He replied with a shrug, “Well somebody has to eat them.”

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Death from Above

Death from Above