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Can you believe Christmas is just 5 days away?? FINALLY got all my cards posted yesterday...I know...appalling Grin

Another thing out of the way is a dental appointment yesterday morning. Just a twice-yearly cleaning and polishing but still not a fun event. I celebrated its doneness by getting myself a small rum stollen : D

Now then...today's upload is just an orchid blooming in the garden at the end of October.

I thought it could do with a crop, hence V1…but I do like the uncropped version in V2 ‘cos I like how squishy and smudgy the background turned out and there’s more of it there Grin

Went to the botanic gardens today and managed to get some interesting swan shots. Two swans doing some housekeeping. Or preparing to build a nest, maybe. Very very interesting and I was watching them for ages. Might upload them tomorrow instead of shadows. They can be Saturday Swans Grin

I don't think they're as approachable as yours, though, Sue Wink Hmm...that said, I will try to get to the water's edge the next time I'm there...and beckon them.

By the way, I just loved reading the comments in my lizard upload. Thanks for the response (and votes too), people Smile


Andrew

Camera:Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3
Lens:Pentacon 50mm f1.8
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/1.8
Aperture:f/4
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture Priority
Flash:Fill-in
White Balance:Auto
Title:Just an orchid (or two)
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:20 Dec 2013 - 4:28 PM
Tags:Flash / lighting, Flowers & plants, Orchid, Wildlife / nature
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 4:34 PM

Swans respond to bribery Andrew so take some bread with you next time.

I love the line "Now then...today's upload is just an orchid blooming in the garden at the end of October." Hah, we could never have such an orchid blooming in the garden here. Regardless, the colour is delightful, the detail fabulous and the background in a colour that matches my envy for your weather!

Last Modified By LynneJoyce at 20 Dec 2013 - 4:34 PM

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 4:34 PM

What a charming orchid, Andrew, and flowering in your garden, I'm so enviousSmile Carol

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 4:40 PM

A gorgeous color, Andrew. I love orchids and wish I had them growing here. I managed to keep a couple alive for awhile, but it is too dry and hot in the house, and too cold outdoors I guess. I just think they are so beautiful.

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Mollycat
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20 Dec 2013 - 4:42 PM

Nothing blooming in our gardens, so its good to see yours. Like you I prefer V2 it works so well. Grin Peter.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 4:47 PM

Well Andrew,fist things first.
If someone stole my rum there would be hell to pay.
And I would not care if it was only a small one either !!
Second thing,--Man up about your dental appointments will you ?
Just imagine how worse they would be getting your teeth drilled with a rusty drill !!
Third thing,--Saturday is a confusing enough day for me without adding Saturday Swans into the mix !!
And finally,--Don't use a squishy smudgy BG as an excuse to upload a V2,and stop being so lazy,and take a different shot for a V2.
And finally.finally,--Have a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year !!
Mick.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 4:48 PM

Thanks, all Smile The orchids are some my mum got for my dad a couple of months ago. Hope they bloom again before too long.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 4:49 PM


Quote: Well Andrew,fist things first.
If someone stole my rum there would be hell to pay.
And I would not care if it was only a small one either !!
Second thing,--Man up about your dental appointments will you ?
Just imagine how worse they would be getting your teeth drilled with a rusty drill !!
Third thing,--Saturday is a confusing enough day for me without adding Saturday Swans into the mix !!
And finally,--Don't use a squishy smudgy BG as an excuse to upload a V2,and stop being so lazy,and take a different shot for a V2.
And finally.finally,--Have a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year !!
Mick.

I will ponder your points carefully, Mick, as I chew on my rum stollen Smile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 4:51 PM


Quote: Swans respond to bribery Andrew so take some bread with you next time.

I love the line "Now then...today's upload is just an orchid blooming in the garden at the end of October." Hah, we could never have such an orchid blooming in the garden here. Regardless, the colour is delightful, the detail fabulous and the background in a colour that matches my envy for your weather!

I remember being able to feed the swans. Now there are signs saying please don't feed the swans as they have specific dietary requirements. Someone probably fed a Big Mac to a swan and it keeled over.

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franken
franken e2 Member 113053 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 5:26 PM

Orchids are my favourite plant Andrew and at one time we had several in the home. Sadly, they've all moved on now.

Version 1 for me.

Ken

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 430 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 5:28 PM

Gorgeous detail and you have really captured that shimmer orchids have.
Carole

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adrian_w
adrian_w e2 Member 63280 forum postsadrian_w vcard Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 5:39 PM

JUST an orchid blooming???????????????????????????
Away with you, you heretic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Orchids in bloom are NEVER " just...." They're the most wonderful of genera in all their glory....
not " just" or "only " or "merely"!! Wink

Anyway, apart from your heretical description it's a great pair of photos showing the flower in it's natural setting.
I'm jealous as I can only grow these in the house, definitely not in the garden; they wouldn't last 2 minutes here.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 5:52 PM


Quote: JUST an orchid blooming???????????????????????????
Away with you, you heretic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Orchids in bloom are NEVER " just...." They're the most wonderful of genera in all their glory....
not " just" or "only " or "merely"!! Wink

Anyway, apart from your heretical description it's a great pair of photos showing the flower in it's natural setting.
I'm jealous as I can only grow these in the house, definitely not in the garden; they wouldn't last 2 minutes here.

YES!!! I am so with you on orchids. To me they're a VERY close second to heliconias & gingers which are my primarily love. Orchids used to be No. 1. Ok fine...I guess they can both be joint favourites Grin

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SimonFletch
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20 Dec 2013 - 7:11 PM

One Stolen Rum,
Two Orchids blooming,
Three Bits of Bread...
... and foooour Drunken Swans ...
This must truly be Christmas Smile Smile Smile Smile

Orchids? I can see at least Four... in each image ...!

Simon
PS: Love the psychedelic colours of your 'just-an', Andrew, whatever it is...Wink

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bricurtis
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20 Dec 2013 - 8:27 PM

Bloomin' good Andrew.Smile
Brian.

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netta1234
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20 Dec 2013 - 8:44 PM

BeautifulSmile
NettaSmile

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AnnaBanana
20 Dec 2013 - 9:03 PM

Beautiful capture with wonderful detail Smile

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
20 Dec 2013 - 9:24 PM

Two (or one?) beautifully captured image(s). Superb colour and detail
Effrossini

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Holmewood
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20 Dec 2013 - 9:44 PM

I cannot make up my mind which one I prefer Andrew - the cropped version or the squishy smudgy background. I'm with you on dental appointments. I hate them but guess they are necessary. Loved reading all the comments. Look forward to Saturday Swans. Cathy

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20 Dec 2013 - 10:23 PM

You have these blooming in the garden! I'm slightly envious. I make do with a couple in the north window, but they haven't bloomed since I got them a couple of years ago - should probably just ignore them.

It's a beautiful capture, and I think I have a slight preference for the square crop of v1.

Anne

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2013 - 3:26 AM


Quote: One Stolen Rum,
Two Orchids blooming,
Three Bits of Bread...
... and foooour Drunken Swans ...
This must truly be Christmas Smile Smile Smile Smile

Orchids? I can see at least Four... in each image ...!

Simon
PS: Love the psychedelic colours of your 'just-an', Andrew, whatever it is...Wink

LOL...great 'Weird Al' version Wink

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21 Dec 2013 - 3:29 AM


Quote: You have these blooming in the garden! I'm slightly envious. I make do with a couple in the north window, but they haven't bloomed since I got them a couple of years ago - should probably just ignore them.

It's a beautiful capture, and I think I have a slight preference for the square crop of v1.

Anne

It depends on the orchid, actually. Most of the orchids sold here will survive and bloom here. But there are temperate orchids which won't do well here. My favourite orchids are slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum, Cypripedium, etc.) and unfortunately they prefer cool climes. They'll grow in the highlands of Malaysia, but don't do well here. I think they might be OK in airconditioned offices where they can get sunlight.

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21 Dec 2013 - 3:42 PM

A beautiful orchid Andrew, you've photographed and presented this one so expertly. It looks like Mick has given you a piece of his mind!Grin

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