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Just an orchid (or two)

By ChiliMan
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

Tags: Orchid Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

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LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 4:34PM
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!

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CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
20 Dec 2013 4:34PM
What a charming orchid, Andrew, and flowering in your garden, I'm so enviousSmile Carol
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
20 Dec 2013 4:40PM
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.
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 4:42PM
Nothing blooming in our gardens, so its good to see yours. Like you I prefer V2 it works so well. Grin Peter.
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
20 Dec 2013 4:47PM
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.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
20 Dec 2013 4:48PM
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.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
20 Dec 2013 4:49PM

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
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
20 Dec 2013 4:51PM

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.
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
20 Dec 2013 5:26PM
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
CaroleS Plus
6 421 3 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 5:28PM
Gorgeous detail and you have really captured that shimmer orchids have.
Carole
adrian_w Plus
9 3.6k 4 Scotland
20 Dec 2013 5:39PM
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.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
20 Dec 2013 5:52PM

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
20 Dec 2013 7:11PM
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
bricurtis Plus
11 2.0k 49 England
20 Dec 2013 8:27PM
Bloomin' good Andrew.Smile
Brian.
netta1234 Plus
4 354 2 Wales
20 Dec 2013 8:44PM
BeautifulSmile
NettaSmile
AnnaBanana 10 119 1 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 9:03PM
Beautiful capture with wonderful detail Smile
20 Dec 2013 9:24PM
Two (or one?) beautifully captured image(s). Superb colour and detail
Effrossini
20 Dec 2013 9:44PM
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
AnneWorner 8 620 43 United States
20 Dec 2013 10:23PM
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
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
21 Dec 2013 3:26AM

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
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
21 Dec 2013 3:29AM

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.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
21 Dec 2013 3:42PM
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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