Recently, I took a long overdue stroll through a local South Florida nursery. I wasn’t expecting to take photos — this was supposed to be a quick trip to pick up some vinca for some of the pots in the backyard.
When I arrived, though, the hibiscuses — ruffled and puckered — were putting on a fashion show, each one trying to grab my attention. Fortunately, I had my iPhone 6 camera with me and a steady hand.
I’m not sure if orchids have a season, but they’re in full bloom all around South Florida. I recently went on a garden tour, hosted by a local gardening club. Because of the climate here, most gardeners tie their orchids to trees. In time, the roots attach themselves to the trunks and then . . . bloom — an explosion of color. These are a few of the beauties I spotted along the way.
In my garden, I’ve also attached orchids to trees — close to the house ( which helps to keep them safe from iguanas) so I can enjoy them while I’m inside and looking out of the windows. This is a scorpion orchid, a gift from friends, and it’s flowering for the first time.
And Now For Something Completely Different
One day, I thought I’d have some fun with one of the spotted orchids by photographing it in black and white. Then, I played with the filters, adjusting the contrast. In the end I was treated to a sort of floral Rorschach test.
I think I see a bald eagle getting ready to do an interpretive dance. What do you see?