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The Amherst Orchid Show… February 22, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, macro photos.

…albeit in Northampton,  Massachusetts.

Amherst orchid show

Go figure.

This was a nice date – Susan loves (and grows) orchids!

Anyway, all of these shots are hand-held, hence the soft focuses in most cases, with available light.  And because the natural light was quite subdued, I needed to boot the ISO to between 1000 and 3200; hence the graininess.  Sorry, but I wasn’t comfortable setting up a tripod at this one.  Too much of a sense of entitlement for this amateur.  Maybe some day I’ll get over that.

But of the sixty or so shots I took, here are a few which were salvageable, mostly by cropping:

star orchid (my name for it)

This one had me breathing hard:

wingfed orchid

I apologise for not getting her name – I was having enough trouble remembering my own!

Susan has a fondness for the large pink and purple and white ones, but I like them little and different and beautiful and amazing.  And I told her so.   😉

These grew in large clusters and were very fragrant:

purple and white

…while these grew singularly, each one an island of color nestled in amidst a swell of sea-grass:

orange orchid

I liked that one a lot.  I tend to like the ones which look like a very lucky person might stumble across them in the local forest, rather than the exotic looking ones.

These were nice though, despite being showy in that exotic way:

pink things

And this one took my breath away:

frilled lily

It looks like a magical version of the Lady’s Slippers we have locally, though they’re becoming less common by the year.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I enjoyed photographing them.

That’s it for now; I might have more cleaned up for you later.

Peace, Out.



1. sylvia - February 22, 2009

They’re all breathtaking! You did it again, CR! Master Photographer #1 Thanks for sharing the beauty, can always use that on a chilly, gray afternoon!.

2. pidomon - February 22, 2009

wow great pics! thanks for bringing some beauty on to my taplop

3. Steve - February 22, 2009

I also like that orange one best – and I’m with you on preferring the ones that look possible in the American wild.

Not that I mind seeing things that are more exotic – I just don’t relate to them at the same depth, nor would I want to live with them.

4. littlebangtheory - February 23, 2009

Steves, glad you both stopped by. And yeah, I gravitate toward the pedestrian. But I’m happy like that.

Sylvia, thanks. It’s gray here too, gray enough that I have to resort to potted plants to share some color ( and Lord knows I’m about sated with the gray palate.)

5. sherry - February 23, 2009

i liked the 2nd to the last.

the last one looks like the one they modeled “audry” the man eating plant in the remake of the little shop of horrors. love that film. both of them. ; )

6. littlebangtheory - February 23, 2009

Yeah, some little guy would fit right into that tub of dissolving juices, right? 😉 I’m a huge fan of the original; Jack Nicholson put that into orbit!

7. sherry - February 24, 2009

i love them both for different reasons. the 1st film is a classic. the 2nd because of the late great levi stubbs as the plant.

8. Pagan Sphinx - February 24, 2009

I smell love in the air along with the orchids. I’m so happy for you; you deserving romantic, you! 🙂

9. littlebangtheory - February 25, 2009

Well, you might know a thing or two about that. 😉

I’ve thought for some years that, after you, I’d never really fall in love again, or at least that it wouldn’t be the same as my first true love.

So I’m kind of stunned to find myself madly in love with someone who is madly in love with me, and I have to admit to liking it. A lot.

Thanks, Gina, for still being on my side. You and Gary are my best friends in the world, and I love you.

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