“An orchid in a deep forest sends out its fragrance even if no one is around to appreciate it.” Confucius
Just as I wonder
whether it’s going to die,
the orchid blossoms
and I can’t explain why it
moves my heart, why such pleasure
comes from one small bud
on a long spindly stem, one
blood red gold flower
opening at mid-summer,
tiny, perfect in its hour.
PROLIFIC: Orchids are remarkable and prolific flowering plants. There are about 30,000 varieties of this exotic flower and counting. If you love orchids and are in the Tri-State area (NY, CT, NJ), the New York Botanical Garden currently has a fantastic exhibition of both popular and rare orchids; The Orchid Show runs through April 22, showcasing thousands of orchids in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and features a series of installations crafted by Belgian Floral Artist Daniel Ost. His large Installations filled with a breathtaking range of orchids must be seen to truly enjoy them. My photos of the Installations just don’t do them justice because I forgot to bring my wide angle lens for my dslr camera and had to take photos of them with my android. My macro shots of the orchids, above and below, were taken with my Canon DSLR T1 with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens. I love macro photography so that lens is almost always attached… sigh. I need a new Camera though. Hello Canon?
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“Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.” Alfred North Whitehead
I have become an orchid
washed in on the salt white beach.
what can I make of it now
that might please you-
this life, already wasted
and still strewn with miracles?
Did You Know? As I worked on this post, I found out quite a lot about Orchids. They can be finicky plants to maintain unless you follow the recommended watering schedule religiously. LiveScience also offered five fascinating facts about them. As you already know, there are thousands of varieties and we’ve barely made a dent in discovering the full color spectrum of the range. They have a bilateral symmetry that resembles our human face. Did you know that? Take another look. They trick insects into pollinating them by adapting to match what the insect looks like. Smart! Research has shown that orchids date back to around 120 million years. Whoa. Now that is what I call persistence … and longevity. Drumroll! Vanilla is an orchid variety so, every time you take a bite of that vanilla ice cream or taste it in anything you love, think back to this hardy, prolific and versatile plant.
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“I don’t think what I do is influenced by suffering. I come from a talented people who are prolific in music and dance.” Hugh Masekela
The Orchid Show: Daniel Ost
We humans think we are smart, but an orchid, for example, knows how to produce noble, symmetrical flowers, and a snail knows how to make a beautiful, well-proportioned shell. Compared with their knowledge, ours is not worth much at all. We should bow deeply before the orchid and the snail and join our palms reverently before the monarch butterfly and the magnolia tree. The feeling of respect for all species will help us recognize the noblest nature in ourselves. Nhat Hanh
What Are You Prolific At? When I saw the photo challenge theme for this week, I was wondering what would fit the theme for me. I thought of the yellow dandelion flowers on the aqueduct but they aren’t in full bloom yet. Then, I was reminded that The Orchid Show was still in full bloom at the New York Botanical Gardens (NYBG) in the Bronx. Perfect. I’m a member and it was easy to get in, park, and spend the afternoon shooting and enjoying the collection. If you are able to see it before it wraps on Sunday, I would recommend you do visit. The NYBG grounds are beautiful and walking around and enjoying everything else is also recommended. Go do it. We are all prolific at something so the term doesn’t have to be linked to nature alone… Find your path and follow it. I hope you enjoyed the Orchids shared here. Thank you for stopping by.
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This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: – PROLIFIC – This week, What do you think of when you think of the word, “prolific”? If spring has arrived where you live, maybe the plethora of dandelions sprouting in your neighborhood might fit. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, it might be the leaves falling from the trees. Your response need not be one based in nature — let your imagination fuel your camera.
Positive Motivation Tip: Find your prolific path and follow it.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.