I stayed home this weekend, hanging out with the new birds, playing music for them on my new piano – more about that in a later post – checking out what’s going on in my backyard, making soup and bread… And trying to finish the pictures from Costa Rica.
Except that going through them there is so much more than just birds. There is landscape, butterflies, other animals, orchids and other plants and flowers that defy description.
All the orchid pictures on this page were taken on a field trip we took to Lankester Botanical Gardens on November 14th.
I have seen orchids in other places, but nothing compares to the feeling of being surrounded by them everywhere!
There are thousands of varieties and these pictures are by no means meant to be representative. I just took pictures of the cooperative plants that caught my eye.
I confess ignorance about plants in general and orchids in particular, but it is easy to see why people become enamored and enslaved by them.
I did buy a book on Costa Rican plants but I am almost afraid to open it. I suspect it will help me identify some of the more common plants and trees in some photographs but it couldn’t possibly catalogue very many orchid species. The sheer variety is mind-numbing.
The gardens have a nursery going for new orchids, some growing out of wood blocks, like the one below.
It seemed only fitting to close with a Green Hermit enjoying flowers.
Magnificent! Lisa, you’re looking at Nature’s best eccentricities! 🙂 Great post!
Oh thank you, HJ! Epiphytes are truly amazing and unbelievable, aren’t they? So glad you liked my choices. 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
Perfect antidote to this cold and rainy day!
Thank you, MaryLee! Glad to bring you some cheer. 🙂
Really too gorgeous for words. Great pictures.
Thanks. It was some sort of sensory overload.
Wow! Lisa, these are spectacular. Thank you so much. Now, what about that new piano?
Hi, Jim. Glad you like the orchids! I’ll get around to writing about the piano soon, it may take up an entire post. 🙂