Sunday, February 27, 2011

Purple Reign

It was a breath (and a whiff) of fresh air yesterday at the Cleveland Botanical Garden's Annual Orchid show, Purple Reign.  It's the perfect place to get warm and reminisce about spring, if you're into that kind of thing.  It's a mecca for local photographers of all interest and skill levels.  I'm sure there will be an abundance of eye candy from this flashy show everywhere.   Keep an eye out.

Orchids make a photographers job easy, if it's not a good picture, it's the photographers fault.  Period. Being gorgeous is their job and they excel at it.  The only thing that can compliment their beauty is their aroma.  They scoff at dainty, flowery scents and go directly to the more earthy base notes, vanilla, citrus, musk, honey, nutmeg (?), wood, all warm and chunky.  At times enveloping and overpowering.  And some, despite how they lure you with their showiness, begrudgingly give you nothing regardless how deeply you stick your nose into their centers.   A typical queen, opulent and proud but remaining elusive and haughty.  Just when you think you have her figured out she gives you that fake royal wave and brushes you off.  Move along, buddy.

The light is filtered and glorious, the colors riotous, and the overall atmosphere is expectant.  Go.  Be amazed.

To see my entire photo set click here.

Orangery: "The name reflects the original use of the building as a place where citrus trees were often wintered in tubs under cover, surviving through harsh frosts though not expected to flower and fruit. The orangery provided a luxurious extension of the normal range and season of woody plants, extending the protection which had long been afforded by the warmth offered from a brick fruit wall. A century after the use for orange and lime trees had been established, other varieties of tender plants, shrubs and exotic plants also came to be housed in the orangery, which often gained a stove for the upkeep of these delicate plants in the cold winters of northern Europe."  -


  1. "At times enveloping and overpowering. And some, despite how they lure you with their showiness, begrudgingly give you nothing..." - Ahhh yes..orchids and women! ;-)

    Great pics..wish I could have made it!

  2. I love orchids.

    Your photos are alive and I can touch them. I am pretty sure I could taste them too, but I'm told they are inedible. So I will just imagine how good they taste. Your photos accomplish as much. I taste the inedible.