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February 14, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Orchid Show

Orchid Show

“The leaves were blackish green and the flower itself was glossy yellow, the yellow of a newly waxed taxi, and it was spattered with hundreds and hundreds of burgundy markings. Staring at the pattern … was dizzying. Staring at it for a long time was hypnotizing.” ~ Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief

Bolz Tropical Conservatory
Olbrich Gardens
Madison, WI


  1. Gandalf / Feb 14 2008 8:10 am

    This image is striking. The flowers jump off the page as if in 3D. Very refreshing (even if there is no snow).

  2. rainmountain / Feb 14 2008 10:13 am

    That’s gorgeous!!!

  3. montucky / Feb 14 2008 10:17 am

    What a beautiful shot! Very nice!

  4. JLB / Feb 14 2008 11:13 am

    Orchids are such wonderful plants – thanks for sharing your photo! It truly does justice to these blooms.

  5. HeyJules / Feb 14 2008 1:10 pm

    Gorgeous! You really caught this perfectly. The intensity of the colors and the dizzying pattern make for a very ethereal photo!

  6. mon@rch / Feb 14 2008 6:33 pm

    Such a stunning orchid! These are amazing flowers for sure!

  7. jpt / Feb 14 2008 8:32 pm

    kinda scary-looking for valentine’s. i like it!

  8. jeanabaena / Feb 14 2008 8:43 pm

    beautiful – the colors pop from the black background. i love the triangle of flowers, especially the slightly out of focus one on the bottom.

  9. barbara / Feb 15 2008 3:43 pm

    gandalf, nicole, montucky ~ thank you. I’m getting a better idea on these macros.

    jlb, jules, man@rch ~ orchids are wild – I never realized how intricate they are. Thanks.

    jpt ~ yeah, scary. Good day for it.

    jeana ~ thanks, I’m glad you are visiting.

  10. aullori / Feb 15 2008 9:28 pm

    I think orchids are really amazing – they can look almost defensive. I love it.

  11. barbara / Feb 18 2008 1:02 pm

    aullori ~ they do have that sense about them.

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