Friday, March 01, 2013

A Little Tail

I did take Off the Deep End out for a little spin last weekend even though I've just gotten around to photographing it. She took a ride out to Longwood Gardens with us. To see the orchid-palooza. Oh, you do want to see the photos I took? Okay...

This giant cone of orchids greets you when you walk into the large greenhouse. That's a full-size palm tree there to the left, for scale. They go big at Longwood.
The orchid ball is much smaller but still just dazzling, perhaps even moreso because it's hanging right over your path. And it's almost small enough to hang in your house. Almost...

Now the arch! The arch. Imagine being a bride with this one? Just stunning. My photos do not really give you the sense of wonder, I think.




Don't these look like they are made out of chocolate? They were the most fabulous soft brown. I don't think I've ever seen orchids this color before. They were in large hanging baskets over another  path. What's that? A close-up of these wonderful flowers? I think I have that...












What? Even closer? Okay...


This is not an orchid at all. It's a South African flower in the geranium family that they had planted around the lawns in the greenhouse. I thought they looked like butterflies.

And at last our mermaid. She may pale in comparison. 


5 comments:

Kym Bozarth said...

Beautiful flowers. Make me long for spring...if your interested I am having a giveaway on my blog this week, come on over!
http://deafiesinthekitchen.blogspot.com/

Linda said...

What great pics Nikki. Your mermaid is looking awesome. Love the colors.

Linda

Beth said...

Orchids are so lovely as is your mermaid.

Jennifer said...

I dig the color of the mermaid's hair. Is it really that red in person?

Sharon said...

Beautiful flowers and beautiful mermaid too.