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Exquisit!....:)
 

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OH MY! What absolute beauties!!

Mastevallia is very unusual and paph 1 is quite lovely!

Actually, I really loved them ALL!

I know there are different types (breeds?) of Orchids, but how many is most amazing.

You must have dealings with breeders from around the world?

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING, Wolfwood!

Any time you have more pictures, I'm all eyes!

Love and Hugs

Shi :) :)
 

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Found and added a few more photos to the Album.

Yes, there are roughly 10,000 types of Orchids in the world. Not all are available here in the US and, for that matter, not all are approved by CITES for private growing - ergo: They are still only found in the wild on the side of a mountain in some rain forest.

I get my orchids from local growers (although I did bring some back from Hawaii and Florida) - not interested in getting involved in the import game. Besides - I am an absolute orchid novice!!! Heck - what I know about orchids as compared to what I know about pigeons makes me feel like an old pro at pigeon growing!!:eek:
 

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Checked out your new ones and all I can say is, you SURE SEEM TO BE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT!!

Who would have thought there would be SO many species of Orchid? Wow!

I bet you are a "natural!" Some people just have the touch! AND, I think that will extend to our feathered and furred ones too!

MANY THANKS again!

DO feel free to post more whenever you can! ;)

Love and Hugs

Shi :)
 

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Thanks, Shi. Glad you enjoyed them.

btw - I've read on here that "pigeons teach you patience" ... that may be but, all I can say is, the patience learned from pigeons seems to me to be like training wheels on a bike.:D Most orchids bloom only 1x per year ... and EVERYTHING done with and to that orchid during the rest of the year will determine the health of that single bloom. If you don't get it right .... you get to wait another year (provided the plant doesn't die along the way). Of course, you can't know if "you got it right" unless and until the plant actually does bloom. And if it doesn't - you get to GUESS why.:cool: If you guess right - well - good for you - you'll get a bloom. If you guess wrong - well - guess again and wait another year to see if you were right this time:eek:

I guess I like challenges......:rolleyes:
 

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I have a place close to home where I can get orchid over load. Go check out Woodsprite Orchids in puter. The owner, Richard knows his stuff, is the nicest person to talk with. He loves to talk "orchid" and show off every thing, then sell it to you at very reasonable price.
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Up here, we have native orchids. I have Lady Slippers (pinks) all through the woods, and there are yellow variety not too far away.
 

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That depends on the photo ...

The 2 close-ups (burgundy and green/burgundy flowers) were taken with a Macro lens, lighting, and a reflector (black cloth oval held behind the plant). In this case, the dark background is due to the closer light and focal point....see the wrinkles in the backdrop on the green/burgundy flower???? You can do the same without "fancy" lighting by darkening the "room lighting", focusing close, and using a flash, the background will be dark simply because the focus & light are on the closer subject (that's how the Masdevallia background was made black). A third way is to simply hold up a cloth behind your subject as a backdrop ...
 

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That depends on the photo ...

The 2 close-ups (burgundy and green/burgundy flowers) were taken with a Macro lens, lighting, and a reflector (black cloth oval held behind the plant). In this case, the dark background is due to the closer light and focal point....see the wrinkles in the backdrop on the green/burgundy flower???? You can do the same without "fancy" lighting by darkening the "room lighting", focusing close, and using a flash, the background will be dark simply because the focus & light are on the closer subject (that's how the Masdevallia background was made black). A third way is to simply hold up a cloth behind your subject as a backdrop ...
Thanks, I would love to take a photography class...
 

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GEE, Wolfwood!

TALK about PATIENCE! A whole year?? For A bloom? No wonder you are an outstanding photographer!

The Orchid story is quite fascinating and I can see why people are attracted to these beauties!

Type A personalities might have a very hard time growing them, having to have patience and all! Then, again, that is just what a Type A needs! ;) :)

Reminds me of a question I once heard in a comedy skit about having patience when learning a Martial Art: "Patience!? How long does that take? An hour?!" Type A personified! :D

Sending loving healthy robust growing thoughts to your lovelies!

Love and Hugs

Shi :)
 

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Type A personalities might have a very hard time growing them, having to have patience and all! Then, again, that is just what a Type A needs! ;) :)
Uh ... er .... yes it is. :D


Sending loving healthy robust growing thoughts to your lovelies!
Many thanks ... and much needed!
 

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I do admire your patience, Wolfwood, both with photography and orchids. I am a keen gardener too, but like things that encourage me more often than once a year - still, those orchids are exceedingly lovely.....
 
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