It Just Won't Die!
I feel like I've been photographing this orchid for months. It's because I have!
This week I was thinking to myself that I couldn't remember this orchid NOT blooming. (I can remember it not blooming, but I thought it had been a really long time ago.)
I was looking through some of my older photographs to research this, and I noticed that I've been photographing this same orchid for a very. long. time.
December 16th of 2015 I took what I would call portrait images of my blooming orchid. (See Blooming Orchid just below.) It was in perfect condition, no droopy flowers. And in the middle of winter, it's fantastic to take images like this in the comfort of my home when it's below freezing outside. It probably had already been blooming for several weeks.
In March, 2016, it gets photographed again. Four months is a good run. So I photograph it as the flowers are slowly dying off the stem. I figure it will be at least six months before I see blooms again.
Well, I wasn't without blooms for very long.
It's now the end of May. The same orchid shot out another branch from the same spike that the earlier flowers were on. (Usually the spike browns and dries up, and you're done blooming for several months to a year depending upon the variety of orchid.)
So you'd think May would have been close to the end of this blooming cycle.
You can click on these little thumbnail images to open them larger.
It's still blooming!!
I just took these on July 26th. It's like the flowers have been in stasis for several months — not a droopy flower to be seen. But this orchid has got to be getting pretty pooped out. It takes a lot of energy for a plant to flower. And this orchid has been providing me with beautiful blooms for almost nine months. For now, it still looks great.
I wish I could say my other orchids fared as well. I'm thinking that this phalaenopsis strain is particularly hardy.
P.S. You can count on at least a couple of these images appearing in my 2017 Nature's Beauty Calendar! To see what it's about, take a look at the 2016 calendar here.
~Barb Kellogg, photographer, tea drinker, and dark chocolate lover
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