Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Orchid Daze: Lasting Impressions - Part 1!

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Gracious, this year's Orchid Daze opened at the beginning of February, and I am just now getting around to posting about it!

Like last year's display, 2014's theme was inspired by three artists. This year, however, instead of Surrealist artists, the orchids paid tribute to three Impressionistic artists.

In the lobby, it was Van Gogh.

This little guy was posing so prominently, I couldn't resist. =)
But back to the orchids!

Moving on to the atrium, we have what I think is the most easily identifiable of the three...Monet and his waterlillies, of course.
Lots of gorgeousness all around the "bridge" (it's really just a hanging prop...very clever).
These orchids foreshadow the daffodils that would come up in just a few weeks.
There were also some beauties in giant pots set around the perimeter of the atrium.
Now we move on to the main greenhouse.
Can you guess the artist??

The focus here is more on individual blooms than a profusion.

Did you guess the artist was Gauguin? I have to cry foul here a little bit...he is technically a Post-Impressionist. And, c'mon, there are plenty of awesome Impressionists left! Renoir, Pissarro, Cassatt, Manet??? Color me disappointed.
The orchids, though...they do not disappoint. =)
Thought I'd throw in a little leaf texture to make sure you're still paying attention. =)
Now, although a lot of these shots were taken with the macro lens, I was using a crappy tiny tripod (a cheap GorillaPod knockoff). Just wait until you see round two (and three...), taken with my spiffy birthday tripod!

More orchid photos to come...not to mention the fantastic tulip photos after that!! I'll concentrate on those as I endure the suddenly-cold temperatures and FREEZE WARNING for tonight!! =(


Delusional Knitter said...

Is that a blue tree frog's butt you got pressed up against the glass there?!?! Very cool visit - I love Van Gogh. And some of those orchids look like they got crossed with pansies - my other favorite flowers!!

Shirlee said...

Very beautiful!

Julie said...

WOW!!! stunning displays

Beth said...

Amazing colors and forms. I bet it was a real pick me up to experience during cold February.

Meari said...

Oh how pretty. My Mom would love a place like that. She'd be trying to buy those flowers, lol.

Shebafudge said...

The orchids are beautiful. I would love to be able to visit something like that!

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