Floral Expressions

Orchid Mind

Orchid Mind -- 2012

The Marie Selby Botanical Garden in Sarasota, Florida has a world-renowned collection of epiphytes, including many species of the orchids and bromeliads that inspired these images.

There were yellows, reds and greens in abundance on this warm spring day in March, and the dramatic showy inflorescecne of the bromeliads complemented the more delicate and complicated statements by the orchids. As the days pass and seasons change, different plants burst into bloom, so a visit to the Garden always holds something new.

bromeliad inflorescence

Inflorescence -- 2012

The Power of an Orchid

Orchid Power - 2011

With the world in turmoil, new wars piled upon wars, disasters natural and man-made, and increasingly mean-spirited politics, take a moment to contemplate the innocent but sensuous beauty of the orchid.

Rather than an escape from reality, a few moments spent with the beauty of nature can be a source of balance and peace, and perhaps provide some of the wisdom needed to discern what is right.

(Orchids here are thanks to the Marie Selby Botanical Garden in Sarasota, Florida.)

An Innocent Orchid -- 2011

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