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Purple 4

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 8 November 2007 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

This ground orchid plant was so grateful for a series of rainy days we've had recently that it bloomed joyfully, and in this beautiful orchid color -- just right for my purple series.

NIKON D80 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 360 92 mm

Images by KC Photography from Redmond, United States

Beautiful shades of purple

8 Nov 2007 6:08am

@Images by KC Photography: They are. It's amazing how small yet beautiful these flowers truly are.

Mandy from South Africa

wow - it's an exquisite colour VF. I love Orchids, they are such delicate and "regal" looking flowers. I have never been brave enough to grow one...I'm too scared I'll kill it in the first week!!hahaha

8 Nov 2007 6:15am

@Mandy: Thanks Mandy; it is a pretty flower. Ground orchids are easy to grow... just stick 'em in the ground and water; make sure they have about a half day of shade (daily) where they're planted. And then they'll bloom for you.

ColNed Pictures from Amersfoort, Netherlands

Great shot and another great purple example !

8 Nov 2007 8:25am

@ColNed Pictures: Thanks ColNed. I appreciate the applause. ;-)

vu@granby - gilles from Granby, Québec, Canada

Orchids are like fashion models:
slim, tall, classy and so sexy!

This purple serie is a good idea Viewfinder.

8 Nov 2007 8:46am

@vu@granby - gilles: Merci, my friend. I think you have it right about those orchids and fashion models being alike. Heh.

e. from Washington DC, United States

I very much agree! It's a lovely orchid.

8 Nov 2007 10:00am

@e.: Thanks e. Glad you stopped by.

Organik from Australia

Another beautiful shade of purple and photo VF. This has been a gorgeous series that you've presented.

8 Nov 2007 10:46am

@Organik: I'm sure glad you are enjoying this series; it just sort of "popped" up, spontaneous-like. I wasn't planning a series but the idea just "struck" me. So... thanks!

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Oooo! perfect simply perfect, what a beautiful flower and shade to add to the glorious purples that we have seen so far!
How wonderful it must be to see these growing in the wild!
Another great capture VF :)

8 Nov 2007 11:11am

@MaryB: You are the rose queen, so to compliment this humble ground orchid from our flower garden is a great kindness. My purple series will take a turn from glorious to somewhat "quirky" for the next two days. I hope humor and purple go together well...

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

well, your Purple Honour, I'm besieged with envy ;)

8 Nov 2007 12:32pm

@Lorraine: Funny gal! But thanks a lot! However, don't envy this -- not with the grand atmospheric BW you have posted today.

Nick Passantino from Bronx, United States

great colors and soft feel to this shot.

8 Nov 2007 12:50pm

@Nick Passantino: Thanks Nick; I think the dof adds softness to the shot.

KMF from Kerala,Kalpakanchery, India

cool purple

8 Nov 2007 2:06pm

@KMF: Thanks! Glad you came by.

Rabbit from Richmond, United States

So pretty and delicately captured.

8 Nov 2007 3:43pm

@Rabbit: :-D
<glowing in happy gratitude>

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Orchids are such delicate and beautiful flowers. I've seen so many varieties since I started photoblogging a couple of years ago. This is a beautiful specimen in lovely purple.

8 Nov 2007 4:51pm

@Laurie: Yes they are delicate. Thanks for commenting, and I hope you're still celebrating your son's homecoming.

Reza from Montreal, Canada


8 Nov 2007 5:01pm

@Reza: Thanks.

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

It is indeed beautiful... not that I'm jealous in the least bit that you still have beautiful flowers at this time year... nope, not me... Lovely lovely image Viewfinder!!

8 Nov 2007 6:45pm

@amy: I may have the flowers, but you've got the great snow-covered mountains and all that wonderful terrain. Right about now, I'd be glad to trade some flowers for a bit of those beautiful mountains.

Stunner from Kingston, Jamaica

Lovely closeup shot! The flower looks so delicate!

8 Nov 2007 6:52pm

@Stunner: Thanks, it is a delicate thing, but easy to grow long as it rains.

Mingo from Sant Boi de Llobregat, Spain

Sensacional macro, preciosos colores. Excelente captura. Saludos!

8 Nov 2007 8:19pm

@Mingo: Su comentario se aprecia mucho. Bendiciones a usted.

Lost Valley :-) from Canada

Hello VF! Popping by to say a quick hello! What a gorgeous orchid-which are some of my fave flowers! You have captured the tranquility of this flower wonderfully!! Sure do miss my photography and this community!!Hope all is well with you and your family!

8 Nov 2007 8:37pm

@Lost Valley :-): Wow, am I excited or what? LV, it is so, so, so great to hear from you! Yes we're all ok, and I hope it's likewise for you and yours. Your absent photos and your not being here every day has been tough for many of us. Hoping one day you'll find time to return full time. Oh, and thank you for saying such nice things about my little flower-bed orchid shot. Never thought we'd actually live somewhere that doesn't require a greenhouse to grow them.

Rebecca from Leicester, United Kingdom

WOW, this is like a breath of pure, fresh air, dear VF!! I love orchids, we had them at our wedding! – you may also know that the orchid is my home country, Singapore’s national flower? It is truly a treasure, and your image here today is a bringer of pure delight, dear friend. Love it. :)

8 Nov 2007 10:08pm

@Rebecca: How wonderful; I did not know the orchid is Singapore's national flower. But now that you tell me this, I dedicate this orchid to you Rebecca. Blessings, my friend.

Shahab from Qazvin, Iran

Pretty work!Beautiful purple series!

8 Nov 2007 10:40pm

@Shahab: Thank you; I am pleased you are liking this purple series. I hope the next two days are of interest as well. Blessings, my friend.

bronzebilly u.k. from Barry,Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom

great capture V.F.-again excellent colour--and a nice bit of shadowing going on here--great work--billy

9 Nov 2007 12:58am

@bronzebilly u.k.: Glad you like. Blessings, Billy.

tyan from Singapore

wow VF,did you say it grew in your garden??!!Orchids are so hard to rear,in my opinion and you guys actually have such a beautiful one at your door!Cool!:)

9 Nov 2007 2:09am

@tyan: Yes tyan, these are called "ground orchids" and they grow very easily here. There are more exotic types that require a lot of special care, but these are straight from the flower pot to the ground and they do their bloomin' thing from there. We have three varieties -- this one is the classic orchid look, and there is a yellow variety, and a clustered coral-pink type as well. I like this one the best. BTW, Rebecca told me these are Singapore's national flower and I told her this one is dedicated to her. Well it's also dedicated to you. Best of all, from now on, whenever I walk beside these when they are blooming I shall be reminded of my dear tyan and Rebecca, both Singapore friends, and that will make these orchids all the more wonderful. ;-)

Jen from Alpharetta, United States

Perfect Purple (and my favorite color!)

9 Nov 2007 2:29am

@Jen: Lol. Just for you, Jen...

Japanalia from Japan

Indeed, cute little flower and the purple is fascinating!
Gabriela in Japan

11 Nov 2007 1:04pm

@Japanalia: Thank you Gabriela, am happy you like this one.

1/125 second
ISO 360
92 mm