Pretty in Pink and Blue and Green and Brown . . .
Fascinating, isn’t it? To look inside an orchid to see these odd formations. What purpose do they serve, the tiny tongue-like protrusions? Are the darker colored veins pointing toward the column, a signal of sorts leading the bees toward the reproductive organs? Clever Mother Nature.
My knowledge of orchids is pretty sparse. I only learned last Thursday at Longwood Gardens that there are over 26,000 species of orchids throughout the world. Pretty impressive.
Orchids attract bees, butterflies, wasps and flies. (Flies?!)
Orchids come in every color from black to white and everything in between.
Many orchids originate in the Himalayan region, a pretty tough destination for collectors.
When we visited Bangkok a few years back, neophytic orchids grew everywhere: on the sides of buildings, in the cracks of sidewalks, on doors and walls.
I would think that this creature-looking orchid would frighten any pollinator!
Daily Gratitude: my 26th anniversary
Pasa buen dia!
Note: Just received a phone call last Friday from Panasonic–they just started working on the DSLR that I sent on October 4th.Thankfully, my point and shoot has stepped up to the task. Ommmmmm.
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