Slipper Orchid

The orchid center at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is full of many different types of orchids and other exotic plants.  These slipper orchids really look as if some tiny person could slip them on their feet and walk off into the forest in high style.

I love seeing the fantastic variety of shapes and colors that the orchid family is made up of.  All the beautiful plants at the gardens are a pleasure to experience.  It is a true joy to spend time here and marvel at the wonders of nature and be glad to have the chance to share in this amazing planet we live on.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
100mm @ f/11 – 1/100 sec – ISO 400

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The Curious Garden

The current special exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is called The Curious Garden.  It is  a mix of plants and man-made objects intended to pique our curiosity and make us think about things in a different way.

The Curious Garden features 11 site-specific installations created to highlight the Garden’s plant collections and plant conservation work by prompting visitors to make discoveries, ask questions and engage in conversations. Bold, often unexpected, man-made and altered natural materials are employed to direct the eye to focus on the simple beauty of nature.

My image above is part of the installation inside the Orchid Center conservatory.  This display features multiple chandeliers and crystal beads with orchids and other plants entwined among the hanging lights.  It is a wonderful combination of shape, color and light.  We found ourselves walking in circles while looking up through the leaves, flowers and shiny sparkly glass.  Quite a sight to see!

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
38mm @ f/16 – 1/10 sec – ISO 400

Jungle Orchid

There are so many beautiful orchids at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  This one caught my eye mainly because of the leaves.  The apricot-colored flower is magnificent but the patterns in the leaves just made me think of some deep-dark jungle.  Sometimes, the background is just as important as the subject.

In his Macro Bootcamp workshop, Mike Moats tells students that his most successful images come from a combination of a subject and a background that work well together.  I’m not sure if I lived up to his level on this one but I do believe that the combination of the two is more than either one by themselves.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
100mm @ f/11 – 1/16 sec – ISO 400

Tears of the Orchid

As I said yesterday, the Orchid Center at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is one of my favorite places.  The shapes and colors on these flowers are totally amazing!  There were a number of this variety showing off their beautiful blooms and glistening with water drops that are frequently sprayed on the plants in this environment.

I am glad that there are experts who know how to care for these plants and put them on display for people like me who have no idea how to do this.  I can sure appreciate them though and do my best to capture the beauty and share it with others.  We each have some talents and I know mine isn’t gardening.  Hopefully, the photography will make up for that lack.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
86mm @ f/16 – 1/13 sec – ISO 400

Pink Tulip Orchids

Not the orchids you see every day

Native to the Andes mountains of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia,  Anguloa virginalis is part of the botanical family known as Tulip orchids.  The profile of these flowers look much like that of a tulip, thus the name.

The flowers are very fragrant which attracts bees in particular to pollinate.  They are also known as Cradle Orchids because they rock back and forth when bees land on the lip of the flower to get at the pollen inside.

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Fuqua Orchid Center
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7000
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
135mm at f/8 – 1/100 sec – ISO 800

 

Oh yeah, they have flowers here too

Yesterday, I described the beautiful art that is on display at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. There is no denying that the Chihuly in the Garden exhibit is the big draw right now but the place is actually a BOTANICAL GARDEN so, maybe I should talk about the plants?

One of my favorite parts of the garden is the Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory which I usually refer to as the Orchid Center.  The conservatory is beautiful on the outside with a broad lawn and a lily pond out front and the city skyline behind.  What’s on the inside is totally amazing.  The center focuses on tropical and desert environments, with special emphasis on plants that are rare, threatened or endangered.

Lily Pond garden

This is a great place to see examples of nature’s bounty which you are not likely to find at many other places.  One thing to be aware of is that since the Summer temperatures can get very high and this is one of the few places on the grounds that are air-conditioned, it attracts lots of people.

When things are quiet, I could spend hours just admiring each plant and flower and looking to get a good image.  On Father’s Day, when there is a major special event running, this place became a mob scene mid-morning.  Baby strollers and kids running about with other groups bunching up and milling around made it hard to find a peaceful spot to focus.  You can forget about setting up a tripod in this crowd but, it is amazingly beautiful none the less.

Here are just a few samples of the wide variety of plants in the conservatory:

Orchids

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Asian pitcher plants (Nepenthes)

Other Rare and Unusual plants


Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

All images taken with:

Nikon D7000
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro

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