Monday, August 20, 2007

AN ORCHID OUTING

My friend M. not only lives in a very cool historically significant 1920's Adobe home here in LA but he is also an avid Orchid enthusiast. He cultivates many varieties of orchids and so the other day I decided to pay him a visit and see what was happening in his Orchid collection.


I wanted to take the opportunity to photograph different specimens for reference materials to be used for future paintings. Knowing that M. has a lot more going on in his orchid collection than I do, I knew I was in for a special treat. I was not disappointed. Suspended from an exotically turned branch was an outstanding example of Stanhopea veneshiana (I hope I got that right).

It was not opened upon first viewing but...

Two days later M. called and said to come back as it had opened up to a spectacular presentation.


Not only was it beautiful in form and shape the fragrance was wild! A strange mix of Chocolate and Mint.



My thanks to M.
Enjoy and stay tuned for more images from M."s garden plus more paintings inspired by this wonderfull collection and great friend.

Click to see more information:
Stanhopea