1. They say it’s the first day of spring here in the northern hemisphere. While that may technically be true, it’s snowing here. So what else is new, eh? Well, to me that calls for a trip back to the Smith College greenhouse. Sure it’s snowing out, but I’ve got my memories and my photos of those gorgeous flowers to hold me over until the local thing feels safe to pop its head out of the frozen ground.
2. I love orchids! They are such happy flowers. Before I read the book The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession by Susan Orlean, I had no idea how crazy people could get over a flower. But when I look at orchids, I can kind of understand it. By the way, the book is a good read and the movie based (loosely) on the book Adaptation is worth a look, too, in my humble opinion. I think I have a new favorite orchid and it’s this one:
3. One of the things I truly love about spending time at a place like the Smith College greenhouse is seeing the grand variety in nature. Apples and oranges...succulents and orchids. It's all good and it’s nice when people have taken the time to pull all these great elements together. I appreciate it.
4. But going from the relatively cool climate of the spring bulbs to the tropical area can cause the camera lens to fog up and the need for a bit of creativity in the photo editing department.
5. No matter where your hallways lead, I hope you have a great Spring!