Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New Fotos from the Orchid Show

The Philippine Orchid Society holds exhibits and commercial plants sale twice a year at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City, Philippines. The first was held in February and the 2nd is ongoing for two weeks until September 10 this year. The first one, i confess  is so hot and humid, as it is during the dry season. This time the plants are happier as temperatures are not that high, sunlight is not so intense and periodic drizzles are common. It is also not very disappointing for visitors because the flowers stay longer than during the dry season. However, intense rainfall will probably pressure the flowers and will also be unfavorable. It is raining intensely now, I have to visit the exhibit again tomorrow to check how the flowers fared.

I was in the show for both Saturday and Sunday, and despite the drizzles my friends and I were happy to take photos. It was a good testing environment for my newly acquired macro lens. It made me so exciting and even forgot to take my lunch on time. I had the wider angle lens with me, but wasn't able to use it. Goodbye for now from the individual exhibit photos, anyway they were fully shown last February. I hope you will also be happier with my results now, as I did.

The Waling-Waling, Euanthe sanderiana aka Vanda sanderiana. This is the orchid pride of the Philippines, endemic here, and has been one of the parents or grandparents of most Vanda hybrids today.

 Coelogyne pandurata

 a Phalaenopsis hybrid

a Cattleya lip

a Cymbidium

 I love the texture of this Dendrobium

 red pincushion protea, or Leucospermum

 an ornamental pepper at different stages of maturity

 a bromeliad maybe a B. guzmania

 flower of a beehive ginger, Zingiber spectabile

a succulent, Haworthia attenuata (Thanks to Ash, also to Mark and Gaz)

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44 comments:

  1. Hi Andrea,
    The succulent belongs to the Haworthia species, either Haworthia attenuata or Haworthia fasciata.
    Love their striped leaves!

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    1. Thanks Ash for the ID and the visit.

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    2. I thought the white dots look like flowers along the cactus. It is a beautiful cactus.

      Ash, thumbs up to the succulent ID. Andrea, Ash is a new "kid blogger on the blog". Andrea, Ash and Autumn Belle (3As) are BFF (blog friends first... ) ^-^

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    3. Oh thanks Autumn Belle for introducing Ash, welcome to blogging Ash. I hope you don't get blogger burn-out like us sometimes, haha. Thanks for your visit and ID, hope to see more of you here.

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  2. Amazing selection of Orchid blooms Andrea! It seems the Quezon Memorial Circle is a good venue for lots of Horticultural shows there. The last photo looks like a Haworthia attenuata.

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    1. Thank you. Yes most of the garden shows in Metro Manila are now held here, 2 orchid shows/year and 1 horticultural show. In the previous years they are held at the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation or at the Quezon City Hall grounds. Thanks for the ID.

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  3. Wow, amazing flower.I love Orchids! They can not grow on free land in Norway.
    Thanks for sharing

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    1. If orchids cannot grow on free land in Norway, many temperate orchids grow in your conservatories or botanical gardens.

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  4. Beautiful flowers. You got some great shots.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  5. Gorgeous orchids. I love them.

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  6. gorgeous! Quezon Circle seems a world away when i think of traffic.:p had i known about this show yesterday morning, dumerecho na sana ako--i was in Cubao on Monday afternoon. sayang. well, till sunday pa naman to...baka sipagin ako this weekend.:p

    the ornamental pepper is pretty--haven't seen it before.

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    1. You should see it before Sunday because the flowers wilt fast with our conditions. I normally go to garden shows during or a day after the opening, so they still look their best.

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  7. Fabulous shots Andrea, Myra is all excited as her one and only indoor Orchid has a flower bud just starting, she needs to get more of them.

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    1. Thanks Alistair, you should post a photo of Myra's orchid. When you just have one of your favorite plant it is so loved and pampered, and i can relate with here so well.

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  8. Calling by from Our World Tuesday, what a stunning series of photos from your part of the world.

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    1. thank Lindy Lou Mac, you should see our garden shows at least one and you will be addicted to them too.

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  9. I love orchid...! Your captures of those flowers are great!

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  10. You got some great pictures with your new macro lens. The orchids are beautiful, but I also like your photos of the ginger flower and the cactus. You did a great job with these.

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    1. I appreciate that George. I am so excited with the macro even if it is only 35mm f3.5. If only I have more budget like you, I will get the f1.8, hehe!

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  11. Hi, Just wanted to drop by and say HELLO. It's been a busy week/month --and just gonna get busier. How are you feeling? Better I hope.

    I always LOVE seeing your orchids... Reminds me of the ones at Biltmore --which are INSIDE... Our climate is not good for growing orchids outdoors.... Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Thanks so much Betsy, am already well, can already go out whole days for these photos! I know most of our orchids raised in your climate are inside the conservatory, a very expensive way to raise them.

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  12. Such beautiful orchids. I love how you've captured the detailed beauty with your new lens. Your photography is awesome! I have just purchased a new lens for close-ups. It is my hope to learn to how to get these close-up photographs. Thanks for sharing your lovely photographs.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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    1. Yes it is really exciting when a new toy comes to hand. I can't stop shooting even if it is drizzling. This is the first time i got hold of it.

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  13. Beautiful orchids as always, thank you for sharing these special blooms

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    1. hello Klara, yours are much better because they are yours, while here i can just take the photos, haha!

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  14. Beautiful, gorgeous flowers, Andrea! I am already looking forward to your next post, hehehe. I am so jealous of your new lens ;-)

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    1. Hi AB, the purchase of the lens is just serendipitous, not really intentional and not that day. I can PM you the story, haha!

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  15. Each flower post is prettier than the one posted before.
    Joyce M

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    1. Oh you are so very kind Joyce, i am just obsessed to use my new macro lens, which is not really that spectacular but at least I can get single flowers!

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  16. oh the selection is gorgeous. there are orchid shows here, but i've never been to one yet. you inspire me to go.

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    1. Photo Cache, you should go to at least one, impress me again with your shots because they never fail to amaze me!

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous......beautiful flowers.Love your blog, I'm now a follower.

    erica-sweetonyou.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Erica for following, and for the kind words.

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  18. Very nice photos. Your new lens got a real workout. I like the bit of abstraction in the bromeliad. Cheers.

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  19. I loved the orchids and ginger; I bet the show was spectacular. You would have just the climate for so many wonderful species

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  20. Stunning!!! Wow, the blossoms are dazzling.

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  21. What a great lens...these pictures are stunning

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  22. Hi Andrea, Isn't it exciting that you have a macro lens to work with. From the pictures of the orchid show, it looks like you are already getting the hang of using it.
    Orchids amaze me; there are so many different flower shapes and colors. They always make me think of butterflies.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer for visiting. I am trying to be familiar with the new macro lens and I am enjoying that i dont want to go to the office anymore but shoot, haha! I am an orchid person foremost, and butterfly fan second. We have all of those here in our property, what i don't have is much time!

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  23. Nice work with the macro lens, Andrea! Sana mas close-up pa yung flower ng Zingiber. The pattern looks interesting.

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    1. That was the first time i used that lens, camera handheld, no tripod nor remote shutter! Getting clear margins is almost next to impossible, it was windy there! And the beehive ginger already got sold.

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  24. Euanthe sanderiana is perfect, great photos.

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