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Grand Rapids Orchid Show -- WARNING: Obscenely picture heavy!

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    Default Grand Rapids Orchid Show -- WARNING: Obscenely picture heavy!

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    This past weekend I attended the orchid show at the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids. It's been a few years since I was last able to attend as GR is quite a drive for me, particularly if the weather is bad. Despite this, I still made the drive as it is one of the better shows within a reasonable distance for me. I also like it as there are often plants there that I do not get to see at other shows either because it is the wrong season or the grower does not attend the other shows closer to me.

    So to ease everyone into things, we will start with pics of some of the displays .......










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    Fantastic! Especially the treasure chest shot. Neat!

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    Now for individual plants.......

    I do apologize in advance for some of the photos. I was forced to use a flash due to the lack of sufficient natural lighting. I generally dislike using a flash as it tends to washout colors or I get a great deal of glare off shiny surfaces.

    I thought this was rather nifty. I don't think I've ever seen a phal "ball" before. Unfortunately with the ball's location, the white flowers kind of get lost in the white background.



    Saw a LOT of "bulldog"/"toad" paphs at this show. First time I can remember seeing so many. (So who know, Geoff, maybe they're coming back into fashion?) Anyway, here they are along with some phrags and typical paphs:







    One of the blackest vinis I think I have ever seen. Please overlook the "orangy" areas -- that was due to reflected light off the sepals.





    Rather pleased with how this shot came out





    I found this one quite interesting --- a bit different than any I can recall seeing before














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    Now not that I was intentionally ignoring the catts or other alliances ... but few of the shots came out well of them at all. The flash was just not kind to them and the flash's glare either washed the colors out or wiped out the flowers' details. What follows were the only shots worth showing of all the non paphs/phrags.

    The satiny texture made it virtually impossible to get the color right on this one. It was quite fetching.









    I believe this one is a cross of Masd floribunda x imposter





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    They are simply Awesome ! Awaiting more Catt pictures !

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    Alas that is the end of the orchid pics. As I mentioned, Amey, the flash just did not flatter many of the orchids -- particularly not the catts or oncs. I'll post some other general plant pics from the Gardens later in a separate thread.

    Glad you liked these.

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    Wonderful...I love your slide show, thanks for sharing it.

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    thanks for sharing this photos with us Pavel...

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    I'll take that Barbara LeAnn

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    Oh, Paul, these are all great. That phal ball is the first I have seen like that. And all the paphs I love them!! Looks like an amazing show. Thanks for taking your camera along to share the orchid photos with us.

    Cheers,
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