I do like masdies--very nice!
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This is a discussion on Masdevallia atropurpures blooming within the Orchids of Other Genera IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; These are a couple of blooms from Masdevallia atropurpures. It comes from Columbia and is ...
These are a couple of blooms from Masdevallia atropurpures. It comes from Columbia and is a '"warm growing" Masdevallia. Actually it is an intermediate to warm growing Mas. It is a shade lover and should be kept moist with daily watering, which I accomplish by daily misting with a good soak about once a week - ideally. The maroon part of the flower is about 2 cm wide and 3cm tall. It is mounted on a wooden plaque. Hope you like it.
I do like masdies--very nice!
Hadn't seen this one before - it's absolutely fantastic! You have the color exactly right, the depth-of-field is perfect, the focus sharp - and the bloom, I know in fact, is just this beautiful (although quite small to the naked eye). An amazing blend of a lovely subject and a deftly-executed photograph. Congrats - I think you should submit this to the AOS magazine or Orchids Digest.
Thanks Kathi and Maura. Cathi this is a mini mounted on a small plank of some sort of wood. The blooms are small as Maura alluded to and the photo was done with a micro lens. I have two Masdevallias now, this one and a cooler growing one that I placed on an evaporative pot to keep cool. Well, it keeps it cool, but it also keeps it extremely wet - to wet too grow and it lost all of its blooms. It is a Masdevallia triangularis (sp). If you or anyone else know how to successfully grow this thing, I would very much appreciate any advice you might care to share. I know it is a shade lover, and needs to be moist (not soaking wet all the time) and is a cooler growing Mas. I live in Atlanta, and grow in the living room with a Southern exposure, so it is going to be tough keeping this mini alive I fear. Thank you.
Maura, submit it to a magazine. Indeed, I wonder how much they pay, in the highly unlikely event they happen to use it? Ha ha ha. I think I will keep it on my MacBook and maybe look at it every few months - if that. Thanks though. I appreciate the kind words. As you know, I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to photograph these plants that cause such a compulsion, but then again. It gets me using my camera and that's a good thing. Thank you again.
Last edited by Phillip C; March 19th, 2012 at 12:40 PM. Reason: too many things to fit in here
Very pretty Masd . A warm growing masd - now that's something for me to think about.
gosh thats purty... and warm blooded you say? hmmm... yew and i will be on the lookout!!
Smufr and Yew,
When I bought this Masd. it was listed as a intermediate to warm grower. Living here in the southern US in Atlanta we have some cold winters (this year wasn't so bad, no ice or snow) ,and we have particularly hot summers. If it weren't for air conditioning I don't not know what we'd do! Highs can reach into the 100's but usually stay 95 or so, follow by thunderstorms. Long wether explanation all to say that we can't grow cool weather Mads. So we have to be on the look out for the warmer growing ones. This one is a mini, but I do not know the name of any full sized ones right off the bat. I am sure you will be able to find an I/W growing one if you look.
Good Luck and thank you very much for your kind words and for your time.
Forgot to say that in my frenzy, I bought an intermediate to cool growing masd. I mounted on an evaporative cooling clay pot. Sounds good, right. Well, the pot does keep the temp directly around it a good 10 degree cool, however it also keeps the plant soaking wet. This Masd. dropped all it's blooms, so I took the water out of it to dry the poor thing out. I have been putting about 3 ice cubes in the clay pot hoping to keep it cool enough. Probably won't work, so my first orchidacide - not counting stepping on Maura's. It looks much better than it was looking soaking wet, but still, I feel that it's days are numbered.