I realized I labeled the photo of the day for May 5, 2010 as May 6. So the picture of my cute kitten is actually for May 5. Here are my photos of the last few days – which I would upload sooner if it wasn’t for dial-up Internet that doesn’t allow me to upload photos, or even send emails these days.
May 6, 2010
Water droplet hanging off an orchid.
May 7, 2010
Spinning around at the Amherst fair.
May 8, 2010
Chocolate cake - well I guess it's really a tart.
May 9, 2010
Mom's beautiful and delicious bread.
May 10, 2010
Two male ducks. A macro lens would have made this photo more interesting, as I should keep distance from animals.
I had lots of fun shooting some frames of my mom’s Oncidium Twinkle ‘Fragrance Fantasy’ yellow orchid. She really only wanted two photos but I shot around thirty frames. Her are a few.
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January 9, 2010
Meet the orchid Cattleya – the subject today’s photo of the day.
Cattleya orchid in the sun.
I’m not an orchid fanatic or anything, but I did write an essay on orchids for a science class in high school. The assignment was to feature any organism on a regional, national, and global scale and take an important account of their environment. Here’s a an excerpt from the essay.
Orchids (Orchidaceae) are perennial plants cherished for their beautiful and sometimes fragrant three-petal flowers. They are commonly associated with originating from the tropics of Central and South America, Africa, Madagascar, Asia, New Guinea, and Australia, but are native to temperate zones in North America and Europe. For hundreds of years explorers and horticulturists have journeyed all over the world to discover orchids, mesmerized by their intricate beauty, gathering them from mysterious jungles, striving to recreate their natural habitats and use hybridization in order to grow these wondrous organisms. Because many orchids, such as the Cypripedium acaule of New England, the Encyclia tampensa of Florida, and the Vanilla planifolia of Mexico are native to such diverse regions of the world, they must adapt to their environment as well as their pollinators in distinct ways.
Orchids are monocots, flowering plants that have a single leaf (cotyledon) in the seed and floral parts in compounds of three. Monocots are generally herbaceous as opposed to trees, which do not lack wood. There is one germinating pore for their pollen grains. Other examples of monocots are all grasses, rice, wheat, and corn, lilies, and the vascular, palm trees.
Not too shabby for a kid.