Plastic and rust, and Japanese vanilla

Botanica, the botanical garden in Wichita, has installed a number of sculptures in the gardens. Most range from “meh” to kitschy. I rarely bother to include them in my photographs. Currently the people who run the institution are installing a bunch of figures made of Legos in awkward spots through the grounds, such as the pansy above. I hope they’re temporary. They have novelty value and might attract a few additional visitors to the gardens, but there are much more interesting things you can do with Legos.

Unfortunately not temporary are the panels at the south entrance of the not-particularly-Shakespearean garden. They’ve been there as long as I’ve visited Botanica, and they look a little worse every year. (Right-click and open in a new window to see at maximum ugliness.)

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Orchid society meeting, October 21

Dendrobium “Thai Jewel”

At Botanica in Wichita.

I get tired of lugging the tripod along on photo expeditions, so I’ve been looking for alternative methods of taking close-ups. All but the last picture here were taken with an inexpensive but quite nice 18-55mm zoom lens, with a diffuser on the hotshoe flash. The real test of the system will come at the orchid show in two weeks.

As always, click to enlarge and see in better color. To see at full size, right-click and open in a new window.

Catasetum “Frilly Doris”
Catasetum “Frilly Doris”
Bulbophyllum hybrid
Bulbophyllum hybrid
Bulbophyllum hybrid
Bulbophyllum hybrid
Dendrobium “Thai Jewel”
Dendrobium “Thai Jewel”
Epidendrum porpax
Epidendrum porpax
Odontocidium “Wildcat”
Odontocidium “Wildcat”
Odontocidium “Wildcat”
Odontocidium “Wildcat”
Oncidium “Twinkle”
Another orchid
Red leaf

Is it possible to take hand-held photos with a macro lens and flash? Yes, it is, but it’s difficult to hold the camera still enough to focus continuously on the right spot. These were taken with my 100mm lens. (These were taken at home, not at Botanica.)

The knight is four inches tall.

Sulcorebutia at eight months

Botanica, October 13

Pictures from another damp, dreary morning. As usual, click to enlarge and see in better color.

A golf cart load of light bulbs

Tricyrtis 1
Tricyrtis 4
Tricyrtis 3
Tricyrtis 2

Rudbeckia, pumpkins
Euphorbia cotinifolia
Euonymus bungeanus “Verona” 2
Euonymus bungeanus “Verona” 1

Asclepias curassavica
Artemesia mauiensis

Botanica, September 22

Victoria amazonica, ducks

Pictures from a dull, overcast day.

Victoria amazonica
Tricyrtis 2
Tricyrtis 1
Poncirus trifoliata
Passiflora caerula
Artemesia mauiensis
Artemesia mauiensis 2
Gomphocarpus physocarpus
Gomphocarpus physocarpus 2

Diospyros lotus
Big grass
Lespedeza thunbergii “Gibralter”
Lespedeza 2

Orchids, July 15

At the Kansas Orchid Society meeting at Botanica. The lighting in the hall was miserable, so I needed to use the camera’s built-in flash. As usual, click to embiggen and see with better color.


Encyclia (or Prosthechea) “Green Hornet”
Prosthechea cochleata


Botanica, July 15

Silphium? Helianthus?
Liatris, Phlox, Platycodon
Fountain, Grass
Fountain, Grass
Anisacanthus quadrifidus v. wrightii

Cactus and succulent show

Adenium obesum

Botanica, July 14, 2018.

Fuzzy opuntia
Parodia warasii, or Notocactus warasii
Echinocactus grusonii

Cactus show 2018

Botanica, July 7

As usual, click to embiggen and see with better color; right-click and open in a new window to see at full size (recommended for the vertical panoramas).

Botanica, May 7, 2018

Paeonia suffruticosa “Kokuryu-nishiki”

As always, click to embiggen.

Veronica “Snowmass”

Rose “Harison’s Yellow”
Rose “Harison’s Yellow”

Iris siberica “Victorian Secret”
Iris siberica “Victorian Secret”

Geranium sanguineum

Botanica, March 17

Click to embiggen.

Stacked focus close-ups are always iffy outdoors. If the images don’t line up well, use a lot of filters and pretend it’s art.


Prunus “Okame” reached peak bloom on a day when I could get to Botanica and the March wind wasn’t gale-force — a rare occurrence. As always, click the pictures to embiggen and see with richer color.

Orchids, mono and stereo

Tolumnia Pink Panther

At the orchid show last weekend, I got careless and took my checkbook along. Big mistake. I now have half a shelf of allegedly “easy” orchids under lights in my kitchen. As usual, click to embiggen.

To view a stereo picture, cross your eyes as you look at the image pair until you see three images. Focus on the center image, and the image should snap into three dimensions. It’s not difficult, but it does take a little practice.

Tolumnia Pink Panther — crossview stereo
Tolumnia Pink Panther — crossview stereo
Paphiopedilum (Lizard Lover x Macabre) x Paphiopedilum Hsinying Rubyweb ‘V-29’
Phalaenopsis Little Gem Stripe — crossview stereo
Vanda (Neofinetia) falcata
Phalaenopsis equestris, wilting flowers

Not pictured: the Masdevallia I took home. The dealer claims that he’s been able to accustom many pleurothallids to the Kansas climate. If I can keep this one thriving, I might try growing a Dracula species next year.

Update: Better pictures of Phalaenopsis equestris, and one of Masdevallia Redwing.

Phalaenopsis equestris. The flower is one inch wide.
Phalaenopsis equestris – crossview stereo
Masdevallia Redwing

Orchid show, odds and ends

Orchid for sale #6

Some of the orchids on the sale tables at the Kansas Orchid Society show, November 4-5, 2017, at Botanica in Wichita, Kansas.

Orchid for sale #1
Orchid for sale #2
Orchid for sale #3
Orchid for sale #4
Orchid for sale #5
Orchid for sale, #7
Orchid for sale #8
Orchid for sale, #9
Orchid for sale #10
Orchid for sale, #11
Orchid for sale #12
Orchid for sale #13
Happy Dracula
Fish-eye view of the sale tables

A couple of panoramas of the show. These are large pictures; right-click and open in a new window to see at full size.

Panorama 1
Panorama 2

Some low-resolution interactive panoramas of the orchid show. Click on the titles to see them in motion at their Flickr pages.

Orchid show 2017 C

Orchid show 2017 A

Orchid show 2017 B