Sunday, March 21, 2010

Wild Orchids and a Couple Ants


In addition to the starfish-snarfing gull in the post below, today we came across ~ 50 calypso orchids. This was a pleasant surprise...I'm always excited to see wild orchids and this one might possibly be the prettiest I've seen yet. It's quite a looker, eh? Today's Flowers, Macro Monday

Lots of stuff blooming in the forests, things I don't know the names for of course. I didn't get any pictures of the skunk cabbage (got tired of changing lenses so often) but they were everywhere. This yellow flower I believe was some sort of holly. Mellow yellow
And this one below? Not sure, but I really liked it. It was tiny and quite perfect!

54 comments:

Lucy Corrander said...

The orchid is so well named! I was thinking to myself that, with its pretty skirts and sideways tilt, it seems to be dancing - and then I read that it is - it's calypsoing!

Lucy

Irene said...

Very beautiful Orchids .. we also got wild Orchids, but not that beautiful. It's snowing again today, the winter won't let the spring in. So the our Orchids have to wait some more time to get up :o(
Wish you a great Sunday!

NatureFootstep said...

So much beauty. And a great shot of the ants. Ants is very hard to photograph. :(

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jill: Really beautiful captures of the flowers and those ants are really special macros.

reanaclaire said...

what an exotic orchid!

Jenn said...

Yes, I really love the ant photo. Great capture indeed.

wenn said...

i love orchids!

chubskulit said...

Beautiful shots!

Here's my entry for Today's Flower, have a blessed Sunday!

Dominic Gendron said...

Those orchids are very nice, great images. :)

Denise said...

Fantastic! Your macro's are very impressive and gorgeous flower shots. Thanks for sharing.

Juliana RW said...

Wow..that is the kind of orchid that I don't have :D Gorgeous shots

My entry this week: Spring Garden Exhibition. I hope you have time to visit as well. Thanks.

Clytie said...

Orchids are so beautiful. Too cold to grow them here in the wild. So I will content myself with the beauty of yours!

Pat said...

Gorgeous, Jill! I've never seen an orchid in the wild...this one has lovely purple colors in it. I really like the last photo of little bluish purple flowers, too. It's amazing-- the beauty we find in wildflowers.

Al said...

Incredible, beautiful photographs.

Randi said...

These orchids are so beautiful. We have wild orchids close to my house, but they are not as beautiful as these. I love the shot of the ants - great capture!

Randi said...

These orchids are so beautiful. We have wild orchids close to my house, but they are not as beautiful as these. I love the shot of the ants - great capture!

Carletta said...

Beautiful shots!
Love the ant shot - super macro!

Ebie said...

Hi Jill, I have always admired your photography! These wild orchids are just stunning!

And the oh-so-cute seals are just gorgeous! Oh wait, the bird-eating starfish, whoa! magnificent!

Carolyn Ford said...

Such beauty! And, your photography is too! These are just exquisite!

Maria said...

The orchids are really beautiful! Also the other flowers. The ants are cool!
Do you use a zoom lense or a lense with a fixed focal length?
Have a nice week!

joey said...

Love orchids and this is indeed a beauty! So enjoyed my first visit ... your photos are lovely, Jill!

Stephanie V said...

You have wild orchids? How wonderful...and how beautiful they are!

Kathy said...

Those wild orchids are absolutely gorgeous. If the yellow flowers with the ants are on a bush, it is more than likely desert sage. Here in Arizona we are covered with it right now. And the last little purple flower is so dainty and beautiful. I would love to stumble across one of those someday!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Really lovely images, even of the ants. I like the way you capture your flowers in such a natural way~

Judy said...

Those are beautiful orchids! And the ants give scale to the yellow flowers! They are positively tiny!

Debbie said...

I love those Orchid shots! Happy Monday to you:)

life's journey said...

Wow it looks pretty orchids. happy MYM! Mine is up.

Mama Zen said...

I love that last one!

Dinah said...

Love the flowers :-) Since I love gardening, my dearest wish is to grow them in my garden. here is my Mellow Yellow

Liz @ MLC said...

They are gorgeous! Happy MYM,

Mine is here.

Kala said...

Gorgeous! How I long to see wild orchids blooming.

LadyFi said...

Stunning orchid photos! And I love the delicate ant on those cheerful yellow flowers too.

CafebyJW said...

Beautiful indeed!

Sunshine Award
Mellow Yellow Monday

Shelle said...

beautiful, beautiful, and beautiful....you're pictures are really wonderful. my mum & dad were big orchid & bonsai fans, and my brother was a mini cactus collector.

NicoleB said...

Beautiful macros!
The orchids are amazing and the ants oh so busy :D

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and lovely shots !!

January said...

Big WOW! very stunning color! I lvoe it!

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Jama said...

The color of the first flower are so gorgeous, vibrant and alive!

Arija said...

Superb photos! What a thrillto find so many wild orchids all together.
So many of our ground orchids have had their habitat destroyed by housing and road building. A sad indictment on the ever escalating population growth.

Greyscale Territory said...

Those orchids are alive with beauty but the buttery yellow one + ants is decidedly creepy beautiful! Great shots!

Anne said...

Awesome! Really love orchids, we have that kind when i was in Philippines. They are lovely as best gift from GOD.
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jay said...

Wow, look at those ants!! I love that picture! I believe the yellow flower might be mahonia. The leaves are a similar shape to holly, and prickly, but arranged differently on the shrub, and the flowers can be exactly like that depending on the variety.

There's a good page on it at missouriplants dot com, if you look for Mahonia aquifolium on page four of 'yellow flowers, leaves alternate'. Click the picture for the page of info.

Colleen said...

I love the ant photo and the last shot as well. It's easy to miss the beauty of the little things if you don't get up close and personal. That's what makes macro shots so great.

The Learning Center said...

Beautiful orchids.Lovely shots. Great macro on ants!

Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a great week.

Mrs. M

Don't Bug Me! said...

So, I have been through all the macro shots posted so far, and this week you get my vote for best shot - the third orchid picture, with the black background. Gorgeous.

Amanda said...

Beautiful! Love the orchids and you captured the ants so well!

Maria said...

Very beautiful. I love Orchids:)

Marice said...

cant help myself not to repeat them but those are really beautiful :)

u may view mine here

Tammie Lee said...

Jill, you posted my favorite flower, the lovely and sweetly scented fairyslipper. I look forward to them gracing our forests, but we are at least a month away. Your yellow flowers, well there is a good chance it is Orgegon Grape, which is also a medicinal plant. The little lavender flowers are sweet as can be. I wonder what they are too.

Rambling Woods said...

Those are so beautiful and I love the surprise in the insects...

Marites said...

really pretty flowers! I especially like the orchids and the yellow ones with the insects.

Andree said...

What beautiful colors you captured! The orchids are stunning, the ants . . . I love photographing them. They are fascinating.

Maia said...

Your orchid is beautiful and the other flowers too. What a perfect macro of the ant. Thanks for sharing.

Ann said...

wow! you macro photo with the ants is really sharp.

Your orchids, are they grown in a greenhouse? My parents used to grow them in Borneo.