Orchidaceae

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18 Aug 2010
Classic White Phalaenopsis
Molbak’s Nursery, Woodinville, WA

I used a somewhat open f6.3 in ambient light trying to capture the petal separation yet create a bit of bokeh in the background. The intended focal target was the lip tendrils on the center bloom.

I can’t believe how difficult it was for me to render white on white. It took hours and many iterations. Maybe I need new glasses.

The Greek myth of Orchis explains the origin of the plants. Orchis, the son of a nymph and a satyr, came upon a festival of Dionysios (Bacchus) in the forest. He drank too much, and attempted to rape a priestess of Dionysios. For his insult, he was torn apart by the Bacchanalians. His father prayed for him to be restored, but the gods instead changed him into a flower. (Oh, those drunken Greeks. Probably too much Ouzo.)

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