Orchid Fair

Spring in Sydney starts on 1 September but nature does not obey our official calendar and it was 20ºC on this sunny Sunday when my friends and I visited the St. Ives Orchid Fair.

I do not own a car so I was grateful to Ben and Ang who invited me along.  These shows tend to be located in out of the way places; this time in a couple of tin sheds at the St. Ives Show Ground.

There were so many orchids both in variety and number that one hardly knows where to focus.  I felt disadvantaged by my lack of knowledge but was able to enjoy the displays.

Here is a fraction of the photographs I took.  The setting was as ugly as can be and some of the decorations detracted from the beauty of the blooms.   Fortunately I can eliminate them from the closeups but they remain in the longer shots.

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Winner despite the inclusion of ugly decorations and white gum leaf shaped labels with red, yellow and blue dots on them.  I had to edit out the dots; they drove me mad.

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Fortunately the camera can seek out the elegant from the gaudy.

 

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The vendors had a great day too but we didn’t buy.  Everything I liked was too expensive.  :(

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One of my favourites: an unusual green and purple

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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8 Responses to Orchid Fair

  1. Sunshine Jansen says:

    Wow, some of those I’d scarcely recognize as orchids! I too have a special fondness for green ones with purple accents; those are lovely.

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  2. angela1313 says:

    I love orchids but have no room. My cousin in Florida had a sheltered patio area were he grew them in profusion. They got moved into the sunroom during the odd cold snap. I was so envious! Lou never had anything as exotic as the ones you photographed, though.

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  3. A good set, Mary. I like the close-ups, especially the last and fourth from last; but you need some of the others for context, and you have done well with those

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  4. arlingwoman says:

    Such beautiful plants and such variety! Thanks for the tour!

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