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30DOC – Origami Butterflies … Day 6

Sunday is the sixth day of July and I’m still folding a paper butterfly in my 30 Days Of Creativity.DSC00101

THE BUTTERY YELLOW JENNY FLUTTERBY

Since I fold them, I get to name them. And please note that the names have no relationship to any butterfly living or dead.  Some I name on whim, some for a friend and this one for my niece and godchild who called butterflies FLUTTERBYS.

And here is a photo of a real butterfly that actually can be seen flying around Missouri.MoBut1

THE BLACK SWALLOW

I’ve actually seen these in my backyard. But not often.

And where would the butterflies be without the blossoms in my garden. Here’s what was blooming today …DSC00090

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WORDLESS WEDNESDAY – JUST ORCHIDS

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MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN 2014 ORCHID SHOW

WORDLESS WEDNESDAYS: Winter Break

Missouri Botanical Garden - Orchids

Missouri Botanical Garden – Orchids

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

This week, show us a photo of whatever you’d like, but make sure it’s saturated. It can be black and white, a single color, a few hues, or a complete rainbow riot; just make sure it’s rich and powerful. 

CLF2CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL – MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN

(Click on photo for larger brighter image.)

WORDLESS WEDNESDAYS – CUDDLY CACTI

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WORDLESS WEDNESDAYS – PRICKLY STAYCATION

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

 
COLOR

 

Sometimes, Mother Nature supplies all the color you could possible want.

Tropical Orchids – Missouri Botanical Garden 2013

Photo © Arele 2013

THE RUNNER-UP

When I was picking out a photo for my WORDLESS WEDNESDAY post today I was looking for something that would brighten up  a rather bleak and bland late winter day that was being punctuated with intermittent snow showers. My first choice was this photo.

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It’s a picture I took a couple of weeks ago during a visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden. While most visitors were concentrating on the superb annual orchid display, I stepped out to visit the Linnean House.

(Built in 1882, the Linnean House is the oldest continuously operated public greenhouse west of the Mississippi River.)LinnaenHouse1890

Every February, the camellias that grow there are in full bloom. DSC05476

And since the camellia is the floral symbol of the Chinese New Year, I wanted to capture a few pictures of them.  新年快乐 Even though the official New Year celebration ended two days ago. So why did the camellias come in second to Mlle. Renee and the gladioli? Well, I thought Renee told a better story without words for Wordless Wednesday. BTW, my original title of the photo with Renee smelling the glads is TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES, which really doesn’t make any sense at all.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

THE ROAD TO MADAGASCAR!

DSC05472Yesterday, my longtime friend Bill and I went to the Missouri Botanical Garden’s 2013 Orchid Show which was themed MADAGASCAR. Madagascar is a tropical island country in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, and many artifacts from that country were displayed among the exhibit of orchids. Enough for words, check the pictures. You can enlarge any picture by clicking on it.

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DSC05460It was really a fantastic exhibit!

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WORDLESS WEDNESDAYS 2/13

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