Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Friday Flower Fiesta — Orchids at the San Diego Zoo

Friday Flower Fiesta

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

I go to a lot of orchid shows each year. Recently I found some of the most unusual orchids I’ve ever seen, and it wasn’t at a show. It was at the San Diego Zoo! The Zoo is an internationally recognized botanic garden as well as a zoo, but orchids are not something that we see too many of in our desert climate.

When my blogging friend Barb Beacham and her husband came to San Diego on April 25 and 26, I was able to provide them with free tickets to the Zoo. I think I wore them out.

We discovered the new orchid greenhouses which are now open to the public, and today’s Friday Flower Fiesta is from the greenhouses.

Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

 Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

 Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Orchid at the San Diego Zoo

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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19 thoughts on “Friday Flower Fiesta — Orchids at the San Diego Zoo

  1. gimletsandfilm

    Great orchid shots. 🙂 I’m fortunate enough to work in the interior plant business and am spoiled to be able to shop in the San Francisco nurseries that are constantly stocked with exotic orchids such as these. Your photos reminded me to look more closely and to enjoy them next trip through rather than to pass them by in a rush.

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  2. lulu

    I have a couple of these blooming on my screened porch. Quite by accident I’ve found they thrive there and require very little care. Always love your photos!

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  3. Carol Page-Potter

    Lovely shots. There is a place not too far from where I live now called, Longwood Gardens, and they do an Orchid Extravaganza every year – it is quite a sight. Wouldn’t it be great to see some of these beauties in their natural habitat?

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  4. RobynG

    Lovely orchids. I have never mastered growing them. So unfortunate because I too love to photograph them. I saw your mention of Longwood Gardens above. A favorite place to visit! Blessings, Robyn

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