Sunday, March 29, 2009

Orchids

Seagrove, North Carolina is a small town known for its rich pottery traditions and many amazing, local potteries. But, on a recent trip I discovered another wonderful Seagrove site - the Seagrove Orchids. The greenhouse was filled with rows and rows of beautiful and colorful orchids. Of course, I immediately spazzed out with my camera!

My good ol' film camera did a great job of capturing the true colors of these amazing flowers. Besides a little cropping I kept the original photos...no fancy Photoshop coloring or black and white conversions. I love post-processing and coloring techniques, but my creative subconscious kept saying, "Let the subjects speak - leave it alone!" So I did...and I'm very glad.

While flipping through the photos I could literally smell fresh flowers. Crazy how photographs can play tricks on your senses. Here's to a bright week ahead and to remember to smell the flowers along the way.

38 comments:

Girl Japan said...

What at perfect time for an Orchid post! I would love to buy one.. but they are really expensive... esp me.. a BROWN.. DARK brown thumb.

Sharon said...

the next to last one is my favorite. You did a fine job!these would look lovely as prints

Munted kowhai said...

oh boy! i love orchids, they're so alien and variable.
i went to the singapore orchid gardens and it was jsut amazing.

M.Kate said...

One can never have enough of orchids..

Absolutely Fabulous said...

i love orchids!!!
and gorgeous photos!

trupeach said...

these are stunning; i am particularly fond of the pale yellow ones. what a lovely way to start the week!

cindy : quaint said...

these are absolutely gorgeous! i especially love the pale pink and yellow.

nkp said...

These are incredible, really, they are! Obviously, the flowers are beautiful, but you did a fabulous job of capturing them on film. Seriously, your photography skills are enviable!

Tina { Luphia Loves... } said...

orchids are so beautiful! my mum loves them and she has like 10 pots around the house!!

jae said...

Love orchids and these look beautiful. You were right to let them speak, but isn't photoshop so much fun to play with?

Victoria said...

You did a wonderful job of capturing their magical beauty! Gorgeous!

Vana said...

what lovely shots! I am longing for spring with all it's colors:)

citysage said...

Gorgeous photos! They make me want to get my hands in some dirt and grow things!

I just love the smell of greenhouses and flower shops...it's unlike any other in the world!

Sal said...

Orchids are the most magical of flowers, if you ask me. Love these images!

Joyce said...

Ditto! Your camera and you did a fabulous job on the photos! Simply beautiful!!

Enjoy! xoxo

annechovie said...

These photos are so gorgeous! I love orchids. Thank you for sharing your trip.

Julia said...

These are YOURS? darling, please tell you do photography as a profession :) I loved all the orchids, they're a favorite of mine. The second photo down is so dreamy!

Chessa! said...

ohmy. there are no words to describe this magical place or these images. I wish I was there right now.

please sir said...

Thank you so much! I appreciate all the photo support.

Phone with a Cord said...

You should look at this http://men.style.com/video/obsessives/obsessives/3000755001/obsessives-rogan-gregory-/3168434001 it is pretty funny. It is kind of part of my job to look at things like this all day, so I thought of this from a while back when I saw this post :)

Lori Anderson Designs said...

My father grew orchids all during my early childhood. He built his own greenhouse, and I think he had 200 orchids, all different types. They were lovely, but I hated going to greenhouses on vacations at age eight!

Simple Answer said...

I am crazy for orchids!

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This is soooo beautiful! I love the orchids, so so pretty! You have a very lovely blog :)


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josephine said...

these are gorgeous, diana!

drollgirl said...

GAAAAAAAAAHHH!!! these are so gorgeous. it is funny that you posted this. i am working on a painting with orchids in it, and it is HARD to paint orchids. but i am going to make it happen. and hopefully it turns out like i am wanting it to!

Rachel said...

The photos are beautiful! I love orchids, but I have an unfortunate track record of killing them almost instantly, despite owning numerous books on orchid care. I've finally given up.

Diana said...

these are beautiful!!

thanks for the lovely comment :)

picciolo said...

wow your photos are amazing! They don't need photoshop anywhere near them
: )

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I bought an orchid around this time last year...at a similar looking place to Seagrove (but in NJ) and was DETERMINED to take good care of it to get it to bloom again. I'm happy to say... a year later, and many loving fertilizing sessions later...There's new blooms on that there orchid of mine. Yay! Hopefully they open...

These lovely photos leave me wanting more (photos, and orchids. :-)

Crave said...

Beautiful photos!! Wish I had a green thumb!

hmstrjam said...

so beautiful! i need the love package to drop a note for these beauties!

Krissy said...

gorgeous shots! i can almost smell them here too :)

{lovely little things} said...

So gorgeous!

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

These are stunning -- I love seeing how your photography is evolving... are you still taking your class?

Jules said...

absolutely gorgeous!

shi(f)t said...

i LOVE orchids! if onyl i could keep them alive...:(

monaluna said...

your photographs are just beautiful! i love it that you acutally used... film! *gasp!*

fly tie said...

they're so clear and vivid. i really like the first shot. flowers are so amazing.

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