On our last day I finally agreed to go out on another bird walk. I amazed myself by actually seeing and photographing some of the birds. I can understand the intensity of my companions regarding the birds, there were so many varieties all around us. It is a life experience to be in a tropical environment that is at least partially intact.
Catteleya Orchid growing wild in Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest. The only other place I've seen this orchid is in the Orchid Show at the Botanical Gardens in New York.see them living wild in a natural environment. I get giddy knowing that orchids actually get to be a part of nature and not just a plant at the supermarket. That is unfair, that is how I got my orchids, but still it is wonderful to see them in their own environment.
These glorious trees are the best known floral spectacle in Brazil. All the flowers bloom at once, which prevents birds from eating too many of them before they have done their job of pollination. The blossoms blaze with color.
Reed Orchid, Epidendrum, with reed like stems, these orchids grow as epiphytes on trees or in the ground. Over 1000 species grow in tropical America. Named by Carolus Linnaeus in 1740, when he wrote "Species Orchidum" & established scientific names for orchid genes and species. Many reed orchids have small flowers vividly colored like the humming birds and butterflies that pollinate them.
July in Elsie Reford's Garden displays a panoply of beautifully colored azaleas. Grand -Métis is normally too cool for this plant, but these are protected by being in a dell. Still they grow in a more compact form than they would normally.