One of many hundreds — possibly thousands — of photos I’ve taken of orchids down at the US Botanic Garden in DC over the years, but I think that this is my favorite shot of them all. I love the glowing colors, this particular bloom, the overall composition, the shallow depth of field — and the dreamy, almost painterly quality of the image. All that’s missing from this image is the amazing scent, wafting through the air.
Photo info: Yellow orchid Annual Orchid Exhibit — US Botanic Garden Washington, DC March 2014 Leica Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH lens Leica M240 digital camera
However, I haven’t visited the USBG orchid show since 2018. 2019 was when they went to the alternate exhibit space in the National Portrait Gallery (which I’ve been to in the past and didn’t enjoy), and last year — 2020 — the pandemic struck just before they opened the exhibit in the primary space at the USBG building — so I missed that one. I just checked the USBG website and they are not having the orchid show at all for 2021.
For me, the annual orchid show is a huge harbinger of spring. The gorgeous colors, the heavenly scents, the incredibly varied plants and blooms… it’s a very heady experience and one that I find incredibly enjoyable.
I hope that they have the orchid show next year, in 2022. If so, I’ll definitely be attending with my camera and watercolor field kit in hand!
Image info: Orchids US Botanic Garden — Washington, DC February 2018 Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM lens Sony a6300 camera