Orchid still life 0794_StaatsI took some time this morning to photograph at the McNeely Conservatory at Como Park.  Their winter flower show is always a welcome breath of bright colors and greenery, helping us get through the cold months of winter and snow.  I spent over an hour in the Sunken Garden photographing the pink cyclamen, the blue pansies, and the gold and maroon primroses that were all blooming brightly.  And I was joined by many others too as we all were soaking in the promise of spring.  As I was leaving the gardens I noticed a collection of orchids that were arranged on a table near the exit.  There was nothing special about them, but they caught my eye.  The diffused light was coming in at an angle across the hallway, and it appeared to me that the orchids had arranged themselves.  Their delicate stems gracefully supported the blossoms that arched upward as well as the blossoms that hung delicately over the edge of one of the pots.  Their casual arrangement struck me as a beautiful sight – a pleasant contrast to the planned and orderly display of flowers in the Sunken Garden.

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