I Heart Macro – Buds

“This bud’s for you!”  No, not that bud–flower buds! (sorry!)  Its that strange time of year when hints of spring are everywhere, but where we get snow, hail,  rain and even sunshine all in one day.

yellow flower buds

forsythia buds

flower buds


fir tree

fir tree buds

cherry tree buds

cherry tree buds

cherry tree buds

Rhododendron buds



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Orchid Blooms

{Monday Meanderings: Musings & Observations From Beyond the Bead Studio}

Two Blooming Orchids!

I’ve been growing orchids on my kitchen window sill for about 10 years now.  My husband gave me a new Phalaenopsis (aka: Moth Orchid) for my birthday.  It was blooming in September when I received it and, amazingly, it is blooming again now. The fuchsia and yellow colors are so bold and bright in the middle of a long gray Pacific Northwest winter.  I get a little boost of joy every time I see it.

Blooming yellow and pink Phalaenopsis orchid

I also have an Ocidium Orchid (aka:  Dancing Dolls) that is just about to bloom.  With the buds still closed, I’ve grown to appreciate the stem structure.  It looks like a beautiful Chinese brush painting.  There are over 50 little buds on this–I started counting them and gave up at 50!  When they bloom, the flowers will be bright yellow with burnt orange markings.  In Central America, they are nicknamed “Huevos con Chorizo” (eggs and sausage).

yellow buds on an orchid branch