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Snapdragons in vase by LODE.

Antique coffee table by Apple Fall (currently available at Men Only Monthly).


Additional credits:

Hardwick Manor, Period Fireplace, Books occasional table, Fairfax chairs, Botanical prints, assorted books -- Apple Fall

Phalaenopsis in glass case -- NOMAD

Opulent Half-Moon Table RARE, Parlor rug -- Fancy Decor

Framed Ballerinas -- Tres Blah

Storyteller's Burrow - Pipe Set -- 8f8

Anastasia Light Sofa (modified to darken wood trim), Blinds (modified) -- Scarlet Creative

Wood mirror -- Aisling

Kira potted orchid -- Aria


Subfamily: Epidendroideae Tribe: Vandeae SubTribe: Aeridinae

Genus: Phalaenopsis Species: Phal. fuscata


{Information compiled from various sources. Unfortunately, not much on wikipedia.}


The Darkened Phalaenopsis is found in shady forests of Sumatra, Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo and the Philippines at elevations from sea level to 1000 meters (3,280 ft). It is an epiphyte (grows on other trees) with small to medium size flowers of about 3.75 cm across (1 1/2 inches).


It likes hot to warm temperatures and blooms from spring to summer on a lateral inflorescence about 45 cm long (18 inches), with 2 to 3 flowers each branch. The flowers are waxy and fragrant, and they open successively over a long period.


This photo is in my Wild Orchids set.

This was taken more than 2 years ago using my ex-Canon 350D using its kit lens. I were browsing my old photos and stumbled upon this shot and I thought I reprocessed it with new found PS skills since then.


I used a piece of black cloth to wrap the pot and as a background. Then I darkened the shadows to obtain the current effect with some cloning here and there to remove the creasing.


Explored on 2nd December, 2008, highest at # 243.

Well, Trust everyone had a great weekend.... Did an everglades photo tour a few weeks back for Mr, Josh from cleveland .Wasn't the best of weather, so we decided to do some macro in the downtime, while dark, overcast and windy skies precluded us from shooting some wildlife. Macro photography, with flash etc, requires some patience, and understanding how to work with the conditions we had. We actually used the ambient lighting to our advantage, as we also used reflectors etc... Overall, quite happy with our results... We did mange to capture some fantastic images while in the glades,.. so this week will be the Everglades Series... Please click on image to darken the frame.

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Recently found weather dogging one of my Everglades tours, so after dodging rain for most of the weekend... Lo and behold... right in my own patio, were orchids, that were just begging for some light, and attention.... So here's another on of the many beauties i had this season.. This Phalaenopsis Orchid - Cream/White/Green, has had a banner year.. over thrithy bloom, on the one orchid this year art one time... Seems that my repotting, fertilizer , and TLC paid off this year.... So when your weather is less than perfect, , and mother nature throws ya a curve ball, make the most out of what you have to photograph... Lucky for Rambo our Boxer, as we had him in our sights as well... but we spared him the "Canon", as the orchids just cooperated , and were too easy to pass up!! Off to Camp, and landscape in northern west florida.... Chasing the pastels, the water, and light... have a Great weekend! Please darken the image by clicking on it...

"Purple Orchid"


A symbol of rare beauty

Exotic. Delicate. Mysterious

Precious, in every way

Lost in a tropical land of

Purple Haze,

I am there

Whispering with a tinge of

Innocence yet wild

With passionate dark desires.

A calm stability of blue and

The fierce energy of red

Stimulating mystery and thrill,

A darkened flower

Of refined passion

With strikingly lush petals,


In his mind,

I am


Purple Orchid

By: Faranani Mulaudzi (SA)


This is a Phalaenopsis Hybrid in bloom at home.

Photoshopped slightly to darken the background.

Taken with Busch Pressman Model D with Wollensak Raptar f47 135mm lens. I used Arista Professional 125 film. The background was darkened using PS.

Title: California greenhouse pests and their control

Identifier: californiagreenh0713prit

Year: 1949 (1940s)

Authors: Pritchard, A. Earl (Arthur Earl), 1915-1965

Subjects: Insect pests; Greenhouse plants

Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : California Agricultural Experiment Station, College of Agriculture, University of California

Contributing Library: University of California, Davis Libraries

Digitizing Sponsor: University of California, Davis Libraries


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Text Appearing Before Image:

Fig. 4. Deep pits and silvering of the leaf caused by the phalaenopsis mite.


Text Appearing After Image:

Fig. 3. The privet mite: adult female. Important Greenhouse Species Privet mite, Brevipalpus inornatus (Banks). Adult is bright red with a cen- tral darkening which forms two eye-like spots. The privet mite occurs on the un- dersurface of leaves. It is particularly destructive to azaleas and fuchsias in Cali- fornia greenhouses, although a number of other hosts have been noted. Moderate to severe damage has been observed by a closely related species which feeds on several different orchids, while still another species is a pest of greenhouse palms. Other Species Found In California Greenhouses Phalaenopsis mite, Tenuipalpus pacificus Baker, is yellowish or reddish in color. It occurs only on phalaenopsis orchids, forming deep pits on the upper surface of the leaves. This species is found infrequently in California greenhouses, but it is a serious pest when present. CONTROL The false spider mites are not affected by the organic phosphate acaricides that are so effective for spider mites. Very little information on their control is available. Dimethyl carbinol has proved to give ex- cellent control experimentally. 1. Sulfur or lime-sulfur: reported to give satisfactory control. (See page 59.) 2. Light oil with rotenone: effective control. (See page 56.) [8]


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Wednesday 17th August 2016


Annoyingly, I knocked one of the flowers off my purple phalaenopsis this morning. Rather than waste it, I took the opportunity to make it my photograph of the day.

I'm off to the hospital shortly for my second eye injection, so wish me luck. The last one was no problem whatsoever, so I'm hoping this will be the same. I shall be spending the rest of the afternoon in a darkened room though.