Xmas orchid!

Dear All,

Was just walking through a forest in Nandi Hills where I came across this little green person clinging to a moss-covered tree. At first I walked by, then noticed the flowering spike and peered in for a closer look. Using a hand-lens loop magnifying glass, I saw that they tiny flowers of this orchid were as gorgeous and colourful as that of many other tropical species. It was so interesting, that I decided to sketch it and share it here.

An orchid from the Nandi Hills in Western Kenya...
An orchid from the Nandi Hills in Western Kenya...
Close-up of the flower 50x times larger than life-size!
Close-up of the flower 50x times larger than life-size!

A closer view of the flower revealed the most intricate arrangement of petals, and a strange deep red-purple ‘lip’ with a fringe of translucent hairs. Truly worth a closer look!

I hope that you will continue to read the blog and spare a moment for the small, but nonetheless important and beautiful creatures, all around us!

Happy Holidays and more from the world of bugs soon!

2 thoughts on “Xmas orchid!

  1. Now your drawings are as amazing as your photos.

    Thanks Dino for your postings thoughtout the year.

    Happy Holidays to you and looking forward to your blogs in 2011.

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