Queen of the Nymphs

This is my first one. The first one I have ever seen, much less, in it’s native lands. What a lucky find for me in Indonesia! The Nelumbo nucifera, or Lotus flower, was originally name in the genus of Nymphaea, or Water Lilly, only to be re-classified very recently. And, why this re-classification, you might ask? Wow. Check this out: The Lotus Flower is discovered to have thermoregulating powers. The Lotus warms itself, much like a human, to about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (and, thereabouts) during the pollination season to keep itself warm for it’s insect pollinators! What?? Thought by the Greeks to be goddesses of the Springs to compliment the gods of the Rivers, they still have their peacock proud, majestic, nympho-like allure, don’t they? Nelumbo or not.

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Orchids In Their Natural Habitat

Last year I travelled to the island of Bali in Indonesia and climbed (on the back of a motorcycle, mind) to the mountains outside of Ubud to see the orchids at the Botanic Garden of Ubud. The orchids were everywhere growing, as the imagination might perceive, all over the trees. It was wonderful to see this elusive plant thriving in it’s natural habitat…without the instruction manual and the calendar marks for spraying mist, etc. This photo above is merely one sample. Can anyone name that orchid?