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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Orchid Exhibition

There are many things to do and see at any given time in Cuenca. Many to these things are free or at the very least, inexpensive. Usually we get the most pleasure from wandering out of doors, enjoying the river, roaming neighbourhoods and catching up on our vitamin D, but every once in a while there is something so tempting that we actually head to places that we avoid the rest of the time. In this case it was the mall.

Now we don't have anything against the mall, per se, but with so many vendors in our own little part of the city, we just don't feel the need to go there (pay more) and have North American style clothes, but they held an Orchid Exhibition there for a week, so we couldn't resist going and checking it out. It had the added bonus of also hosting the Cuenca Bonsai Society which was unbeknownst to us at the time. The cost was $2 per ticket and the venue offered hundreds of specimens from all over the world. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

While the set up was a little counter intuitive, using bright coloured accessories and coloured lights which tended to draw away from the amazing colours of the flowers themselves, for the most part the exhibition was fantastic.

This one was teeny, like the size of a finger nail!

At the end, visitors were led to the prerequisite sales area which also housed the Bonsai Society, so we got to see a good selection of trees and bushes patiently reared over many years. (Of which I have no pictures for some inexplicable reason. The Orchid Exhibition is an annual event and well worth a visit, if you get a chance next year.

To the people mired down with the prospect of fast approaching winter, you're welcome. There are places in the world where flowers bloom all year round and where the idea of snow is fantastical, mysterious and mildly folkloric.

Until next time, be well, pray for peace, or if not that at least good sense from our leaders. (Is that a paradox??? I think so!)

1 comment:

  1. Great looking pictures, amazing how many different types there are.