Visiting a conservatory is one of my favorite winter survival tools. It’s like going on a mini-vacation to the tropics without having to board a plane. When I entered the conservatory at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens near Charlotte, North Carolina, the exotic perfume of blooming orchids filled the air.

Orchids were everywhere – in pots on the floor, nestled into tree branches, and growing up the walls of waterfalls.

prolific bloomers

I loved that there were no “Do not touch” signs. Like me, this little girl was drawn to the scent of a low-hanging flower from the Hong Kong Orchid Tree.

girl smelling blossom

It was a delight to bathe in vibrant colors – purple, lavender, yellow, orange, pink – so rare in nature during winter.

A red dot of color adds zing to the tip of a bromeliad leaf:

bromeliad leaf tip

A heliconia flower burns like a flame among green foliage:


It was not only the colors that were vibrant – even the shapes of flowers and leaves, the folds of petals, serrations of leaves, spikiness of branches, added vibrant life force. These orchids were mostly white with just a touch of yellow but the luscious, ruffled shape of their petals spelled complexity and romance:


Waterfalls added the bright sound of splashing water and enlivened the air with moisture:

purple orchids and waterfall

Strategically placed art work provided delightful surprises, such as this statue of vividly colored glass among the trees:

glass sculpture

Several photographs of orchid close-ups invited visitors to examine the hidden details of these mysterious flowers:

arbor and orchid pic

I just kept smiling, smelling, admiring and touching – a few hours filled with vibrancy at the conservatory.

The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge theme: Vibrant.

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37 Responses to Vibrant

  1. Beautiful photographs !

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  2. Indeed, that is truly vibrant, next to kindness, beauty is such an amazing thing to share.

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  4. Gorgeous photos! I need to get over to our conservatory soon, thank you for the reminder 😉

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  5. So much beauty, Annette. Thanks for sharing your vibrant images. 🙂

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  6. shoreacres says:

    The white-and-yellow-touched orchids reminded me of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art. And I love that there aren’t any “Do Not Touch” signs. What a beautiful place it is. Your photos certainly do it justice.

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  7. Beautiful! I love going to botanical garden conservatories in winter too. I love your orchid photos, especially the first one and the white and yellow one near the bottom. 🙂

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  8. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Beautifully vibrant. I felt I was there with you!

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  9. Vibrant and soothing. Taking a tour with you was almost as good as being there! Thanks for sharing Annette!

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  10. de Wets Wild says:

    They are such spectacular plants, but seem to require a much more expert hand than mine to allow them to thrive.

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  11. Annette, how I envy your vibrant visit. They are spectacular. I can see why a visit is one of your favorite winter survival tools. lol

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    • Yup – at least once each winter 🙂 Now that the Zika virus is taking over, trips to the Caribbean are becoming dangerous – perhaps?


      • No, I really don’t think so, Annette. I am so confused about the sudden media hype over the Zika virus. It has been around since 1948. With our recent epidemics of Chikungunya and Dengue, which in my opinion are more painful and serious than Zika, I can’t understand why Zika gets all the attention, especially with NO verifiable link between Zika and Microcephaly.


  12. saine13 says:

    Such pretty colours of flowers and glass. Lovely.

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  13. Julie says:

    Such beauty! I can almost hear the water trickling down that stone wall. My local botanic gardens, which I’m fortunate to live close to, is my place of escape in the city. I visit frequently because the sites, smells, sounds and calmness ground me. I especially love your image of the young girl taking special notice of the orchid and breathing in it’s fragrance. Beautiful.

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  14. Great photos, all the colours are just beautiful!


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