Some scenes from an early evening walk along the boardwalk at Asbury Park today…
My favorite shop for reflection pics is the Bodega Shoppe at the southernmost end of the boardwalk. There’s always something interesting on display in the window there… lately there’s this crazy looking bust with a curly wig that ends in a sailboat… fun! Reflected in the window are the happy people dining at Stella Marina (which has really nice homemade pasta, btw.)
The sky reflected in the windows of the north side of Convention Hall… the south side of the building’s been restored, but this side is still crumbling into the Atlantic bit by bit.
A new children’s water park—a water-filled playground where kids wade through shallow pools and run under a giant squirting watering can—sits just off the boardwalk, in view of the ocean. I need to find a stray kid so I can go…
I stumbled upon a jazz band playing a free concert in Convention Hall… Asbury, you just never know.
Back to Orchid Week.
Said to be fussy, we found Showy Lady’s Slippers growing in the dappled shade along someone’s driveway in Bailey’s Harbor, Wisconsin.
In someone’s driveway!
Like a common weed!
The location of the most prized orchids are oftentimes kept a secret so people won’t dig them up and carry them away. The kind people at The Ridges led us to these for photos.
Aren’t they pretty?
Ever seen any?
Wandering out to the driveway to see what I can find there…
Please go visit my big brother’s blog…
He FINALLY has an actual post up… some two years after threatening to start a blog of his own and leaving the occasional comment here as The Reluctant Chicken Farmer. Some of you know him from Facebook, too, and so know of his good sense of humor and tendency to rant. It promises to be a fun chicken blog once he finds his voice.
Stop in and welcome him to the blogosphere!
A wild rose torn to bits, then glued back together by someone who had never seen a flower before, might look something like a Grass Pink.
Isn’t that a great quote about a really odd-shaped flower?
Another orchid from The Ridges and one that I’ve seen here in NJ in the bogs of the Pine Barrens.
The upper petal should be triangular, according to the books, tho this one doesn’t look it; the important thing to know is that the bearded lip is the uppermost petal on a Grass Pink… the other pink bog orchids wear their beards on the lower lip.
What do you guys call that?
This might turn into orchid week here, so be warned…
Mostly I prefer simple common flowers, but orchids and their variety of forms can’t be denied.
Look at those sweetly twisted sepals!
I geeked out for a moment there. Sorry.
So… flower fanciers, which do you prefer: the pink or the yellow?
Yellow Lady’s Slipper Orchid photographed at The Ridges Sanctuary in Door County, Wisconsin.
I really, really like the yellow.