Gray Day, Greenhouse

These photos were taken at the University of Washington Greenhouse, a facility primarily used for research. A local photography club I belong to made an arrangement with the manager, and we had a few hours amidst the collections on Sunday. The actual research areas were off limits.

The orchid on the top is Epidendrum nocturnum. The bottom orchid is a Bulbophyllum orchid; I don’t know which one. And the third photo is Spanish moss, Tillandsia usneoides, an epiphytic plant that anyone who’s spent time in America’s southeast knows well. I intentionally moved the camera on a long shutter speed for the second shot.

It was good to let gray skies disappear and lose myself in the tropics…a poor person’s vacation.


I can’t resist adding a few more – the greenhouse door from the inside;

a water lily (Nymphaea caerulea);

intertwined tropical leaves;

one of many hungry Nepenthes, a carnivorous plant fed with leftover caterpillars from research projects;

a posy of candy-colored Passionflowers floated in a bowl of water (like what my grandmother used to do with her rhodos!);

and a large tropical leaf shot from underneath (yes, the black dot is a bug). They maintain a very delicate balance in the greenhouse. Hopefully there are not so many pests that plants are destroyed, but not so few that bugs are absent. Natural pest control, not the sterile conditions that heavy use of chemical pest deterrents would create, is the goal.


  1. Wow, Lynn, these photos are fabulous. I love them all; and I especially like how you moved the camera intentionally on that second shot. The candy-colored passion flowers all afloat and the patterns on all the green leaves and mosses are so interesting in the photos. Wonderful. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Thank you – I’m kind of all over the map here, with the blurred photo, the “normal” photos, a B&W, and the saturated Passionflowers. I’m just not one to settle in to one style, at least not these days. So glad you like them.


    • Thank you. It’s interesting that you say that – we don’t have much sun for 3/4 of the year, though the summer is very sunny. So I really miss the sun, but you’re right, it makes for harsh light and it’s easier to work with an overcast sky. Thanks for reminding me – I try to remind myself but I forget! Your photos are wonderful.


  2. Loved looking at your superb photos there ! Such details and colours just what we need to erase the greys in all shades ๐Ÿ˜‰


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