Ethereal Beauty

Last week I took you on a stroll through Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens in Coral Gables, Florida. This week I want to take you into the garden’s 16,000 sq. ft. Windows to the Tropics Conservatory. There the controlled environment shelters 1,900 plus cold-sensitive specimens from our earth’s mid-47º of latitude. Under its 38 ft., glass paned ceiling nests a rare concentration of botanic beauty.

The following photographs of orchids came from the Epiphyte (air plant) Room. I will not distract your viewing pleasure with titles. Just enjoy the striking magnificence of each bloom and wonder at its perfectly crafted design.

Can you hear your heart sing? I found a traditional Jewish prayer that perfectly expresses my soul’s response to such natural loveliness.

How wonderful, O Lord, are the works of your hands!
The heavens declare Your glory,
the arch of the sky displays Your handiwork
In Your love You have given us the power
to behold the beauty of Your world
robed in all its splendor.
The sun and the stars, the valleys and the hills,
the rivers and the lakes all disclose Your presence.
The roaring breakers of the sea tell of Your awesome might,
the beast of the field and the birds of the air
bespeak Your wondrous will.
In Your goodness You have made us able to hear
the music of the world.
The voices of the loved ones
reveal to us that You are in our midst.
A divine voice sings through all creation.


5 thoughts on “Ethereal Beauty

  1. thank you for opening my eyes to this… next time I go to visit my sister I will be sure to visit… it looks like heaven and you did a fantastic job with your photography…

  2. Hi Karen! Thanks so much for the tour! It’s so amazing the difference a climate can make…we’re already looking more like fall every day and winter is now whispering around the corner. The apple orchards are absolutely burgeoning this year, too! I do feel the warmth in those blooms you photographed so beautifully!

  3. STPhoto,
    Most of those photos were taken with an AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm lens. I used a AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm lens for one that was too far away. I have several lenses on my wish list and a good macro is one of them. Thanks for your comment.

    I’d love to enjoy your cooler weather while picking apples with you. It’s still pretty hot here, but the nights hint that relief is on the way.

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