Fairy faces

Orchids! Don’t you love them?

They are flowers, but so much more.

These are known as Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis) —

Winged

Although I think

They look more like purple-veined hummingbirds

Looking for honey than flying moths.

Birds

Up against the blue sky,

They regain their luminous wings of petals…

Into the light

But, if you lean in and take an intimate look,

You might be lucky enough to see the face of a fairy.

Orchid face copy

For more winged stories, please visit: Our World.

I’m out and about at a charming summer cottage by the sea this week, so may be a bit late in getting around to visit you all.

73 responses

  1. Oh yes, I do see the fairy’s face.🙂

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    July 8, 2013 at 15:22

  2. bobbushell

    Pretty little Orchids, well taken photos Fi.

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    July 8, 2013 at 15:24

  3. ah i love the purple veins in this, so cool…i like the allusion to hummingbirds…or butterflies…

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    July 8, 2013 at 15:26

  4. I just love your fairy orchids!

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    July 8, 2013 at 15:58

  5. They are quite fabulous! Great capture and detail on orchid veins…

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    July 8, 2013 at 16:03

  6. Yes (here I am shouting at the top of my lungs!🙂 Yes, I love them. Especially in your photos. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    July 8, 2013 at 16:36

  7. Superb captures of gorgeous flowers, Fiona!! The colors are exquisite! And, yes, I do see a fairy face! Thanks for a beautiful start to my day!!

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    July 8, 2013 at 17:11

  8. Yes now that you tell me, I do see fairy faces in those flowers. Gorgeous colors too.

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    July 8, 2013 at 17:52

  9. Lady Fi!
    Your orchids are absolutely wonderful.
    A picture? delightful.
    Regards:)
    Lucia

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    July 8, 2013 at 18:17

  10. So beautiful! I love orchids too and your images are fantastic!

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    July 8, 2013 at 18:32

  11. Lovely!

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    July 8, 2013 at 18:46

  12. Just exquisite! I love orchids and have a large number of plants in the garden. They seem to thrive on abuse! My indoor orchids don’t do much, sadly. Your photos are gorgeous!

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    July 8, 2013 at 19:05

  13. Ladyfi…I am SO glad you pointed out the fairy presence…I might of missed it…but then you probably heard my gasp all the way over there☺

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    July 8, 2013 at 19:08

  14. Gorgeous orchids, Fiona… Love those colors…
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    July 8, 2013 at 19:13

  15. Fabulous shots!

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    July 8, 2013 at 19:21

  16. Eileen

    Beautiful orchids and your photos are lovely! Have a happy week!

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    July 8, 2013 at 19:28

  17. Helt underbara och förtrollande bilder…älskar orchideer av alla slag. Det är något speciellt med dem!
    Önskar dig en skön vecka i stugan!

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    July 8, 2013 at 20:06

  18. i love the way you see things.🙂

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    July 8, 2013 at 20:18

  19. Those do look like little birds inside the flower! Beautiful, lushness. enjoy your vacation.

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    July 8, 2013 at 21:14

  20. Those are beautiful orchids and I see the fairy face.

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    July 8, 2013 at 21:16

  21. It is so gorgeous..I love orchids

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    July 8, 2013 at 21:31

  22. I see its face! I’ve never noticed that before. Beautiful! Have a fun time!

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    July 8, 2013 at 22:02

  23. Gorgeous! I love the close up shots – it does look like a face!

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    July 8, 2013 at 22:39

  24. Such beautiful, beautiful orchids!

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    July 8, 2013 at 23:04

  25. Exquisite faces …. a joy to our eyes.

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    July 9, 2013 at 00:08

  26. Pat

    Gorgeous orchids. I see that little face!

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    July 9, 2013 at 00:53

  27. the pictures are beautiful, i love orchids..🙂

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    July 9, 2013 at 00:59

  28. cosmos

    What lovely and charming hummingbirds! I’m always amazed how you enjoy your pleasant unique imagination!

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    July 9, 2013 at 01:27

  29. Wow, these are beautiful!

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    July 9, 2013 at 02:42

  30. I have (had???) a lovely orchid just like this. I may have killed it so your picture makes me kind of sad… But they are lovely (as always)! Cheers, Danette

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    July 9, 2013 at 02:58

  31. I love her little pointed shoes, too! I carried Phalaenopsis on my wedding day – but white ones.

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    July 9, 2013 at 04:01

  32. I do believe in fairies and these, my friend, are the best kind🙂.

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    July 9, 2013 at 04:16

  33. Lovely colours!🙂 I’m not much of a flower person, but you’ve shown how beautiful orchids can be! Love the purple running on the white petals!

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    July 9, 2013 at 04:52

  34. Rahul

    Very appealing and beautiful!

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    July 9, 2013 at 06:36

  35. Orchids are so exotic, even though they are now quite commonly found at the grocery store. I have never looked into the eyes of an orchid fairy before! Thank you for pointing out that feature. In fact, I saw not only her face but winged body, legs, and little curly-toed fairy bootees. Delightful!(she does have an imish grin, though)

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    July 9, 2013 at 07:30

  36. one word, Amazing!

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    July 9, 2013 at 07:35

  37. Love the first image!!🙂

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    July 9, 2013 at 08:36

  38. Beautiful shots of orchids, great clarity.

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    July 9, 2013 at 09:52

  39. Those are amazing! I see a little birds… Thanks for offering this great perspective of a beautiful flower!
    We have few orchids here.. but the Lady Slipper (an orchid) is our state flower, and I’m determined to find a Calypso Orchid some day.. we have them in the most remote of buggy swamps somewhere!

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    July 9, 2013 at 10:03

  40. What gorgeous photos – flowers are so fascinating in close up, aren’t they!

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    July 9, 2013 at 12:13

  41. I love them but they’re so rare here!

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    July 9, 2013 at 13:16

  42. I do love them very much yes. There was a movie called “adaptation” and one of the main plot points was the search for a very rare orchid.

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    July 9, 2013 at 13:23

  43. Beautiful!

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    July 9, 2013 at 13:51

  44. I do love orchids, especially this variety. We have several of them indoors, and they always bloom during the grayest part of the winter, when there is such a lack of color.

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    July 9, 2013 at 14:30

  45. Beautiful!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    July 9, 2013 at 18:52

  46. Gorgeous esp. the last one!

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    July 9, 2013 at 19:15

  47. daryledelstein

    they do indeed as do pansies .. i once photo-shopped a little goatee on a pansy it looked so like it needed one

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    July 9, 2013 at 20:26

  48. These are beautiful orchids. And that fairy face is amazing and so gorgeous.

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    July 9, 2013 at 22:02

  49. Hi! Nice captures. Very beautiful orchid photos. Fabulous! “Lean in” is the nice book for women. Happy day to you.

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    July 9, 2013 at 22:54

  50. I have never actually seen the fairy before. Sweet! 🙂

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    July 9, 2013 at 23:29

  51. gorgeous, that’s a very striking phal, you have a gorgeous one there!

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    July 9, 2013 at 23:58

  52. Wonderful shots!

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    July 10, 2013 at 00:26

  53. STUNNING.
    how can one look in the face of these delicate beauties and not see the face of God… xx

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    July 10, 2013 at 01:59

  54. Pat

    Beautiful photos of these amazing flowers!

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    July 10, 2013 at 02:03

  55. jolies

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    July 10, 2013 at 13:34

  56. Exquisite flowers have a beautiful color!

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    July 10, 2013 at 15:45

  57. JM

    Gorgeous shots of the Phalaenopsis! Mine are all in bloom now.

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    July 10, 2013 at 16:07

  58. I love orchids. Lovely shots and a beautiful comparison.

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    July 10, 2013 at 17:59

  59. These photos of the orchids are marvelous. I love what you see in these orchids and the words and pictures you share to enable us to see them as well.

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    July 10, 2013 at 19:58

  60. I love your Fairy faces, Lady Fi!!
    Such a beautiful photo’s…
    Warm greetings,
    Anna

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    July 10, 2013 at 22:15

  61. So lovely!

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    July 10, 2013 at 22:26

  62. They are works of art only nature can produce.

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    July 11, 2013 at 00:02

  63. Al

    What lovely flowers. And I do see the fairy in that last photo!

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    July 11, 2013 at 01:42

  64. They look like legendary birds in heaven. The face of a fairy is so luminous and beautiful.

    Yoko

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    July 11, 2013 at 03:54

  65. beautiful and awesome details🙂

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    July 11, 2013 at 08:00

  66. Stunning!

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    July 11, 2013 at 09:21

  67. Very beautiful pictures ! I would love to jump in the water too !

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    July 11, 2013 at 18:10

  68. Beautiful Orchids..are they yours?🙂

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    July 12, 2013 at 05:13

  69. Amazing shots Fiona, I’m always amazed at the intricacy of the flower centre, the imagination can fly🙂

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    July 14, 2013 at 16:58

  70. Beautiful flowers, very nice photos

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    July 16, 2013 at 08:59

  71. Wow, beautiful images…and yes…I see the faces!

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    July 17, 2013 at 05:58

  72. Smiling beauties! Lovely capture!

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    July 21, 2013 at 19:07

  73. I really enjoy reading your posts/browsing your photos! Great works! All the best!

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    August 12, 2013 at 16:39

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