This weekend was the orchid exhibit of the Miranda State society of orchids. This typically takes place at the end of September, but for reasons of availability of the locale (which is free), it took place two weeks ahead of the usual time which I think went against the event, because most people did not have too many plants in flower.
The good part was that I took my camera and tripod and went at opening time, before there were crowds. This allowed me to take much better pictures despite the fact that there was very poor ligthing in some spots and lots of breeze. Below a collage of 16 plants.
I only had three plants that were exhibition quality, two Dendrobum species and a Cattleya Jenmanii. One of the Dendrobium won second place in its class and the Cattleya Jenmanii won second place too. My cousing also went with me and took three plants along and one of his plants, a Dendrobium Spectabile, won first place in its class (dendrobium species) and first place in its group (All Dendrobiums). He was extremely pleased. Below, some of the plants I liked the most (from left to right for each row):
Catasetum, Laelia Anceps, Schomburkia undulata alba and Leilocattleya
Cyrropetalum hybrid, my cousin’s Dendrobium Spectabile that won 1st prize,Phragmipedium hybrid and Oncidium hybrid
Cattelya Giga alba, Cattleya Lueddemanniana (Best national flower of the exhibit), Phalenopsis and Cattleya Percivaliana.
Hybrid, two pictures from different angles of a spectacular Stanhopea and the Dendrobium Formosum which gave me second prize.