Orchid UFO. Photo by Andrée Fredette

Orchids are UFOs

I’ll tell you a secret: orchids are UFOs. They are. I mean it.

Maroon striped orchid. Photo by Andrée Fredette

I accidentally walked into an orchid show at the Hilton in Portland, a couple of weeks ago. These photos are but a sampling of the extraordinary array of … exotic flowers I saw that day.

Yellow UFO orchid. Photo by Andrée Fredette

What a stunning room!

I took pictures with my phone, because my camera’s memory card was full. Duh.

Hot pink cattleya orchid. Photo by Andrée Fredette

I spent a lot of time on my knees, trying to get close-up shots of these extraordinary flowers. Orchids really are UFOs of the plant world.

Orchid copper close up. Photo by Andrée Fredette

Frankly, some of their shapes are almost menacing. The copper one above almost looks like… a monster from a sci-fi movie. Aliens?

Orchid with stripes. Photo by Andrée Fredetet

This striped one, above, is not reassuring either.


Orchid with markings. Photo by Andrée Fredette

This pink one with exotic markings was more “conventional”, and almost resembled a pansy. Maybe.


White blushing orchid. Photo by Andrée Fredette

And I am going to close this post with a “blushing” white orchid, exquisitely shaped.

I really regret not getting the full ID information on these unusual plants. But there you are. If you are interested, you can get in touch with your local orchid society. Those people will be happy to share their knowledge with you.