Butterfly Orchid

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I toured the Duke Farms Orchid Orchid Range in Hillsborough Township on Friday. The subtropical and tropical orchid displays are stunning. These photos are of Psychopsis papilio commonly known as the butterfly orchid. It has long petals which look like antennae and its speckled brown and yellow sepals look like outspread wings.

Butterfly Orchid Duke Farms Orchid Range Canon EOS 5D Mark III 20180420
psychopsis papilio
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Three Magnets Brewing Company’s The Dam Mad

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Spring has sprung on Blue Spring Road

Feeling bored, I picked up some camera gear and drove out to Duke Farms in Hillsborough. Just a few minutes from my house as I drove along Blue Spring Road, I noticed the pink blossoms on one of the trees. So I pulled over and captured a few images. I just love how all the pink looks against a background of green.

Even though I spend most of it indoors, with a runny nose, and itchy and watery eyes, spring is my favourite season of the year. I grew up in the West Indies where there is no fall, no spring, and definitely no winter. But it’s not summer all year long.

There is the dry season and a wet season. The dry season runs from about February to June while the wet season starts in July and ends in January. During the wet season, there is less sunshine and more rain. Of course, there is also a hurricane season which starts in June and ends in November. Ignoring the occasional tropical rain forest shower, with blue sky weather and warm sunshine, the dry season is an ideal time for the islands.

During that wet season, the rains come more frequently and last longer. The land turns an even deeper shade of green. The islands enter a time of renewal when the fruit trees bear so much fruit — bananas, mangoes, java plums, cashews, plum rose, soursop, sugar apple, acerola cherries, coco plum, guava, guinep, golden apple, papaya, jamun fruit. The list of fruits is long.

Spring in the Mid-Atlantic of the United States isn’t as edible as the wet season in the West Indies but it’s more colourful. I have learned to enjoy the display. And the beer.

Spring is also a time of renewal for me. It’s when I come out of self-imposed hibernation both literally and emotionally. It’s time for me to be outside, go hiking in the woods or on long walks with Bhavna.

I have decided to release the images under a Creative Commons Zero license. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. You can download the images from Unsplash.

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Signs of spring along Blue Spring Road
  Canon EOS 5D Mark III  @ 88mm  , ISO 100  , 1/400s  , ƒ/6.3  by Khürt L. Williams  on 20 April, 2018 
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Signs of spring along Blue Spring Road
  Canon EOS 5D Mark III  @ 150mm  , ISO 100  , 1/250s  , ƒ/6.3  by Khürt L. Williams  on 20 April, 2018 
Spring has sprung on Blue Spring Road Signs of spring along Blue Spring Road Canon EOS 5D Mark III 20180420
Signs of spring along Blue Spring Road
  Canon EOS 5D Mark III  @ 200mm  , ISO 160  , 1/250s  , ƒ/6.3  by Khürt L. Williams  on 20 April, 2018 
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Three Magnets Brewing Company’s Little Juice IPA – Smoothie Edition

Smells and taste like a West Coast style IPA. Has a little bit of bitterness from the hop.

  • Beer: Little Juice IPA – Smoothie Edition
  • Style: IPA – New England
  • Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.6%
  • IBU: 65
  • My rating: 3.75/5
  • Brewer’s notes: 4oz hand squeezed Orange Juice + Little Juice IPA?
    Nope! No fruit was harmed in the making of this beer. Not a carbonated Screwdriver. Just Beer, a bitter IPA like an IPA should be.
    Hazy version of Little Juice IPA that starts with intense aromas of tropical fruit in the nose followed by notes of dry citrus flavors that mingle with a touch of soft maltiness.
  • Venue: Montgomery Hills, Princeton, NJ
  • Brewery: Three Magnets Brewing Company, Olympia, WA, United States
  • Brewery Type: Micro Brewery

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