Tuesday Photo Challenge - Bloem Bloom

The Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography.

The Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography. This week's theme is bloom.

The first full week of March has brought warmer blustery winds and rain. New Jersey was experiencing a drought for the last few months so the rain is welcome. However, the warmer than usual weather has caused the cedar and juniper to pollinate the air. Allergy season is here, one month earlier than I expected, causing me misery. Things will only get worse as the birch, oak and maple release pollen into the air in the weeks to come.

I know there is a lot of tree pollen about but, with the except of crocus, I have yet to see any flowers. I have crocus growing in my garden but I suspect they may be done for the season. They started blooming two weeks ago.

But back to the challenge keyword. The Dutch the word for flower is bloem, which is pronounced bloom. So the title of this post, bloem bloom, is a play on words. The image in this post is a flower in full bloom.

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It's an orchid that I've been growing for a year. It doesn't bloom often but I love these tiny flowers. Orchids can be difficult to grow. The plant is adapted to growing on the sides of tropical rocks and trees. Hence, it depends on rainfall for moisture. In a plant pot, the plant can rot.

Asian Orchid

Another year and so another 52 week photography project. I didn't get out to shoot much in the past week so I started to panic a little last night when I realised I may not have a photo to share. I left my camera bag in the car and didn't feel like venturing out in the cold to get it. I knew my iPhone wasn't useful for indoor low light photograph so I grabbed my wife's Sony Cybershot DSCW55 7.2MP Digital Camera.

She doesn't use it much anymore. Her iPhone is smaller and lighter and always with her. That has become her "compact camera". The quality of the photos are enough for her purposes and she doesn't have to fiddle with any controls. The iPhone is her point-n-shoot.

I searched around for a suitable subject and remembered I had meant to take photos of the blooms from my Asian Orchid. I bought this orchid two years ago at the Earth Day event at the Montgomery High School. The seller convinced and I had a long chat before I was convinced that I could get this to bloom. I had experience with South American Orchids but I had none with an Asian Orchid. It took me two years before I got this to bloom. I found out that I could "shock" the plant into producing flowers if I left it in a cold overnight. So that's just what I did.

The plant has three flowers on a very short stalk. I certainly hope I get more.

Taken at Montgomery Hills LLC on Jan 06, 2013 @ 17:09

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#orchid #asia
Asian orchid. It took me over a year before I got this to bloom. The plant has three flowers on a very short stalk. I certainly hope I get more. #orchid #asia. Instagram filter used is Normal.

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