The Intimate Forest

A Celebration of the Beauty of Nature in Oil Paintings by Harlan


orchids at the arboretum



30x40 2006


There is a lovely Arboretum less than an hour from my home which has a beautiful collection of plants. This past Spring I made a special trip over there to enjoy all the plants but specifically to look for orchids. There were not as many orchids on display as I hoped but those that were in the greenhouse were beautiful. The lighting on the orchids was not quite right when I first arrived so I wandered around enjoying the other plants until the sun had shifted to such a position to capture these orchids. This photograph does not really show the contrast of the blossoms in light and the blossoms in shade as does the painting.