Exotic Beauty (111) : Philippine Moth Orchid & Giant Amazon Water Lily

Exotic Beauty (111) : Philippine Moth Orchid & Giant Amazon Water Lily

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Mark Billiau.


Premium (World), region Antwerp, Belgium

Exotic Beauty (111) : Philippine Moth Orchid & Giant Amazon Water Lily

Last year I made several visits to the conservatories of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium where 10.000 (!) plant and tree species originating from the tropics and the subtropics are growing in the greenhouses over there.

Thanks to the warm and moist climate in the conservatories and the intensive maintenance, it’s really amazing what an immense great variety of exotic flowers from all over the world can be seen there, even in the cold winter season !
Flowers whose natural habitat is situated in the rainforest, the mountain forest, isolated islands, deserts, etc……. Places that most of us will never or seldom visit.
Some of the flowers are very rare, extremely colourful or specially shaped.
Others were introduced in Europe by men and became a cultivated species or an ornamental houseplant.

I selected the –to my personal taste- most beautiful flowers that I saw there and made a series of them.

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Dutch name : Filipijnse vlinderorchidee & Reuze waterlelie
German name : Philippine Nachtfalter-Orchidee & Riesenseerose
Latin name : Phalaenopsis philippinensis & Victoria amazonica

Country of origin Philippine moth orchid : the Philippines, Indonesia
Country of origin giant Amazon water lily : Brasil, Colombia, Guyana, Peru

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The leaves of the Giant Amazon water lily have a diameter up to 3 meter and can carry a weight of 40kg without sinking.
Every year there’s one day in the National Botanic Garden of Belgium during which parents can let photograph their baby on the leaves of this giant water lily (see picture below)

Baby shoot
Baby shoot
Mark Billiau.


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This is the last picture of this series so far.
I hope you all enjoyed looking at the photos as much as I did when I photographed them all.
Thanks for all comments.

With just one click below, you can see the complete series.
http://portfolio.fotocommunity.com/nature-in-belgium/folder/589415

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