Seeing in SIXES

In 2016 LensWork hosted a fine art community book project called Seeing in SIXES. Nearly 1,900 6-photo entries were received and 50 were chosen for publication. Even though I expected the competition to be even more fierce this year I entered my own B&W photo set. For my subject I chose a walk through part of the conservatory at Longwood Gardens during the annual Orchid Extravaganza.


Longwood Gardens was started by Pierre S. du Pont in 1907. The original gardens have expanded to over 1,000 acres with a 4.5 acre conservatory. One of the annual events is the Orchid Extravaganza. I would like to take you on a walk through the East Conservatory to some orchids on display.

East Entrance

The primary entrance to the 4.5 acre conservatory is on the east end.

Entrance Display

Inside the entrance is a reflecting pool with an arch of orchids.

East Conservatory

Looking back at the entrance.

Banquet Hall

The floor is usually covered with a sheet of water to provide interesting reflections.

Hanging Orchids

Orchid balls are suspended under the glass roof.

Orchids

The final destination—a spray of orchids.

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