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50. A Passion for Orchids and Conservation: Exhibit at Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show

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Some are luxurious and colorful, but some others are ghostly and mysterious. There are even weedy ones, too. Orchids. They have been a beloved group of plants among collectors and viewers as well. I have a special spot for them in my heart, too. Along with wildflowers of prairies and woodlands in Midwestern USA, I have been painting native orchid species locally, and rare species from other parts of the world. A very cute pink orchid, Paphiopedilum delenatii, was once considered as extinct, but found again in Vietnam. Darwin's Orchid, Angraecum sesquipedale, is definitely one of the most impressive and anecdotal species. I painted its pollinator, Xanthopan morgani with several orchids around it emphasizing their 'problematic', long spurs and the incredibly long proboscis of the moth. Two local lady's slipper orchids and Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid are rare and endangered species, which local conservation groups have been working hard to preserve.

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