Saturday, May 31, 2008

Day 153: Orchids and Bromeliads, and a grasshopper, in Mexico

Our first night in Mexico, we ate in one of the buffet areas. Delfonso, our waiter, seemed to like talking with Dianna, helping her with her Spanish. Then he took a palm leaf, shredded it into several sections, and within about two minutes, fashioned a grasshopper for Dianna!




These flowers were in Xcaret, an ecopark in Mexico along the Yucatan penninsula. Xcaret has been described as "Mexico's answer to Disney," but is a very nature-oriented kind of park. There's one major area of the park devoted to orchids and bromeliads. This was probably the major time that I missed my macro lens, but I also knew that getting Brian and Dianna to patiently wait while I focused with a macro lens, and a tripod, would have been beyond foolish. So these beauties were shot in just the very basic RAW, and auto mode. My mother would have absolutely adored this collection.




15 comments:

Cindi Koceich said...

Okay...that grasshopper is the coolest thing ever!
I've been to Xcaret...years ago! It was beautiful!! I'm sooo jealous!! Love the flower shots1

Amy said...

That grasshopper is too cute, and I love those purple flowers.

pat said...

Nice, Angela! I love the orchids and the bromeliads. The bs are always so interesting--the shapes and the colors are so unreal! The origami leaf grasshopper is really neat! I feel your pain with the macro lens dilemma.

Angela~Kclmomof4 said...

LOL! How NEAT is that grasshopper.. Love the flower photos..

Elsa said...

The grasshopper is amazing!! Love the close up shot

Sandra Collins said...

wonderful shots

Reds said...

Love the grasshopper! And the flowers look so luscious and colourful in Mexico! Great pics! Can't wait to more! :) Celine

Jeanne said...

That grasshopper is so cool! Who'd have thunk you could do that to a leaf? Love the photos of the flowers, too.

Can't wait to see more!

Chell said...

That grasshopper is really cool. The flowers are amazing. Great job..

Jess said...

That grasshopper is the COOLEST thing! WOW! And I love the flowers... orchids are SO exotic and they smell SO GOOD! I wish I could have gone with you, I would have happily spent hours & hours photographing the flowers with you! ;)

Tori said...

that is one very cool grasshopper! and i love the orchids... very pretty.

Suzy said...

WOW That grasshopper is to cool! And theose purple flowers are beautiful!

Debbi said...

Welcome back, Angela. Hope you had a blast! The photos are terrific and look like you had a great time. Different flowers and creatures must have been fun to photograph!

Margaret said...

I love that grasshopper. Such fun, colorful shots!

Dawn said...

sounds like you are having a wonderful time...and those pictures...keep them coming!!
dewnie