orchid oracle

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spotted orchid, Farmer’s Market, Canon Digital Rebel

I left the beloved Mission this morning! and went to the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building. This is one of the most beautiful (and expensive) farmer’s markets around, and is so full of sensory pleasures. There are landscapes of tulips and romanesque broccoli, dried kiwis and giant beets, artisan cheeses and lavender salt… it’s yummy there. We walked for hours tasting oranges and asian pears.

We also spoke to Dirk the orchid man who pointed to one of his most beautiful orchids and noted, “This one smells like rotting meat.” One of the things I love most about my friend Sasha is her curiosity. She immediately said, “Ew! can I smell?” and confirmed that it in fact smelled like salami.

And I couldn’t help but share a detail of this photo. Do you see the tiny little monk of a man with the long white beard standing at the center bud? Don’t you want to ask him the secret of life?

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The orchid oracle, Farmer’s Market, Canon Digital Rebel

“Little spotted orchid man, What does it all mean?”

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26 Comments

  1. lindsey

    this made my day!

  2. ToadyJoe

    I love the spotted orchid man, and I love that you saw him, documented it, and shared it with me. Thank you!

  3. Caroline

    I love that picture! I wish there was a place like that where I live. I’m going to be looking much closer at the flowers come springtime for tiny little people…

  4. Shelley Noble

    Ditto to each above. Thank yooou.

  5. Dawn

    i want to softly kiss him on the forehead! beautiful!

  6. stef

    I love that you can see him and that you can share him with us. I feel he is the “little spotted buddha orchid man” ~ great wisdom comes from him…I can feel it.

  7. Jane

    wow i am in absolute awe. the little buddha protecting a peice of sunshine, mingling with magenta ink blots. i feel humbled suddenly. wow. thank you for sharing this little creative miracle!

  8. Donavan

    Fantastic, with a capitol F!

  9. Donavan

    Make that a capital F.
    It’s late and my spelling aint so great.
    Ditto for my rhyming.

  10. Anonymous

    It’s so often the smallest things that leave the biggest impression…thanks for sharing!

  11. Anonymous

    It’s so often the smallest things that leave the biggest impression…thanks for sharing!

  12. Anonymous

    It’s so often the smallest things that leave the biggest impression…thanks for sharing!

  13. Anonymous

    It’s so often the smallest things that leave the biggest impression…thanks for sharing!

  14. Anonymous

    It’s so often the smallest things that leave the biggest impression…thanks for sharing!

  15. Anonymous

    It’s so often the smallest things that leave the biggest impression…thanks for sharing!

  16. Anonymous

    It’s so often the smallest things that leave the biggest impression…thanks for sharing!

  17. Anonymous

    It’s so often the smallest things that leave the biggest impression…thanks for sharing!

  18. Anonymous

    It’s so often the smallest things that leave the biggest impression…thanks for sharing!

  19. sharon

    Little spotted orchid man looks to me like he has one arm extended and the other arm bent at the elbow so he can touch his ear. I imagine him saying: “Reach out to others and make sure you listen to them carefully.”
    Thanks for the image…you’re something else!
    ;~) Sharon

  20. susan@visual-voice.net

    Seeing the little monk inside of the orchid kind of makes me think I don’t need to know the meaning of life, he seems to be inviting me to get lost in the wonder of it all.
    Thank you.

  21. Carrie

    WOW! What beautiful photos, Andrea!

  22. carrster

    Absolutely beautiful…as usual. Thanks…

  23. Kate

    Oh, I have a list for the little orchid monk. The top of the list: What am I waiting for? Today is one of those days…when all day is a panic…subtle panic because no one would know otherwise by looking at my face. Sigh. Thank you for your words. They do get me through my day and my panic.

  24. Snowbear

    The little monk was the first thing I saw! My first thought was you had actually put a little doll in there—that’s how obvious it was to me! Love the name of your site—it has a special meaning to me.

  25. tine

    Oh wow, Andrea, this is amazing!!
    You have such a good eye for detail and composition!!
    This is kinda eerie, the little monch in the orchid looks that real…and the way his posture is with his arms spread… wow!
    Very inspiring I have to say. 😀
    xoxo
    Tine.

  26. M.

    Andrea,
    I have a question for you… My long term relationship ended, and I’ve been curious about this- When you met Matt and started dating, did you “just know”, as they say? I mean, I thought I knew for six years, but then…it didn’t work out. I’ve just been sending questions about love and relationships out to the universe because it is a confusing time for me. It’s part of the mourning process, I suppose, questioning the times spent with the person we loved. I am in love right now with your photos of the orchids…
    Have a beautiful evening,

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