July 19th, 2014 / posted by paularath
The special displays reflected the carnival theme.

The special displays reflected the carnival theme, Orchid Carnival.

One of the great things about retirement is that we have freedom to just pick up and go when we hear or read about something that sounds like fun.

Jerry and I have dabbled slightly into orchid culture. It started with my mother giving us orchids after they bloomed for her. We stuck them in our backyard and a few months later — they bloomed again! I must confess we didn’t do anything to encourage the blooms. We didn’t feed them or fertilize them or keep them from getting too wet. Yet they bloomed anyway, bless them.

With these little successes, we started occasionally buying an orchid at Koolau Farmers or a farmer’s market. Some of them survived our basic neglect; others thrived. I wouldn’t say it’s become a true hobby, but we do derive so much pleasure having orchids in the house when they are blooming.

Yesterday when we read about the Ewa Orchid Society Show, we decided to take the afternoon and go holoholo to Ewa. Jerry gets out that way to play golf but I haven’t been to Ewa in years!

We saw some beautiful orchids, bought one, and Jerry won an orchid plant as a door prize.

I love the variety of colors, shapes and sizes found among the orchids. Here are a few that caught our attention.

Would you have ever guessed this is an orchid? It won best in show.

Would you have ever guessed this is an orchid?

How did they get all these blooms to come out just in time for the show?

How did they get all these blooms to come out just in time for the show?

Amazing colors!

Amazing colors!

Such a rich color!

Such a rich color!

People often ask me where I get inspiration for my paintings. Well, that red cattleya is inspiring an acrylic painting now. As an abstract painter, I can’t expect you to recognize the beautiful orchid per se. But the color – and some of these sexy shapes – are going to turn up on my canvas before too long.

The Ewa Orchid Society Show continues today until 5 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ewa elementary School, 91-11280 Renton Road in Ewa Beach.

Another great reason to go holoholo every once in a while.

– Paula Rath

Comments are closed.