Bird of Paradise

January 3, 2010

Bird of Paradise

Orange and blue bird of paradise

Detail, bird of paradise

I returned to the Volunteer Park Conservatory last week during its open hours, and what a feast for the eyes it was!  I felt like I was in heaven, as symbolized by this elegantly blooming bird of paradise.  You can see why this plant is also called the “Crane flower.”  I love the pairing of complementary colors, the brilliant orange with the true blue.

When I got home, I found these botanical prints at

Botanical print of Strelitzia reginae

Botanical print of Strelitzia reginae

4 Responses to “Bird of Paradise”

  1. Shirley Says:

    This time my life followed yours. Your pictures reminded me of the treasure that is the VPC so I was inspired to stop there today while I was in the neighborhood. Just so green and peaceful and lush. We all should stop in more often. You hit the bird of paradise on a good day, there were only two weary looking ones today. But so many other lovely plants to marvel at. I hadn’t been there for over 6 years because the gift shop was new to me.

  2. I like this post. I am a huge dog lover and like reading about animals in general too. I’m gonna RSS.

  3. I stumbled onto your blog and read a few post. I like your style of writing.

  4. Barbara Stahler Says:

    Wonderful idea on these rainy cold days.

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