Archive for February 26th, 2010


#57 orchids

057/365 orchids, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Endless fields of Singapore’s national flowers were presented to us on our visit to Orchidville. We only saw a tiny part of the huge farm, but learned a lot about the orchid in general, and the ways of making hybrids of all possible colours.

For us, orchids are special and rather expensive flowers. We would usually just buy or receive one at a time, and feel really upset if it died. It was very strange to see them cultivated in millions.

In fact, our students found it quite hard to see our guides break off a flower here and another there to show us some details. They realized afterwards that it was exactly due to our notion of the rarity and preciousness of these flowers. Perception and interpretation are so often relative and based on our cultural backgrounds and biases.


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