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An Orchid is like a Woman

Updated on March 23, 2017
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Kathi writes about fossils and other earthly subjects, plus the natural history of Michigan, poetry and more.

An Orchid is like a Woman


Like a woman

An orchid is a beautiful flower

Like her foundation

Its stem is strong yet flexible



Like her skin

The petals are silky soft to the touch

Compared to her feminine body

An orchid's form is curvaceous


Like her beauty

An orchid is designed by nature's highest vision

And reminiscent of her scent

The sweet aroma casts a spell on innocence

Like her patience

The orchid waits to bloom when ready

And similar to her endurance

Few other blossoms matches its longevity


Like a woman

An orchid has special needs to grow

Light to know which direction to face

Water to maintain suppleness

The balance of nutrients to flourish

Like a woman

An orchid can blind with good looks

Seduce the hungry

Lure entrance to trappings of sweet honey


Like a woman

An orchid thrives among nature's bounty

Is admired by countless beings

Like a woman's inner beauty of generosity

Orchids share multiple flowers on a single stem

As only a woman's face can, the orchid gleams in the moonlight

Most of all

A woman is like an orchid wanting, needing loving care

My "white moon" orchid, Phalaenopsis, is in full bloom, inside my Michigan home. Their natural beauty makes them an easy target for artistry and photography, to which I eagerly obliged. Hope you enjoyed the photo poetry inspired by my lovely orchids!

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      Robin Carretti 

      19 months ago from Hightstown

      Your pictures want me to touch the flowers and smell the beauty of the soul deeply rooted and out just lovely your words bloom about

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      Gladys 

      4 years ago

      Beautiful flowers and comparison!

      How can i orders all 9 prints with the poems? Doc G

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      What a perfect piece of poetry to go along with your photography, Kathi. I pinned the photos-they are all very captivating, as are the words of your poem. What an interesting comparison; I really enjoyed it. UP/U/I/A/B and shared.

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      Kathi 

      6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you for the wonderful comment Rolly, Have a great day, Kathi ♥

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Kathi.... what a beautiful hub this has been. Your comparisons and photos are just wonderful and so relate the beauty of both the Orchid and the lady in all of the female population... Excellent writing.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Kathi 

      6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Endless sea . . . love how that name rolls off the tongue and inspires serenity! Anyway, I greatly appreciate you comment! Take care, Kathi

      Hi Michelle, wow, you're so nice to do that! Hugs, Kathi

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Sharing this again, Kathy.

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      Akhand Pratap SIngh 

      6 years ago from Lucknow(U.P.) India

      Beautiful, the pictures match the words. Amazing and well versed with beautiful pictures, loved the way you compared the delicate and beautiful Orchid to a Woman :) creative.

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      Kathi 

      6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Kim, so nice of you to leave a lovely comment. I'm glad you joined the hub and hope you're enjoying the ride. It's a wonderful community to meet great people like you. Hugs, Kathi

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      ocfireflies 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Your poetry and photographs are so provocative. Every stop by your hub brings not only a smile, but a warmth. You are truly an artist. I feel so lucky to have discovered your beauty.

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      Kathi 

      6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      So glad you liked it! Much appreciated, Hugs, Kathi

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      Oh so truly beautiful.

      Voted up.

      Eddy.

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      Kathi 

      6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      You're so kind Michelle, thank you

      Hello Pinto2011, I appreciate your lovely comment! Hugs, Kathi

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      Subhas 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      You have very beautifully metaphorically churned out the subject. I really liked the idea and the way you contoured your subject.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Sharing this ode to femininity again, Kathi. Beautiful.

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      Kathi 

      6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you for the lovely comment Petra . . . have to agree with you. Kathi :O)

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      Petra Vlah 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great and appropriate comparison. Orchids are indeed liker Women; delicate, beautiful and enduring.

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      Kathi 

      6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi Vicki, Very nice to meet you, sounds like we do have lots in common. I imagine your home is a wonderland of orchids with various colors and patterns! I can just picture it! Thanks for stopping by, Kathi :O)

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      Vickiw 

      6 years ago

      Hello Fossillady, this is so beautiful. It has taken me a while to find you, but I'm glad to have done so now. Better late than never. Gosh we have many interests in common, including fossils and phalaenopsis. I have 15 that have bloomed many times during the last 12 years! Beautiful Hub, and I will read the others too!

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      Kathi 

      6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Oh what a lovely comment . . . I'm glad I could provide a gentle reminder of something you love! I haven't been back here in a while myself so thank you, too, for leading me here to revisit! Have a wonderful weekend, Kathi :O)

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      Rob Welsh 

      6 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

      Hi Kathi, I am always 'late'... an interesting niche so often frowned upon by clocks and rigid followers of worn paths! This piece is superb and is filled with so much love, purity and class... how could one not appreciate such unique words and images framed in such talent and beauty! I love orchids almost as much as women... I've found that niche has been of timeless value and great inspiration in my life... thank you for your gentle reminder of that... take care... PD

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      Kathi 

      6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you Michelle, It's that time of year and my orchid is getting ready to bloom again and bless this home! Thank yo for passing it on and let me pass on to you good blessings today! Kathi :O)

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Spot on, Kathi....the orchid has always represented femininity. And it is a strong, hardy flower! Thanks for sharing! Passing this on!

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      Kathi 

      6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you so much xstatic, I, in turn, will have to come over and see you hub Delta Ponds! lol

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This is a beautiful work of poetry and photography. Epi and always exploring mentioned your work in a comment on my Delta Ponds hub, so I had to come see.

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      Kathi 

      6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you kindly mrsbaker! Much appreciated! :O)

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      mrsbaker02 

      6 years ago

      What a great illustration and comparison! Beautiful!

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      Kathi 

      6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      So kind of you to say so Ricardo . . . thank you, Kathi :O)

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      Ricardo 

      6 years ago

      Thank you Fossillady for inspiring words and inner beauty to what orchids bring to you and us.

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      Arlette Lee 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful piece of art. Thank you very much for sharing with us.

      This is beautiful...I adore orchids, the symbolism of life.

      Longevity. A bud dies...a new one blooms and when cared not try always come back alive.

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      Jessee R 

      7 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hi Fossi! This is the first time I have come across your work and I am glad I did :)

      Breathtaking pictures... mesmerizing poetry... I have never seen such a beautiful metaphor linking a woman... to an orchid..

      Simply beautiful!

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Fabulous poetry with beautiful photography that captured essence of your words. The orchid with the light behind it was sublime - "the orchid gleams in moonlight." Sharing.

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      Bill Vastine 

      7 years ago

      Forwarded this beautiful language & images to friends in USA.....my compliments, and thank you.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      8 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Fossillady such beautiful photos to match your beautiful words.

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      Annie Fenn 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Lovely comparisons, beautifully written and amazingly illustrated. Your photography is awesome. A delight to the eyes. Thank you for this visual gem.

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hey Dave, Thank you so much for the cheery compliment! I hope everything is well with you!...Kathi

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      Dave 

      8 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Fantastic photography enhanced by your talented prose. No wonder the orchid is the Queen of the flowers. Best wishes to you.

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you so kindly Victor! :o)

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      Victor Mavedzenge 

      8 years ago from Oakland, California

      Very apt and beautifully put

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      You make me smile and giggle, that's all I need! I hope you have a great day!

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      ...I wish I could frame your photographed flowers Kathi and sleep with them under my pillow so I could dream about them all of the time - I wish you happiness and good health always - and it was a miracle/a good day when we met my beautiful and talented friend.

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      .....that's because you're someone special too - tee hee and I have enjoyed my birthday today and I am off tonight with pay - the sun is shining, I cut the grass, went for a walk along my beach, the cats have been out all day and when I look at you Kathi I am 19 again!

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I do know who! Somebody special! hee

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      ...and Kathi, you're still my favorite 'orchid' of all time - and I see you connected with Movie Master - thanks to you know who!

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I see that you have picked mostly the hubs with flowers! Like myself, you must enjoy them a great deal! I hope you have a splendid day!

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Well, fossillady I am working my way through your hubs, it's taking a long time purely because, I am reading each one over and over again, this is my favourite so far! amazing photos thank you.

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi my buddy! You are dear to me, thank you for your loving message! Know that your mum is especially close to you today! She did a great job raising someone as special as you!

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      ...thinking of you Kathi on this Mother's Day with love, respect and admiration. My mum was my best friend.

      And yes my favorite 'orchid' I send everyone here to see your fabulous hubs.

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Aah, thank you B. That is a great compliment and it makes me want to keep photographing nature's beauty to share here on the hub...have a great day, well, evening now..tee hee

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      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      That was one Beautifully written and Photographed Hub. WOW, I am truly speechless, My dear friend Fossillandy.

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Aah, thank you kindly Fay, that makes me feel good!

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      Fay Paxton 

      8 years ago

      This hub is a work of art! voted up and beautiful.

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Oh Docmo, you make me feel so proud, I am very humbled! Your words of compliment caress my very soul! Thank you my dear friend!

      PS..Is it true what I've been hearing through the grapehub that you or Nell may be taking us on another hub trip! Can't wait!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      8 years ago from UK

      Dear Kathi, this is so beautiful and sensuous. I love the photographs and how your camera lens has caressed the flower in every angle- you are a consummate visual artist. As for the poem, the allegory is simply sumptuous. You have captured and comparisions so well. You are a rare flower in hubland- someone who can not only render textual poetry but can also adorn them with the visual one too. Absolutely gorgeous. My eyes are aching for more. voted up and awesome!

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      jill of alltrades 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Fossillday,

      Yes, I have not been as active here in HP lately. Everything is good, just many things occupying me lately.

      Thank you!

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi Jill....long time no see...lol...yes, I took the photos and thank you for the lovely comment! I hope everything is good with you!

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      jill of alltrades 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      What a beautiful combination of poem and photos! I love this! Did you take the photos? They are perfect!

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Bless you Daydreamer...hope life is treating you well these days

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      daydreamer13 

      8 years ago

      This is beautiful in so many ways!

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Wow, what a lovely comment...thank you toknow

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      toknowinfo 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful pictures. Your presence on hub pages is like an orchid. Each of your writings and photo essays are blossom with the next. Thank you for this amazing hub. Rated up and beautiful.

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi Damian Your comment is so touching to my heart...Thank you. Don't worry about not being on line very often..I'm on it way too much..it can take up a lot of time, but it's good to hear from you, Take Care :o)

      Hello Jackie, Thanks for stopping by and for nice compliment..

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      8 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very beautiful.

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      damian0000 

      8 years ago from Belfast

      Hi Kathi --- i am not online so often so i am afraid that this hub slipped through my net but better late than never.

      It is beautiful ... normally i don't like poems with pictures together because they both seem to crowd and compete for your attention but this one is different. You display a light and sensitive touch which says so much more, the words and the images complement each other. Multum in parvo as they say, and which i really believe... Beautiful hub Kathi --- i will never call u the Fossillady again, now you are the Flowerlady :-) :-)

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Katie, that is such a warm thing to say, I am deeply touched with tears in my eyes! Thank you, Kathi

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      Katie McMurray 

      8 years ago from Westerville

      Just had to come back to this one, read it and vote it up again. Your a beautiful soul and I know JOE is very proud of this poem and all your work. :) Katie

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      Helen Lewis 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful!

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you kindly Dorissun! Smiles

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      Dorissun 

      8 years ago

      So beautiful poem and flowers.

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi Epi, Aaah, you have such a way with words! Thank you my dear friend!

      Ahorseback! lol, didn't want to go there, but it's hard not to see the other side of the coin! Thank you for your nice compliment!

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      ahorseback 

      8 years ago

      Why did I always think there was something poisonous about an orchid ? Goes to show you why I always shyed away from them ........both the flower and the woman.LOL.Excellent write and photos.

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      ......may you always be in a perpetual state of bloom Kathi .....because you will always be the prettiest sweetest flower in epi's vase!!!!!!

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Very funny Micky, but also true, tee hee!

      Well, I appreciate comments from photographers like you having a special eye for nature and what makes a quality photo! Thank you Manny

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Very very beautiful Fossillady. This is so true. Although I've seen some orchids turn into cryptid carnivorous plants. God bless you dear!

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      mannyrolando 

      8 years ago

      It is quite difficult to decide since I love so many of your hubs... but I think this may be my favorite of your hubs. As always you photography is amazing as is your poetry.

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you Doug, Very kind of you and I feel the same way about your feedback. I often read what others have commented and you often make me laugh or think about something in a different way! Cheers

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      Doug Turner Jr. 

      8 years ago

      Very perceptive and displays your intimate knowledge with the flower. I can't disagree with a single comparison you make here. Quite lovely.

      Thank you for the high praise on my laundry poem. You feedback is always welcome. Peace.

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi Pink, nice to see you again,Thanks for leaving a comment!

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      the pink umbrella 

      8 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

      loved it!

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi Randy lady, Those are my favorites too! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a nice comment! Smiles

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      Randy Behavior 

      8 years ago from Near the Ocean

      Lovely Fossillady. I especially liked the back lit orchids and the macro one.

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi tender lady heart, I never had an orchid until someone gave it to me as a gift when my husband passed away. It is thriving and there are at least eleven blooms on it right now. I believe my Joe has a hand in it, I like to think so! Bless you

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      tnderhrt23 

      8 years ago

      A truly beautiful hub about one of my favorite flowers. You make a lovely comparison!

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      You say the sweetest things! I love that about you! Always appreciate your comments! Bless you!!

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      prasetio30 

      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I agree with you. Orchid is always beautiful like a woman. When the flower blooms like the woman show their smile. Amazing and great idea from you. Rated up.God bless you. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thanks for stopping by Katie, glad you agree

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      Katie McMurray 

      8 years ago from Westerville

      Orchid are amazingly mesmerizing, beautiful, unique and magical and is like a woman. Beautiful and very well spoken. :) Katie

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you Bella, good to see you!! Hugs sweet lady

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      Erica Sanchez 

      8 years ago from California

      The sensitivity of an orchid that a woman beholds I could not have expressed it better than you!! Great reading material Lady! I WUBBED IT!!

      smiles :)

      bella

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Okay, gottcha A.E.

      Bluestar, That's exactly who I'm talking about! You, my friend!

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      Annette Donaldson 

      8 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Beautiful stunning photos. and lovely poem. Very nicely written if only it was me you were describing lol

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Fossi, Hee, Erin Lefey wants to go with us this time. The croud is growing. Woo Hoo

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Okay Ruby, your on, lol

      B.Good to see you, thank you for your nice compliment! Very flattering and it makes me feel I've done my job!

      Epi, You are a darling sweet man and I always look forward to your visits! xxxooo

      Acaetnna! I hadn't thought of them that way either until my photo session with them. It just seemed to fit! Bless you!

      AAustin, I hope you don't mind me using your name, it's a nice name! Thank you for sharing your reaction, I was hoping someone could almost smell the fragrance. Smiles..

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Orchids are as beautiful as a woman. I felt as if I could take in the fragrance of the flower, esquisite. Thank you for sharing.

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      acaetnna 

      8 years ago from Guildford

      This hub is incredible. I adore orchids, although I am not great at looking after them properly!

      Your words are beautiful and the pictures totally stunning. I certainly hadn't thought of orchids in this way before!

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      epigramman 

      8 years ago

      ...and you are the most beautiful 'orchid' of them all Kathi !!!!! Your photography reminds me of Georgia O'Keefe (the painter) and her flowers - high praise indeed - and your sacred words always poetically accentuate these images so beautifully - leaving me to say, breathlessly, this is a world class art and poetry exhibit - and a veritable feast for the mind and the eyes!!!

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      b. Malin 

      8 years ago

      What a Beautiful Poem and Experience is shared by all of us as we read your Poem, and look at the Exquisite Photography...Wow Fossillady, Wow!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hee, Ain't it the truth.

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      Kathi 

      8 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Noblest, thank you for your kindness

      Ruby, I really appreciate your beautiful comment! And, Uh oh, I better get my creative juices flow'n for our next trip! I know you're never gonna let me off the hook!Tee hee

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Aha this is so beautiful. Your poetry is sublime. Your photography shows the intricate inside of a flower as well as the inner being of woman. Wonderful!

      Cheers

      P.S. Are you going to take your camera when you take us on our next thip? Hee

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