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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

    The new conductor was enthusiastically welcomed (The Levine era is now forgotten completely) but I thought the sound he produced from the orchestra did not quite evoke the agonizing pathos that I remembered.

    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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Art – Latest watercolor

Here is my latest watercolor sketch. It is entitled “Venus Fly Trap”.  The winged-like flowers are well known to orchid cultivators as  a variety of Paphiopedilum according to my friend David who is an orchid grower himself. He also says that they have no link whatsoever with the real Venus Fly Trap. (12″ x 16″ on Arches paper)


7 Responses

  1. I have a paphiopedilum orchid. They are also called Lady-slipper orchids

    • Thank you. I based my title on the memory of the Venus Fly trap flowers that grew in a wild part of my old garden. And the myth of their voracious appetite for the unsuspecting insects who succumbed to their tempting ways. But David is my consulting authority on such matters.

  2. Actually,all 5 genera of this type of orchid are nicknamed the lady slipper orchids.

  3. I’ve always thought paphiopedilum orchids (lady-slippers) were a bit like pansies in that they almost appear to have a human face. They are a bit magical. I take many reference photographs of them at a local conservatory I visit several times a year. I am working a few into a watercolor painting now.

    • By coincidence, This month’s Smithsonian includes an article entitled: ‘The Venus Flytrap’s Lethal Allure’. Upon reading it, I realized that my memory has played me tricks once more. The snapping plant described in the article is nothing like the one that grew in my old garden! Rather, the plant I remember sported a largish green pouch half filled with a sticky liquid which, I somehow became informed, trapped unfortunate flies and so was named a Venus Fly Trap. It was probably one of your “Lady Slippers”?

      • It definitely sounds like a carnivorous plant. I don’t thing lady slippers are carnivorous, but I could be wrong.

  4. Kakakatydid: It seems as though the orchid you are alluding to is the miltoniopsis, previously known as Miltonia. Sadly they do not grow well at here in Florida because they truly do resemble pansies.
    Yes you are right, orchids are not carnivorous. Although the pouches can have a mixture of nectar and water. The better to trap the pollinator.

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