Singapore Orchids

While in Singapore I went to the National Orchid Garden (it’s part of the Botanic Gardens) which is apparently the largest display of tropical orchids in the world. I have certainly never seen so many beautiful flowers. Naturally I took lots of pictures, so here are a few beautiful blooms.

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The Snowy Field

Snowy FlowerThe weather has been highly unseasonable recently so I went out for a snowy walk which inspired this poem and the photograph I took to go with it.

Sonnet II – The Snowy Field

My footfalls soft upon the snowy ground
Alone, the field is empty and too still.
I sought for springtime warmth, what have I found?
Lips numbed by biting wind, hands white and chill.
The stream in icy spate still rushes on
Past head-bowed flowers weighted down with snow.
The ice encrusted buds; their joy has gone,
They struggle ‘gainst this cold unbidden foe.
The sky is overcast and leaden grey,
From hedgerow now the bird’s song sounds forlorn.
He sings alone – who should have mate today,
Too cold to woo, his hopes have died stillborn.
I thought that spring had warmed my heart but then,
Cold winter’s hand hath frozen all again.

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