The no-orchid Orchid Pavilion Sept 6, 2009 23:24:53 GMT
Post by bixaorellana on Sept 6, 2009 23:24:53 GMT
Thursday morning I visited the local agricultural college, where I enjoyed seeing the experimental kitchen garden. That garden adjoins the Orchid Pavilion. I will have to visit it again, as very few orchids were blooming. Fortunately, the entire area housing the pavilion is delightful and interesting.
Ye'tsil means "flower which sparkles" in Zapotec.
You enter a world of bright sunshine and deep shadow, welcomed by a fountain topped with a pot from San Bartolo Coyotepec, a nearby town renowned for its highly ornamental black pottery.
Once past the fountain, a landscape of tropical plants and stepping stones guides the visitor to the lofty pavilion.
The arrangement here mirrors the similar, but more practical look of the areas surrounding the classroom buildings of the college.
It's very quiet and even though it's well into mid-morning, there are very few people about. The only person I see who appears to work here is a young woman sweeping the walk inside the pavilion.
In the photograph below you can see the height of the pavilion and the various ways the orchids are mounted. It's hard to tell in this picture, but there is a walkway mezzanine on three sides, with orchids all along it. I was surprised to see how many of them required such bright light.
<--Here is a better shot of part of the walkway.
<--I was struck by the size of this blooming begonia, which quite dwarfs the young rickrack cactus behind it.
These are some of the orchids beyond the picture on the left, against the screen wall of the pavilion.
There are some blooming plants -- the bromeliad above and this cheery tuberous begonia, quivering in the breeze.
Here is another bromeliad. I'm surprised not to see more of them in the pavilion. There are many wild ones in the forests as one goes higher into mountains surrounding Oaxaca. Perhaps some of the plants on the walkway are bromeliads in a resting state.