Walking with the Alligators

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A Florida Alligator

June 2, 2013

Our Florida Ghost~

 The Florida Ghost Orchid
(picture credit Mike Fournier)
There was a story in the news yesterday, that prompted me to introduce you to a plant here in Florida that is so rare, that people from all over the Globe come here hoping to see it, some even come hoping to steal it.
Few succeed at either.
This deliciously rare and stunning beauty, is called the  Ghost Orchid and it only grows deep in a swamp in South Florida on ancient trees, which makes it extremely difficult to experience in person.
A word of advice, the Ghost will not grow on your front porch in a pot, so unless you can replicate the exact conditions where it lives here, please don't murder it needlessly, it will not survive if you take it home.
A dedicated Florida Wildlife Officer has made the safety and security of the Ghost his mission in life, along with also watching over the most endangered mammal in America, the Florida Panther.
Ask me if would I love to have his job, you bet, in a heart beat.
He is the luckiest person on the Planet, in my opinion.
So now, about the Ghost Orchid, as some of you may know, this web site has a a page that is especially devoted to this spectacular flower/plant.
This page, by the way is the single most visited one on the entire web site!
My hope is that some, or perhaps many of you, will go and read about our Ghost Orchid.
Its stunning beauty has inspired a book, a movie and legions of hunters, followers and admirers from around the world.
There are simply not enough adjectives to describe its beauty, ethereal is often used, my personal choice is breathtaking.
So dear readers, come meet the Ghost Orchid, I promise you will be enraptured by its beauty:
The Ghost Orchid

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