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Orchids: Natural Beauties

Ron Ciesinski of Monroe, Mich., has 5,000 orchids in his hot houses at Taylor Orchids. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO START SLIDESHOW, VIEW FULL SIZE.

Ron Ciesinski tends to orchid plants at his Taylor Orchids in Monroe, Mich. Ciesinski has been captivated by the delicate blooms for more than 50 years, and his created varieties have been honored by the American Orchid Society. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Ron Ciesinski tends to orchid plants at his Taylor Orchids in Monroe, Mich. Ciesinski has been captivated by the delicate ...
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Lycaste Jackpot California Wine is among the varieties of orchid at Taylor Orchids in Monroe, Mich. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Lycaste Jackpot California Wine is among the varieties of orchid at Taylor Orchids in Monroe, Mich.
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A Phrag Don Wimber glows in a radiant hue. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A Phrag Don Wimber glows in a radiant hue.
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Cherry Fudge orchid blossoms look good enough to eat. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Cherry Fudge orchid blossoms look good enough to eat.
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Phal Picotee orchid petals have just a kiss of lavender color on the edges. It's a favorite of the greenhouse's owner. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Phal Picotee orchid petals have just a kiss of lavender color on the edges. It's a favorite of the greenhouse's owner.
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Orchid plants stretch skyward in a hot house at Taylor Orchids in Monroe, Mich. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Orchid plants stretch skyward in a hot house at Taylor Orchids in Monroe, Mich.
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Orchid show ribbons won by Ron Ciesinski decorate the greenhouse office. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Orchid show ribbons won by Ron Ciesinski decorate the greenhouse office. "I loved to beat people," says Mr. Ciesinski, 76.
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An LC Drumbeat Heritage orchid resembles an exotic, frilly sea creature. Enlarge | Buy This Photo An LC Drumbeat Heritage orchid resembles an exotic, frilly sea creature.
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A sign warns Taylor Orchids greenhouse visitors: Enlarge | Buy This Photo A sign warns Taylor Orchids greenhouse visitors: "Don't Even Think About It!!!"
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Little yellow bulbs of pollen are nestled inside petals on a Phalaenopsis orchid. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Little yellow bulbs of pollen are nestled inside petals on a Phalaenopsis orchid.
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The peace and joy that tending orchids gives Ron Ciesinski eclipses December’s $2,400 gas bill for heaters that keep the hot houses at 62 degrees. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The peace and joy that tending orchids gives Ron Ciesinski eclipses December’s $2,400 gas bill for heaters that keep ...
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The name of this orchid is a grand one: C Karae Lyn Sugiyama X Soph Coccinea Grandiflora. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The name of this orchid is a grand one: C Karae Lyn Sugiyama X Soph Coccinea Grandiflora.
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The pouches on slipper orchids, like this yellow and white one at Taylor Orchids, traps insects and forces them to climb past the staminode, which promotes pollination. Enlarge | Buy This Photo The pouches on slipper orchids, like this yellow and white one at Taylor Orchids, traps insects and forces them to ...
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Slipper orchids are so named for their resemblance to ladies' footwear or moccasins. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Slipper orchids are so named for their resemblance to ladies' footwear or moccasins.
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A Sesquipedale orchid at Taylor Orchids looks like it belongs in a starry sky. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A Sesquipedale orchid at Taylor Orchids looks like it belongs in a starry sky.
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Enlarge | Buy This Photo "Happiness is Growing Orchids" declares a sign at Taylor Orchids, which is open for business from 10 a.m. to ...
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