We destroy the beauty of the countryside because the un-appropriated splendors of nature have no economic value. We are capable of shutting off the sun and the stars because they do not pay a dividend. — John Maynard Keynes
Those lying, cheating orchids!
This article on the deception practiced by orchids should be of special interest to my friend Luby. She used to be a fearless orchid hunter in the jungles of Venezuela. "Bring 'em back alive," was I believe her slogan. They may be nasty and deceitful, but they sure are beautiful to look at. Check out these lovely specimens. Also on this blog (author unknown, at least to me) are many other comments and images of Venezuela, non-orchid related.