Coryanthes misasii -Colomborquideas
In the late summer of 2014 Ron was fortunate enough to travel to the beautiful valley city of Medellin, Colombia to attend the most beautiful orchid show he has ever been to. The variety of orchids and other flowers was incredible. He also visited the famous orchid nursery “Colomborquideas” run by the Posada family as well as “Orquifollajes” owned by Francisco Villegas, observing many new things. The first wild place visited was a reserve owned by the Medellin Botanical Gardens, and the last days of his trip were spent at Tatama National Park, a seven hour drive south of Medellin, and one of the most fantastic places to see wild orchids! Ron found Colombia such a beautiful place that he plans to return many times.
Ron Parsons has been growing orchids for more than 40 years, and has been interested in species orchids for most of that time. Ron loves to photograph orchids and most other flowers whenever he can, whether it be on trips to see them in nature or in collections. He loves to travel to see orchids in the wild, and does so as often as possible. Ron has more than 70,000 digital images, most of which are of orchids, and still retains a slide library that exceeds 100,000 botanical images. He has almost 3500 published photos that have appeared in magazines, periodicals, journals and books. Ron has co-authored four botanical books, all with Mary E. Gerritsen. The first two, published by Timber Press, are Masdevallias, Gems of the Orchid World and Calochortus, Mariposa Lilies and their Relatives. Our third book, a large, luxurious, 18.5 pound, two-volume set, A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species was published by Redfern Natural History Productions in January of 2014, and has 1200 pages, 1600 photos, and features 500 species in detail with many others included for comparison. Recently the pair worked on the new American Orchid Society cultural guide which is to be published this year.