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August 14, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. sponsors a tour of Thailand that's heavy on wildlife viewing in out-of-the-way national parks and animal sanctuaries. L.A. Zoo director John Lewis takes visitors on foot, by Jeep, long-tail boat and even kayak to see elephants , Malayan sun bears, leopards, tigers , Javan mongoose, gibbons, langurs and other indigenous animals. Trip highlights include visits to Kaeng Krachan National Park, a lightly touristed area that's home to many animals and birds; Pa La-U, a tiered waterfall where elephants hang out; Klong Seant Wildlife Sanctuary and Doi Inthanon Cloud Forest, each known for being home to numerous species of birds and orchids; and a camp where guests may feed and interact with elephants.
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IMAGE
April 5, 2014 | By Kavita Daswani, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Radiant Orchid, the trend color of 2014 as decreed by color specialist Pantone, has shown up all across the beauty spectrum. The flower is appearing literally - as the key ingredient in Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, for instance. Or it's an inspiration - for example, as the basis of trendy nail wraps from Jamberry Nails Radiant Orchid Collection. In skin care, orchid extract is touted as an effective moisturizer; orchid leaves contain plant pigments called anthocyanins - also present in blueberries and acai - known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 1987 | RUTH REICHL
Coming into this quietly conservative restaurant and opening the menu is something of a shock. You walk in via a massive entrance way lined with orchids, past antique furniture, through a hushed bar plumply filled with sofas and into the restaurant itself. The walls are tastefully lined with soft fabric and adorned with old paintings, the banquettes are padded with huge cushions and waiters in neat gray uniforms see to your every need. Would you like water, a drink, anything at all?
SCIENCE
December 10, 2013 | By Amina Khan
An incredibly rare butterfly orchid has been "rediscovered" on a volcano ridge in the Azores, a remote group of European islands, and scientists are naming it after the man who first found it nearly 200 years ago. The newly discovered Platanthera azorica , described in the journal PeerJ, is in serious need of environmental protection, the study authors write. The researchers had originally intended to study the orchid species on the Azores, a group of nine islands off the coast of the Iberian peninsula, to understand their origin.
HOME & GARDEN
June 7, 2007 | Audrey Davidow
CRAIG POWELL isn't afraid of indulging his weakness for orchids. And with his recently opened botanical studio, Pollen, he's bent on spreading his compulsion. Housed in a former pharmacy in Eagle Rock, the store's on-site greenhouse is filled with hard-to-find varieties from all over the globe: fist-sized South American blooms, vanilla-scented Tahitian beauties and even a few original specimens that Powell, above, has cultivated with the help of growers in Hawaii.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1994 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Any doubters who still don't feel that it's springtime have not passed by Bart and Alba Conner's house. The Conners are renowned in Orange County for their orchids, and hundreds of the brightly colored flowers are thriving all around their corner lot. Sprays of orchids grow in trees, encircle their 46-year-old house and are crammed onto shelves in three greenhouses.
HOME & GARDEN
March 18, 2004 | Joan Tapper, Special to The Times
Orchids were once considered a rich man's hobby, but these days they seem to be everywhere: on office desks, on living room tables and in the aisles of Trader Joe's. In fact, they've become the second most popular potted flowering plant in the U.S. after poinsettias, according to the Department of Agriculture.
NEWS
August 26, 1992 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
While many of you fixated folks are kind enough to turn yourselves in to us, sometimes it takes a friend or acquaintance to let us know about someone's peculiar talent or interest. That's the case with Pam Hatcher and her 400-or-so orchids, which we wouldn't know about except for a letter writer, one who asked we not tell Hatcher his or her identity. Not that we aren't trustworthy, but the author was wise to leave the letter unsigned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Scientists announced Monday the discovery of a rare new orchid species that flourishes only in the wet meadows of a beloved portion of Yosemite National Park. Botanist Alison Colwell said the species' minute, tennis-ball-yellow flowers weren't what first led her to it, but rather the smell of sweaty feet that the Yosemite bog orchid emits to attract would-be pollinators. "I was out surveying clovers one afternoon, and I started smelling something. I was like, 'Eew! What's that?'
TRAVEL
April 4, 2010 | By Chris Kraul
I've often fantasized about retracing the steps of such naturalists as Charles Darwin, Alexander von Humboldt and William Bartram, who saw exotic places and recorded, in detail, the plants and animals they described so vividly on their expeditions. FOR THE RECORD: Mindo, Ecuador: An April 4 Travel article about the orchids of Ecuador's cloud forests reported the size of El Pahuma, a private reserve, as 100 acres. The reserve is 700 acres. β€” But the armchair naturalist in me didn't want to work too hard or subject myself to the tribulations they suffered as they circumnavigated the globe, climbed the South American Andes or slogged through the swamps of the Southeastern United States, all places where one might encounter sharks, bugs, snakes, piranhas, jaguars and crocodiles.
NEWS
December 5, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Emerald green is so 2013. Say hello to Radiant Orchid, Pantone's color of the year for 2014. Those not familiar with phalaenopsis may wonder: What, exactly, is Radiant Orchid? In the company's annual announcement, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, described the hue as β€œan enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones" that "inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. " How much weight do these Pantone predictions carry?
TRAVEL
May 5, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO CHIANG MAI, THAILAND From LAX, Thai Airways, Korean, Singapore and Cathay Pacific offer connecting service (change of plane) to Chiang Mai. Restricted round-trip airfare begins at $923, including taxes and fees. Chai Lai Orchid, 202 Moo 9, T Mae Win, Mae Wang, Thailand; 011-66-906-702-693, http://www.chailaiorchid.com . The standard and deluxe rooms, $80 and $94 a night, respectively, have air conditioning, mini-bars and outdoor seating. Lanna rooms, for larger groups, are $80 a night, and Thai-style eco-huts with grass roofs are $60 a night.
TRAVEL
May 5, 2013 | By Jeff Greenwald
MAE WANG, Thailand - As we sat together on a long, narrow raft of bamboo, Alexa Pham dipped her hand into the quickly moving river. "It's the really simple things," she said with a long breath, "that make it beautiful here in Mae Wang. " Two wiry boatmen, steering with long poles, navigated the raft beneath the branches of overhanging trees, around boulders and through bars of late-afternoon sunlight. The men are part of Pham's staff, hired from the hill tribes and Burmese refugee communities of northern Thailand.
SPORTS
March 12, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
He runs with a cellphone pressed tightly against his hip, but she never calls, so for 26.2 miles he runs with his memories. In the first hour, she is walking again through the German countryside. By the middle of the race, she is dancing again to their classical favorites. At the finish line, she is strolling with their two children into the best years of her life. Then John Creel, 77, towels off, catches his breath, and returns to the marathon that is his life as a full-time caregiver for wife Ingrid, whose body has been rendered helpless by the evils of multiple sclerosis.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By Christy Hobart
An orchid isn't exactly a puppy, but it is one of those gifts that requires regular care. If you're given one - or if you pick one up this weekend at the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show - you should know the basics. Brian Petraska, the Orchid Guy expert who will be offering demonstrations at the show, took the time to answer some fundamental orchid questions for this edited Q&A. You'll also find details on this weekend's event at the bottom of the post. We've all heard about misting orchids with a spray bottle, but what's really the best way to water orchids?
IMAGE
March 3, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
They are a distant relative of the sandals originally worn by the ancient Greeks and Romans. At the spring-summer 2013 fashion collections, designers such as Tom Ford, Alexander Wang and Joseph Altuzarra featured innovative knee-high-and-above versions on the runways, taking shoe envy to new heights. They are arrestingly sexy. And for many, they summon up a blow-the-wheels-off-your-chariot feeling of female empowerment. Some ladies might even take on a gladiator mentality if it came down to a fellow shopper reaching for the single pair left in her size.
NEWS
February 24, 2000 | ROBERT SMAUS, TIMES GARDEN EDITOR
Orchids are suddenly everywhere. Nurseries and florists are full of them. You can find them at swap meets and farmers' markets. Even while waiting in line at the checkout counter, you'll see them in people's market baskets along with the French bread and cheese. Orchids are even going to be on "60 Minutes." They are trendy. They are also a lot cheaper than they were a few years ago--no longer exclusively a rich-man's hobby--and many are higher-quality plants to boot.
HOME & GARDEN
March 15, 2007 | Lili Singer, Special to The Times
DOWN the narrow drive, white narcissus bloom in profusion and birdsongs fill the air, but soon enough these diversions yield to the real business at hand. Here at the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate, exotic tropical blossoms are everywhere: atop tables and on fences, in pots and hanging baskets, mounted on cork slabs and clinging to tree trunks -- startlingly beautiful orchid flowers in virtually every color. Just when you think you've seen them all, you see this: Dendrobium speciosum var.
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Assn. sponsors a tour of Thailand that's heavy on wildlife viewing in out-of-the-way national parks and animal sanctuaries. L.A. Zoo director John Lewis takes visitors on foot, by Jeep, long-tail boat and even kayak to see elephants , Malayan sun bears, leopards, tigers , Javan mongoose, gibbons, langurs and other indigenous animals. Trip highlights include visits to Kaeng Krachan National Park, a lightly touristed area that's home to many animals and birds; Pa La-U, a tiered waterfall where elephants hang out; Klong Seant Wildlife Sanctuary and Doi Inthanon Cloud Forest, each known for being home to numerous species of birds and orchids; and a camp where guests may feed and interact with elephants.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Pierce Brosnan and his wife, Keely Shaye Smith, are joining in one of coastal Malibu's summer rituals β€” putting their home up for lease. They have listed Orchid House at $250,000 a month. Just in case the renters scuff up the newly built 13,000-square-foot place, a $750,000 security deposit is required. Set on 120 feet of beachfront, the Thai and Balinese-influenced contemporary features high ceilings, walls of glass, a screening room with a bar, a music room, a library, a wine cellar, a Japanese-style soaking tub, a sauna, a steam room, a cold plunge tub and a gym. There are three master suites for a total of four bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.
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