WARNING! This post has extreme graphic and floral content.We hadn't even walked the walk to Nong Buak Hard Park to see part of the Chiang Mai Flower Festival, when I spotted these couple of beauties. I swear I'm going to disappear down one of those sidewalk pot holes one day...too busy looking up into treetops and through garden fences. And they would be called.....?
The festival was bustling, but not toooo busy. The floats were lined up on show, in all their minute detailed glory, with pant/flower displays and food stalls on either side.
Remember most of these floats have been coloured/decorated with teeny weeny individual flowers, rice and fabric embellishments.
|Florafied naga serpents and yaksha warrior...and wabbits!|
Some type of bulbous blossom, just before the orchids...
...then the orchids. Thailand is home to over 1,000 species which come in every colour of the rainbow. Here are just a few
OK, heaps of my favourites.
|Big and almost carnivorous in appearance|
|Weird and lovely.|
|Blooms looking more like droplets...a prize winner.|
Nong Buak Hard Park was packed with families enjoying the festivities and enough food stalls to feed a large army.
The bonsais were understandably roped off from the public. Some growing over rock, some wind swept and small forests of twisted and contorted trees.
|Bonsai Bastard Teak Trees - The Flame of the Forest (Butea monosperma)|
And one more for the road...on our way home.
Stray opted to sit this one out, in a near by café, not wanting to have his broken collar bone knocked in the crowds...well that's what he told me, anyway ;) Many thanks to Lani, who patiently kept me company throughout my clickety click expedition.
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