Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn


Ghost Orchid, River Bend daily painting by Everglades artist JoAnn Sanborn

River Bend
5x7, Acrylic on Board
$150 framed

If you haven't yet had the chance, now is the time to view the elusive Ghost Orchid. According to the Naples Daily News, people are coming from far and wide to visit Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, where there is a Ghost Orchid blooming for the third year in a row, and it's visible from the boardwalk.

It's not an up-close-and-personal view, since it's 45' up in a tree a short way off the boardwalk, but it's still a special sight. Ghost Orchids are rare, only found in the Everglades, and invisible most of the year. The orchid at Corkscrew, blooming for the third year in a row is a beauty, with several spectacular blooms rich and creamy against the background.

The Ghost Orchid was made famous in Susan Orlean's book, The Orchid Thief. The book ended without her ever having seen one. Wonder if she's seen one yet? Maybe you'll meet her on the boardwalk.

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