Flowers in Medellin: The City of Eternal Spring

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This is called an OutOfFocus Flower… I can’t help it… it was windy

Flowers in Medellin: The City of Eternal Spring

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In the northern part of South America there are about a dozen different cities that all claim to be the city of eternal spring.  However, of all the cities I have visited in the area no one city carries the name as rightly as Medellin, Colombia.  Due to the city’s elevation at around 1,500m above sea level and the fact that the city sits just above the equator the climate always rings of a feeling of spring.  The air in the city is humid, the weather warm, and I’m pretty sure if you punched a standard sized nail into the ground here you would pull it from the ground as a railroad spike in just a week’s time.  Flowers in Medellin mean more than something pretty to look at they mean a moment to celebrate as is seen each year during its festival of flowers.

I spent the afternoon wandering the Jardin Botanico here in Medellin the other day.  Although the gardens are generally famous for their orchid, most of them had already had their turn for the year.  However, there was still a lot to be photographed and enjoyed.  This is my photo essay from the Botanical Gardens in Medellin, and although I don’t know their names and simply will refer to them in my own style, doesn’t mean I appreciate them any less.

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This is called a Caribbean Flower, I don’t know why… but this is my game so let me call them what I want alright???

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I’m not even sure these are flowers, but they were growing from the ground. Let’s call them Flavoured Bean Flowers

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This isn’t a flower, but it is prickly if you touch it. Be warned, the desert don’t mess around.

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This is a worm flower that grows from the famous porcupine stick

These a pre-carved ping-pong paddles

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This is a Tasty Flower apparently… why else would a bee be on it?

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I call this flower spike

This flower was hiding… it’s orange

This is a duck… wahoo I got one right.. wait, or is it a mallard?

This isn’t a flower either… this is Iggy

Iggy was giving me some attitude

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The fading flowers of Medellin

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A worm’s eye view of some very red flowers

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A Hanging Star Flower

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A flower battlefield

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A Heart leaf carrying a spear for protection from the heartbreaker flowers

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Sometimes when shots go out of focus I keep them and call them artistic

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And this is what in focus AND artistic is supposed to look like… I think

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I know this one too! It’s a mutant pineapple

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Finally some orchids for those who have been patient…  I am 63% sure this is an orchid

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Hope you enjoyed the flowers as much as I enjoyed photographing them… even if I don’t know what the heck they were called

 

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: Brendan van Son is a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. He has visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than he has the desire to count. Check out his profile on . for a little bit more about him.

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10 Comments

  1. The colors in the Caribbean flower are amazing! And yes, your 63% hunch was correct on the orchid :)

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  2. You’re such a nerd! Beautiful shots, I love the sassy shots of Izzy.

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    • @Elle… I’ve been called worse things…

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  3. Beautiful shots! City of Eternal Spring, huh? I’m intrigued, especially during “spring” in the southern US which rings more of summer in hell. ;-)

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    • @Mark, oh and did I mention the most beautiful women in the world?

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  4. Love the Caribbean Flower shot the best. Great focus and framing along with vivid but not over saturated color. I posted a link on your facebook if you’re interested. Cheers and keep up the awesomeness.

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    • Thanks Andrew… I am still having troubles with my camera and would love to have had more control over some of the shots… but I am dealing with what I have now. I love how everyone has started to call that flower the Caribbean Flower (I hope that someday becomes the actual name haha)

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  5. wow! What pretty flowers! I love them all. So your Caribbean flower is actually called a hibiscus and I thought I’d let you know the industry term for the heartbreaker flower…. kind of funny but it’s called Monkey Dick. hahah.. Of course that’s not the technical name but I used to be a florist and that’s the slang! :)

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    • Bethany, I actually knew the hibiscus one because my mom had some. The monkey dick… well, that just makes far too much sense hahaha

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