As the Helmet Orchid buds swell, it is difficult to tell if they are flowering simply by looking at them. The only way I can work this out is to photograph them and look at the photos on the computer. In the process, I have captured the way the flowers open, which I’ve found utterly fascinating. I hope you do too. Please read the captions under each photo for more information.
Note that each of these photos is a different flower – I didn’t do a time-lapse sequence.