The 2013 orchid show was smaller than previous years, it seemed like, and a larger percentage of the orchids they had were in roped-off displays. Not the worst thing in the world, but inconvenient for taking photos, since most of the plants they had were too far away for me to photograph.
So at one point I asked a lady sitting behind a table, who seemed official (though I'm not sure who she was or what she was doing), whether stepping inside the ropes to get photos was completely forbidden, or merely frowned upon, or totally okay. I only sort of got an answer. It was something along the lines of, well, it's basically forbidden, but if you get in and out quick and don't fall on the plants, I won't tell on you. *wink*
Which I took to mean that it was probably okay, but only as long as nothing bad happened. And what are the odds of that? And it wasn't like there weren't plenty of plants around that were accessible enough to get pictures of anyway. I mean, it wasn't like there were any in the roped-off area that I was just dying to get a photo of. So this is the first of a few pictures during the next year that were taken from a distance, with a shaky camera, because I didn't trust myself not to fall into the display and crush everything if I got closer. Which in retrospect is pretty silly, since she was basically saying to go ahead, but oh well.
Brassocatanthe Neapolitan Cutey is Brassocattleya Hoku Gem x Brassanthe Maikai; it takes after the latter a lot more than it does the former, apparently, which is too bad, 'cause Hoku Gem is pretty.