Spencer’s grandparents live in a friendly┬áneighborhood. Their home is comfortable and seems fairly normal. But one of their basement doors is not like the others. If you open it, instead of leading to a storage room or a spare bedroom, you’ll find yourself in the tropics: a hot blast of air, nearly 100% humidity, and orchids everywhere.

purple orchids

Spencer took studio shots of the blooms one of the last times that we visited. Here are a few of my favorites.


This orchid has so many blooms because of a mutation. A beautiful mutant.

white orchid

Fun fact: Orchids are judged by the shape of the petals, the symmetry of the petals, and how the petals overlap. In other words, this is a winning plant.


We think we’ll print a few of these pictures for our home. Which would you choose?

yellow orchid

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  • Rebekah

    BEAUTIFUL! Wow. Talk about doing secret rooms right.

    • anneandspencer.com

      Thanks Bekah! Yeah I was quite surprised the first time I walked in.

  • Annie Packard

    I love this! What a great idea to print and display them!

    • anneandspencer.com

      Thanks Annie!