Christmas is the bees knees dad
Merry Christmas dad, here’s the bee’s knees. I did a little internet research to answer your question. It seems that most people think the bees in bee’s knees is just one bee and therefore the apostrophe should go before the s. Hmm… might need to let the American who named this orchid know he misplaced his apostrophe! I also found out that the bee’s knees has many pseudonyms; including the cat’s pjamas and the cat’s whiskers. Some pseudonyms fell out of use. These include the flea’s eyebrows, the eel’s ankle, the elephant’s instep and the snake’s hip. Personally, I cannot imagine why they aren’t in use today. I think the snake’s hip would make a mighty fine name for an orchid. It beats all those other orchids which are named after women – Sylvia Fry et al – or, worse, sunsets.
For readers interested in photography rather than the idiosyncrasies of naming orchids, the above photo was taken using my standard 18-55mm lens. The one below, is with my new +4 close-up filter attached. All other settings remain the same (55mm, f/5.6 for 1/80 sec).
After I was satisfied with the close-up of the photo – and let’s face it, I had no choice but to be satisfied as the +4 is the highest magnifying filter I have – I decided to give it another go on manual settings to see if I could bring out the colour a little more.
That’s when I got this shot, which I think is the bee’s knees.
Merry Christmas dad and congrats on growing this little beauty. Just one little piece of advice: next time you have the opportunity to name an orchid, I think you can’t go past the flea’s eyebrows. It will be a bestseller!