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Serapias lingua

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 25 April 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

Serapias lingua (Tongue-orchid / Tongorchis) is a common species on Crete. At some places we found populations of several thousands of individuals. People who aren't familiar with terrestrial orchids will not easy recognise this species as an orchid... but it surely is !
During the night, several species of bees use the hole in the flower as a sleeping-place... I will be showing a picture of this during the next days (still have to organise all my images ....)

Spili (Crete - Greece) - 06/04/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/60 second F/9.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Schitterende compositie met geweldige kleuren en details. Ook het onscherpe zachte is mooi in deze foto.

25 Apr 2010 7:03am

@Photome: Dank je ! Ik probeer zoveel mogelijk lage f-waarden te gebruiken om het plant los te maken van de achtergrond - iets wat op Kreta meestal zeer moeilijk is, daar de orchideetjes daar meestal temidden van de doornstruiken staan...

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Beautiful !

25 Apr 2010 7:04am

@Hiro: Thank you very much !

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

the texture and colour is splendid

25 Apr 2010 9:12am

@Skyriani: These are really lovely flowers to see. Thanks for your visit and comment.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

hey, you must be the orchid-guy! ;D
So much elegance put in one petal - fantastic specimen and photo.

25 Apr 2010 9:24am

@daniela scharnowski: from moss-mann to orchid-guy ... just a few pictures away :-) Thanks very much, Daniela.

Olivier from Manage, Belgium


25 Apr 2010 6:28pm

@Olivier: Merci beaucoup !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Nice detail on the petal, Johan. Interesting background info on the flower. Looking forward to more!

25 Apr 2010 11:06pm

@Julie Brown: Thanks Julie ! Serapias are really hard to get a decent picture. I'm glad this one turned out very well. (You'll defenitely get more pictures on Cretan orchids and flora the next month.)

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

I particularly like the composition, where you have created "contact" between different elements of the photo. Well done.

26 Apr 2010 1:07pm

@GJC: I think this is a great comment. Thank your very much for this !

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Such sparkling detail Johan!

27 Apr 2010 3:29am

@Self-Indulgence: I particular liked the lines on this lip. No artist can make this up ;-)

dang from Atlanta, United States

The entire orchid series is stunning, as usual.

29 Apr 2010 10:44pm

@dang: Thank you very much ! European Orchids are my favorite photo-object and I study on them. That is my real passion :-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/60 second
ISO 200
150 mm