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Anacamptis papilionacea ssp. alibertis

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 30 April 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

When looking in my orchid books, I always admired this "Butterfly-orchid" (Anacamptis papilionacea - former Orchis papilionacea). The colour and the design on the lip with red to purple dots, dashees and strikes radiating from the base of the lip to the edge is realy spectacular for a flower.

On Crete there are 2 subspesies to be found. Ssp heroica is early flowering and due to the relative early season we only could find plants gone over. (disapointed !) The ssp. alibertis however was coming to bloom (14 days befor normal flowering time !). For me a dream came true finding them !

Taking good pictures of this subspecies is rather difficult because the lip is spade-like: The edges of the lip are always curved upwards so the unique lining-pattern is only visible from the top-side and that is an awesome angle for pictures... In this particular image I chose to use backlight in order to accentuate the lovely dark lines on the sepals, petals and lip. (Diameter of the lip about 10 mm).

Kria Vrisi (Crete - Greece) - 09/04/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/1000 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

wow... beautiful photo.. sharp and clear shot.. love the lighting.

30 Apr 2010 3:10pm

@Sarito: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Sarito. Next sunday (2 may) I will be visiting U.K for a day photographing orchids ... You'll see the results in a coupple of days :-)

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Erg mooi en bijzonder licht.

30 Apr 2010 3:42pm

@Photome: Tegenlicht dat door de bloemblaadjes valt geeft altijd mooie effecten. De belichting is vaak een pak moeilijker dan met het licht mee, maar o zo veel mooier qua details. De glinsteringen zijn gewoon de weerkaatsing van het licht in de afzonderlijke plantencellen... Op een macro-foto zie je vaak zoveel meer dan met het blote oog ...

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe !

30 Apr 2010 9:19pm

@Marie: Merci beaucoup, marie.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

wow, you can see every pore of her skin! And she is faultless ;)
Beautiful and elegant and so tiny! From this angle thy look like strange dogs I think =)

1 May 2010 7:25am

@daniela scharnowski: That is due to the backlight.... In this way light reflects on every cell ... It is indeed a very elegant species...

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Geweldig hoe die zon door de blaadjes heen schijnt!

1 May 2010 11:59am

@Ralph: Daar hou ik wel van, Ralph. Op die manier zie je details die je anders niet ziet: de zon reflecteert hier in de individuele plantencellen... die ze je anders enkel met een sterke loep.

Doug from Long Beach, United States

It does look like it could take flight with those petals.

2 May 2010 4:42am

@Doug: Indeed :-) Thanks for your visit and comment.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Welcome to UK!!! Where about are you going for your photoshoot?

2 May 2010 1:33pm

@Sarito: Thanks, Sarito. I went yesterday to Dover and wide surroundings. There are a few interesting orchid-populations there. The weather was awefull: rain whole day and wind making it very hard to get some good pictures. Maybe next year I'll return - lets pray for some sun then ... I'll display some pictures from UK next days.

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Well, if a flower could be called delicious.. you certainly have photographed one that way!

2 May 2010 9:55pm

@Self-Indulgence: THX !

Canon EOS 400D
1/1000 second
ISO 200
150 mm