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Anacamptis morio #3

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 16 May 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

Normally my Belgian Orchid-season starts on 1 may. Due to cold and bad weather I had to wait untill yesterday to make my first trip (of a long series) in Belgium, searching for Belgian wild Orchids. Due to this cold and rainy weather, the season is well behind. So we only could find a few species open yet, the others still in buds. The species I show today, I showed before from my trip to UK. This picture demonstrates the variation in colour of this particular species. Most of the time they are deep purplish like the one on the left, sometimes pink flowers can be found. It is rare they stand so close to eauch other. In Belgium it is a rare and endangered species with only about 15 - 20 places left where they can be found.

Image: Durbuy (B) 15/5/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/250 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Frederike from Rostock, Germany

wonderful :) I'm still waiting for spring

16 May 2010 10:12am

@Frederike: This weekend the temperatures startet to become some higher here ... And the sun showed up for the first time since .... long :-) I'll send this weather a little more to the east in your direction. Give me a signal when it arrives :-)

Florence from Paris, France

Lovely and lively ! Great shot of a colorful duet !

16 May 2010 1:10pm

@Florence: Thank you very much, Florence. The colours are indeed wonderfull. This species can be found in all colours between those two in the picture. Even mixed flowers with purple lip and white hat or vica versa ... Wonderfull sometimes.

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Ce sont des orchidées sauvages??

16 May 2010 4:07pm

@Olivier: Yes, Olivier. These are wild orchid species from Belgium :-)) Surprised they still grow in our country ?
(Sorry to respond in English, my Frensh is too bad to write, but I mostly understand)

Lotte from Odder, Denmark

Tres jolie cette photo.

16 May 2010 8:33pm

@Lotte: Thank you very much, Lotte. Glad you like it.
I saw your picture of the Dolmens - wonderfull landscape-image !

"Dutch" from Chicagoland, United States

I didn't know that orchids had so many blooms on one stalk. I'm guessing some do and some don't?

19 May 2010 3:16am

@"Dutch": Indeed, it highly depends on the genus. The Ophrys species for instance have few flowers (5), while some others like Himantoglossum have more than 100 ...

Annie Viguié from Bordeaux, France

Two colors very beautiful !

28 May 2010 7:49am

@Annie Viguié: Thank you very much, Annie. This species is very multicoloured, but is is seldom you can find them standing so close to eachother. So I took this opportunity ....

Canon EOS 400D
1/250 second
ISO 200
150 mm