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Orchis militaris f. albiflora

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 26 May 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

Sometimes orchids are lacking their typical coloring. These forms are called "albiflora" and are relatively rare. These are not real albino forms because the leaves still have the green colour. Only the flowers are white. This picture shows the albiflora form of Orchis militaris, a species I posted a few days ago and is normally purple and rose coloured.

Image: Visé (B) - 26/05/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/320 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Compositie en kleur zijn mooi, ik vind het jammer dat je weinig detailering ziet met name in de bloem recht van voren, waardoor het erg plat lijkt.

26 May 2010 7:43am

@Mascha: Ik apprecieer je eerlijke commentaar. Het was ontzettend moeilijk om in een puur witte bloem waar geen structuur in zat nog meer structuur te krijgen ... Ik koos voor de beperkte scherptediepte om de diepte van de plant wat weer te geven, maar blijkbaar komt het toch niet over zoals ik bedoeld had. Volgende keer beter :-)

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

That is interesting. Were you looking for this or did you just happen upon it?

26 May 2010 10:02am

@Julie Brown: In huge populations these albiflora forms can be found from time to time. I always pay attention to that. I have been on the same place for some years now and never found one there, so I was realy surprised on finding this one. It is always a happy finding and it just makes my day :-)
(Actually it was the first albiflora of this particular species i found, i've seen more on other species)

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Casper 't spookje?! :) Ik kan niet meegaan in het commentaar van Mascha want ik zie op mijn scherm voldoende structuur in deze mooie witte bloemetjes en ze zijn mooi belicht.

27 May 2010 4:35am

@Monique: Misschien zijn jullie schermen anders ingesteld... Zo zie je maar dat foto's vaak anders overkomen op andere pc's of bij verschillende kijkers. Dank je, Monique.

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

Zo mooi die bloemblaadjes. Zeer knap beeld!

27 May 2010 9:47pm

@Joke: Dank je, Joke. Witte bloemen zijn steeds mooi om op beeld te zetten, maar moeilijk om voldoende detailering in te krijgen. Het is al snel een gewoon wit vlak, en dat is niet meer boeiend om naar te kijken.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Little white soldiers, waiting for the shift to end and ready for the weekend?
Hmm, they don´t look too scary, so I might invite them to a drink! ;D

27 May 2010 10:12pm

@daniela scharnowski: The white one's have always been the "good" ones :-) So put on the cans of beer on the table :-)

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

I know you said these were small but as a child I would have small fingers and still want to play with the little soldiers. Because they are white, these are the 'good guys' ! My daughter used to hold and pet honeybees because they were furry, speaking of small... Never once did she get stung. It was amazing how she could collect a bug in her hand that everyone else was afraid of. Now grown it doesn't work that way anymore so maybe it's an innocence thing.

28 May 2010 1:18pm

@Dutch: At least Orchids does not bite or sting ... :-)) Which we could approach nature the way children do..
Sometimes, when I'm seeïng a Butterfly I find that child in myself, just saying: WOW !

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
ISO 200
150 mm