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Dactylorhiza incarnata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 29 May 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

Dactylorhiza incarnata (Early March Orchid / Vleeskleurige orchis) is a very variable species both in flower colour and in stature. Nevertheless it is relatively distinctive because the individual flowers have a characteristic size and shape. They are always small, indeed disproportionately so on robust plants, compared to the stem, bracts and ovaries. The lip is no more than 9mm wide and usually rather less. Furthermore, the flowers appear even narrower because the sides of the lip are often folded downwards, sometimes sharply so. This narrow appearance is forther accentuated by the lateral sepals, which are held almost vertically above the flower as if it is holding its 'arms' up tu surrender ...

Image: Antwerpen (Belgium) 28/05/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/20 second F/13.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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dang from Atlanta, United States

Lovely bright colors, and saturation makes this pop.

29 May 2010 11:16am

@dang: Thanks, Tom !

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Prachtig! Super kleuren en prachtige details in bijna de hele foto. Erg knap.

29 May 2010 10:02pm

@Photome: Het is geen echt opvallende soort, dus moeten de details het maar doen :-)

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Remarkable. And I like the color.

29 May 2010 10:34pm

@GJC: The colour is all over the flower spike and gave its name to the species: incarnate means "coloured like meat"

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Yes, these flowers are noticeably different in shape. The purple detail is really pretty.

30 May 2010 5:11am

@Julie Brown: Thanks, Julie. The purple colour repeats in the bracts. I found this very interesting.

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Mooi die 2 stengels die de bloemen "omhelsen"

30 May 2010 8:26am

@Ralph: De stengels waar je naar refereert zijn eigenlijk de schutbladeren van de bloemen. Normaal staan ze recht naar boven. ik vond het naar mekaar toe krullen een detail dat de foto interesanter maakte - een soort natuurlijk kader, zeg maar.

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

A bit better than technically perfect :D.. Because.. I like the way those little coils rise upward like a nice soft frame.

30 May 2010 8:38pm

@Dutch: Thx :-) I was making pictures on the other side of the spike. Why? That was the sunny side :-) and so lightning was a bit more easy with the background. Purple flowers in combination with a green background are always very diffucult to get the colours right (other side of the colour-spectrum). While turning round the spike I just noticed these two bracts forming a little heart-shape. (Normally the bracts just stand straight up.) So i replaced tripod :-)) But then lightning problems occured.... So there are a few overlighted places in the background here... But i preferred this composition - glad you like it :-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/20 second
ISO 200
150 mm