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Ophrys insectifera #2

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 15 June 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

I showed a detail of one flower of this species before (see image 18/05) and a colourless specimen (see image 27/05).
Most of the time only individual flowering spikes can be found, but sometimes a few plants grow together. I found several groups and I decedid to show a picture of these in order to give an impression on the flowering spikes. The flowers look like flies as the common name states: Fly-orchid / Vliegenorchis

image: Viroinval (B) 3/06/2010

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

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Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Guten Morgen, Johan ! Eine sehr schöne Orchideenaufnahme. Die "Fliegenragwurz" ist eine der häufigsten Orchideen bei uns in Tirol.

15 Jun 2010 5:59am

@Loner: I'm very glad to hear that this species can easily be found in Tirol. In Belgium it is very rare and endangered. Maybe next summer I plan a trip to Switserland and Tirol in the beginning of July. There are surely some orchid-species I did not see yet. Have a nice evening. Gr. Johan

Florence from Paris, France

Oh ! They look like gloves, special gloves I must admit... Alien gloves with 4 fingers... oh yes, I know... I have probably too much imagination... :-)
Perfect focus and excellent rendering on colors Johan.

15 Jun 2010 7:11am

@Florence: There is nothing wrong with imagination :-) I'm glad I can smile with these comments... Just a way of seeing things I never knew they were in my images ... :-)))) Thx for the compliments, Florence.

♏arleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Wat een vrolijk bungelende bloempjes:-) Toch best wel een andere uitstraling dan vliegen......
Prachtig vastgelegd.

15 Jun 2010 8:19am

@♏arleen: Hoe dichterbij je komt, hoe minder ze op vliegjes lijken, maar ik moet toegeven dat zulk een bloemaartje vanop enkele meter echt wel de indruk wekt dat er een reeks vliegjes op een grasstengel zitten. De naam is wellicht ook niet voor niets daarom gegeven en in zowat alle talen is de verwijzing naar de vliegjes significant. Het moet met het uitzicht te maken hebben, want vliegen komen bij de bestuiving helemaal niet te pas. Deze soort trekt 1 welbepaalde soort wesp aan die voor de bestuiving moet zorgen.

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Macro supernatural full of sharpness

15 Jun 2010 8:41am

@Marie LC: It is a wonderfull species to make images. Forms and colours are just wonderfull. Thx, Marie.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Al die verschillende figuurtjes zijn zo leuk ... dit zijn geen vliegen maar cola gummiebeertjes van fluweel! Je hebt weer goed gebruik weten te maken van het warme licht, erg mooie foto!

15 Jun 2010 9:40am

@Monique: De foto is gemaakt na 20:00 toen de zon al heel erg laag gezakt was en je dus het beroemde 'strijklicht' begint te krijgen. Dat is mijn favoriete belichting: mooie warme kleuren en zachte schaduwen en nooit een hard bovenopvallende belichting.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

So, the flowers look like flies, and the blood red color is supposed to attract flies as well?

15 Jun 2010 10:48am

@Julie Brown: From a distance they indeed look like flies. This is only in human eyes ! For pollination this species attracts the males of just one wasp-species (Argogorytes mystaceus) (so no flies!) . I witnessed a pseudocopulation of this wasp on this orchidspecies on my last orchid trip previous week, but was too late with the camera to make some pictures. It happened realy quick !

Carmen from Madrid, Spain

very nice composition and colors!

15 Jun 2010 12:37pm

@Carmen: Thank you very much, Carmen.

Marie from FRESNES, France

très belle lumière.

15 Jun 2010 1:40pm

@Marie: The picture was taken after 20:00. That time the light is very soft and warm. It's my favorite light for making images.

Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤ from Brecht, Belgium

Wat fijne bloemekes, heel mooi, bloedrood

15 Jun 2010 7:35pm

@Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤: hm, bloedrood ? Dan moet je volgens mij je monitor toch even bijstellen want bij mij (en in het echt) zijn ze eerder roodbruin en zelfs meer naar het bruine toe getint ...

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

Like little dancing faeries. I like this presentation.. I think because they are farther away than your first and because they have color unlike your second.. you can really see their little dance troupe in action.

15 Jun 2010 11:36pm

@Dutch: Sometimes it is hard to choose between the detailed image or the complete flower spike ... I love the details, but it is harder to imagine reality for one who has never seen the species... I mostly make both kinds of images :-)

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

A top notch group shot Johan!
This reminds me enormous of a genealogical family tree ;D
Love your silky smooth backgrounds and this fly-orchid-goblin clan!

17 Jun 2010 8:04am

@daniela scharnowski: Your descriptions of my images are just great ! "fly-orchid-goblin-clan" - super ! I admire your imagination (and a few other skills you have :p )

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Mooie vormen en kleur!!

18 Jun 2010 5:54pm

@Mascha: Alle orchideetjes uit het geslacht "Ophrys" zijn echt wonderbaarlijk gevormd. Dank alweer vvoor het bezoekje.

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

I went to the doctor this morning, and we were talking about science.
The unlimitedness life mystery, and little of knowledge which we have of it, teaches us the humility... It is also true for the beauty of the nature as you shows us always so well...
do you know this blog?, you may love it...

18 Jun 2010 7:34pm

@KriKridesign: That is a blog I did not discover yet. Thanks for the link, I'll spend some more time on that blog tomorrow.
I'm glad you still like my images :-)) Thanks for the compliments.
When are your expositions opening ? Hope your preparations are going as planned !
Nice weekend and warm greetings.

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