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Ophrys apifera #2

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 18 June 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

This is exactly the same specimen as yesterdays image but this time in side-view.
As explained yesterday, this species is self-pollinated. In this side-vieuw you can easily see the colomn from which is said to resemble the head an beak of a duck. Also the pollinia can be seen verry well... one just bungling down but be sure to pay attention to the one who has already reached the stigma to pollinate the flower... In this way seeds are easily produced which is without doubt part of the secret of its succes.

This year spring was very cold and dark in Belgium so the flowers are opening about 14 days later then normal shedule ... but there are lots and lots more then in previous years. I don't know if there is a connection between this but if so, for me sping may be cold and dark the next years. :-)))

It is one of the most beautiful plants to be found in Belgium... but still endangered and on the red list !
Let's enjoy strange and beautiful nature !

Image: Treignes (B) - 10/06/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Let's enjoy strange and beautiful nature !
Now that´s easy with your pictures.
This sideview and your explanation about the selfpollination are fantastic. Photographically the dof is a sheer challenge [ I never used and agled viewfinder or whatever you call it) but I can´t imagine that it´s easier to see waht is focussed and what not], I love how you focussed the lines in a "V" form, well regulated focus. Very 5starry picture. have agreat day Johan ;D

18 Jun 2010 6:30am

@daniela scharnowski: Daniela,
the angled viewfinder does not change anything about seeing focus or anything else. The only reason I use it is that when i'm working very close to ground-level, my head mostly has no place anymore to see through the viewfinder... The angled viewfinder is just a kind of periscope. You still can look though this even when the camera is placed onto the ground.
This image is more "graphical" interesting then the previous one, so focussing on the right place is extremly important to create the desired effect. It needs some practice :D ..
Have a nice weekend and thx for the effort on commenting so many images !

Bear from Cambridge, United Kingdom

Truely beautiful. Incredibly crisp picture.

18 Jun 2010 7:34am

@Bear: Thank you very much, Bear. In making images of these types of 3-dimentional images it is not important to get the whole flower in focus, but focusing on the right spot ... That will make it a bit more easy to get a good result ... (Needs some practice but worthwile to try different focussing points). Good luck on your next orchid finds ...

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

yes, you can see the pollinia very well from this view. How is this species protected if it is endangered?

Have you ever heard of the book the "Orchid Thief" by Susan Orleans? I have not read it, but I understand that finding orchids in the wild to sell to collectors is a big deal in the Amercian South. A movie was also made from this book.

18 Jun 2010 2:40pm

@Julie Brown: I did not read that book either. There are many books about orchid collectors mainly in the 19th centuary that was common practice.
In Belgium all species are protected by law. But that is mostly just a piece of written paper ... in the field there is very little one can do to prevent them from being plucked or dug out. The only thing we can do is care about the habitats these species are growing in and trying to keep these habitats in good shape. Not sharing exact finding spots of the most endangered species also helps ... :-) I know - that sounds a bit selfish - nature belongs to everyone, but sadly enough, orchids are still dug out for commercial purposes...
Thx for your comment and caring.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Zo kun je goed zien hoe het allemaal in zijn werk gaat. De DOF is erg mooi en dat op F5.6! Je laat een hele wereld voor me open gaan, tot nu toe kende ik van weblogland alleen die roze orchis die in Nederland sporadisch voorkomt.

18 Jun 2010 2:56pm

@Monique: Hm, "de roze orchis die in Nederland sporadisch voorkomt" is wel een erg moeilijke soortbeschrijving :P In Nederland komen zo een 40-tal soorten orchideetjes in het wild voor, waaronder een heeeeel pak roze :-))) hehe. Maakt ook niet uit. Ben blij dat je van mijn foto's een en ander kan opsteken wat je interessant kan vinden. Dank je zeer voor al je complilmenten en maak er een fijn weekend van, monique.

valenttin from Navodari, Romania

Love your works

18 Jun 2010 4:47pm

@valenttin: That is nice to hear, Valentin. Thx for your visit and comment and always welcome.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Mooie vormen, maar de foto van gister heeft mijn voorkeur!!

18 Jun 2010 5:57pm

@Mascha: Een totaal ander beeld dan gisteren inderdaad. Op deze manier benadruk ik het 3-dimentionele aspect van de bloem een stuk meer. Je voorkeur is je van harte gegund. Op zich positief dat je tussen beide beelden een bewuste keuze maakt :-) Over smaak en voorkeur valt nu eenmaal niet te redetwisten :-)

dang from Atlanta, United States

Love the entire series, Johan. Great seeing the side showing the shape, well done.

18 Jun 2010 7:20pm

@dang: Thanks, Luc (and sorry for my severe critical comment ;-) )

Joy from Ahmedabad, India

nice picture and description :)

19 Jun 2010 4:53am

@Joy: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Joy.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

@LOL ... zie je ook hoe onwetend ik ben als het op orchideeën aan komt! Ik denk dat ik de brede orchis bedoel, die zie ik wel eens langskomen bij de webbies.

19 Jun 2010 8:30am

@Monique: Dat van de brede orchis zou wel eens kunnen ;-) Dat is nogal een opvallende soort... en niet zo bijzonder zeldzaam ... Het is ook de orchis die het bloeiseizoen aankondigt: meestal staat ze als een van de eerste open...

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

And because of yesterdays conversation I have to say... sexyyy flowerrr :) I like this view actually, very fluid.

19 Jun 2010 8:45pm

@Dutch: I did not zoom in enough though :D Thx, Kristen !

Canon EOS 400D
1/100 second
ISO 200
150 mm