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Dactylorhiza fuchsii

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 20 June 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

Dactylorhiza fuchsii (Common spotted orchid / Bosorchis) is closely related to Dactylorhiza maculata, the species I showed yesterday. Identification is usually straightforward. The leaves are marked all over with solid dark spots, the flowers are various shades of pink or lilac and the lip is divided into three roughly equeal lobes and decorated with bold dark lines and loops. The main difference with D. maculata is the division of the lip wich is broader and the lobes are very unequal in size. In this image you can see 3 flowering spikes standing close to eachother. I focused on the middle spike in order to create some depth in the picture.

Image: Visé (B) - 17/06/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/800 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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dang from Atlanta, United States

Good shot of these, I think the extra snap in this shot works well, along with choice of focus. Good job as usual.

20 Jun 2010 7:45am

@dang: Thx, Tom.

Florence from Paris, France

A crowd of orchids ! Great ! And unusual ! They are gorgeous.

20 Jun 2010 10:12am

@Florence: It is always nice to find some flowering spikes standing close. Most people would make an image of them standing in the same focus-line - I wanted something else. Glad you like it, Florence.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Hello Johan! I love the sharp half circle of blossoms here but I´m not satisfied with the compo totally - even if that would mean jump off the format, I would cut the right side, so that the focusline isn´t too centered, I would start cropping where the upper right blossom ends. Sorry, am picky today...

20 Jun 2010 10:58am

@daniela scharnowski: You are right about the too centered focusline. That is not my usual way of composing ... I tried some different points of view in the field but found no other solution... I did not consider a crop simply because I mostly don't crop my images and certainly not in other formats, but maybe it is the right solution here... I will surely try ! You should be picky more ... gives some realy good ideas :D

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Yes, the difference in the lobes is very apparent after reading your description and comparing the two photos.
I think Daniela has a good point about the crop-the out-of-focus stalk on the right takes some attention away from the middle stalk, which is in focus.

20 Jun 2010 6:46pm

@Julie Brown: I agree on the suggestions made by Daniella (and you). I definitely am going to try a different crop for this image. Thanks for thinking about that and the honest comments ! Frome these ones I learn the most !

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

Another pretty cluster :)

25 Jun 2010 1:35am

@Dutch: Thanks, Kristen.

Canon EOS 400D
1/800 second
ISO 200
150 mm