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Cephalanthera rubra

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 8 July 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

I'll take some time again to update my project on European orchids with some species I found last weeks. The first to present here is Cephalanthera rubra (Red helleborine / Rood bosvogeltje). There were some days in history this species could be found in Belgium, but nowadays I have to travel to Germany to find it. (There is also a place in Holland, but those are human-planted specimens - so no option for me...). In previous years I always was too early or too late to find it blooming, but this year for the first time I was able to see one of the most attractive West-European orchids in full glance. With a color closer to pink than red it can be found mainly in beechwoods. It is a shy flower: even when it flowers, there may be more non-flowering plants in the vicinity, and it can remain in a vegetative state for many years. I found about 12 plants with only 4 of them flowering... In the dark beechwood I had to wait over half an hour until a scarce glimpse of sunlight touched the flowers to get this image.

Image: Bad-Münstereifel (DE) - 02/07/2010

Canon EOS 400D 3/10 second F/9.0 ISO 200 150 mm

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Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Je hebt er heel wat voor over om deze prachtige bloemenfamilie vast te leggen! Deze is inderdaad meer pink dan rood, maar wat een leuke naam voor dit elegante bloemetje. Je hebt de vorm erg mooi weten vast te leggen, het is net een vogeltje dat zijn vleugels uitslaat. Missie meer dan geslaagd zou ik zo zeggen ;)

9 Jul 2010 3:33am

@Monique: Tja op het vlak van europese orchideeën ben ik nog net iets meer dan fanatiek :-) Noem het een passie :-) Tijdens het bloeiseizoen gaat zowat mijn hele vrije tijd op aan het bezoeken van bekende of nieuwe vindplaatsen. Deze soort had ik al vaak of nog in knop of al uitgebloemd gezien. Ik was gewoon in de wolken ze voor de eerste keer bloeiend aan te treffen. Ik heb die dag een 550 km gereden... Gelukkig is er steeds wel meer te zien dan enkele bloemetjes. De vlinders van de voorbije dagen zijn van dezelfde trip...
Bedankt alweer voor je enthousiaste commentaar, Monique.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

I appreciate the time you invest in waiting for the right light - it always pays off!
This lovely pinky bird is looking quite cheeky ;) I would love you had given her more space on the left upper corner ;P

9 Jul 2010 5:53pm

@daniela scharnowski: It's indeed a little red bird :-) I was so happy finding it flowering that I did not want this bird to fly off ... to a tiny cage around with not to much space :p

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Very pretty, nice dof and a little abstract for you in the positioning. [I would do this!] You are experimenting? :P Thinking outside the box!

10 Jul 2010 4:05am

@Dutçh: I'm always experimenting :p

Canon EOS 400D
3/10 second
ISO 200
150 mm