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Spiranthes spiralis #2

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 7 September 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

A detail of yesterdays species. (some general info about the species can be found there). The flowers are very small, trumpet-shaped tubes. Sepals and tepals are white, often washed green towards the base. The lip is pale green, becomming whiter towards the edges, with two small, globular nectaries at the base. It can be oval or even heart-shaped with a slightly squared-off tip, and the sides curve upwards to form a trough or gutter. For the entire length te lip also bends downwards to resemble the lip of a china teapot's spout. There are abundant glandular hairs on the stem, ovaries and sepals. The white heart-shaped structure in the center of the middle flower are pollinia (not the normal position !). The way these ended up there I will tell in the next image (the story of pollination).

Image: Zuid-Holland (NL) - 03/09/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/15 second F/14.0 ISO 100 150 mm

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Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Prachtige scherpte van kop tot teen en de bloemetjes liggen zo mooi gedrapeerd rondom de stengel. Heel erg mooi Johan!

7 Sep 2010 6:51am

@Monique: De spiraalvorm van de bloemaar maakt dit voor mij tot een van de mooiste soorten wilde orchideeën die je in onze streken kan vinden. Erg bijzonder.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

The flowers make an exotic chain. Thanks for the information, Johan!

7 Sep 2010 9:28am

@Marilla: Very welcome, Marilla.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

une tres belle "spirale" naturelle !!
5 etoiles !
amitiés !

7 Sep 2010 2:00pm

@marc battault: Wobnderfull forms in nature ... Thanks Marc.

carla from Netherlands

Prachtige detailfoto, heel bijzonder ook.

7 Sep 2010 4:24pm

@carla: Hopelijk kom je ze op een dag ook eens tegen ... (Geen idee waar in Nederland je ergens woont - dus wie weet staan ze wel bij je in de buurt). Dank voor je bezoekje alweer.

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom


7 Sep 2010 8:43pm

@Christine: It is a wonderful species, isn't it ?

Mary from PA, United States

Magnificent capture of the intricate details!!! Such elegance in such a tiny flower...

8 Sep 2010 1:56am

@Mary: I'm continuously amazed by the forms and patterns of nature. This is a realy fine and elegant example. Thanks, Mary.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Perfectly centered, very well focused, the hairs make the plant look soft to the touch, fragile even. Now to reading your description because I prefer to let your images carry me where they will and then get down to learning ;) Nice lead in to the next photo and progression from the last. So my question is.. do you remember a lot of the details you share? I would think by now the words would be second nature to you :)

8 Sep 2010 3:27am

@Dutçh: Thanks for all the compliments. First of all I hope my images can speak for themselves... it is a photosite after all :-) For those who are interested i'm hapy to share the knowledge I gather on the species. The thinks I don't remember: the common names in other languages ... I do look them up because most people do know these species by the common name rather then te scientific name. I'm happy to know the scientific and Dutch common name - for me that is enough :-) The other descriptions and details I mostly know before taking images of the species. Most of the time I have to drive many km's to find the species I want to capture so I do prepare my trips very carefully. Knowing determinations, knowing certain habits of species, etc. is all part of that. Nature is my passion - making images of it to show it's beauty is part of that ... For me the most difficult part is writing in English because it is not my native language. Hope this is an anwer to your question ?

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

excellent macro! love the light and tones

8 Sep 2010 4:33pm

@Magda: Thanks Magda. It is a very elegant species with great oportunities to make good macro's.

Saeed Rasoulof from Tehran, Iran

great shot , nice details :)

8 Sep 2010 5:58pm

@Saeed Rasoulof: Thank you for your visit and your comment, Saeed.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

extraordinary flower !

8 Sep 2010 8:09pm

@Veronique: It is indeed, Veronique. A kind of "exotic" look with that spiral ...

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

It's a great answer. I feel I tax you with my english at times. But I applaud you for doing so well. Mijn Nederlands is niet goed. Ik denk ik te oud te leren. <-- and I bet you are grinning at my poor attempt. Mooi foto ;)

9 Sep 2010 3:21am

@Dutçh: your bet was right :p :p :p I discovered google translation - a wonderfull tool when I don't understand a word ... At least we do understand each others visual language !

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

great texture

9 Sep 2010 12:30pm

@Betsy Barron: Thanks for your visit and comment(s), Betsy.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Wunderbar, diese schönen Details ! Ist diese Art auch so klein wie die Sommer-Drehwurz ?

9 Sep 2010 5:04pm

@Loner: As said in previous answer, I never saw the S.aestivalis in real but it should be very similar. The main differences are the flowering period and the habitat. It is one of the finest orchids in Europe I think ...

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Beautiful composition and lovely exposure. I like how the stem twists around. This is very pleasing, Johan.

11 Sep 2010 1:19pm

@Julie Brown: The spiral form is a very graphic element in the flower and beautiful to portrait. Kind of unusual in nature ...

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Heel mooi!

14 Feb 2011 4:48pm

@Aubélia: Waarvoor dank ... :-)

Canon EOS 400D
1/15 second
ISO 100
150 mm