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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-16
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-25 2:35
Viewed: 5579
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Nothing special - and therefore more or less forgotten, that picture has been waiting in my „to post“ file since more than two years. It was taken in the Tyrol on a mountain meadow at approximately 2600 meters above sea level. In front of Vernagt glaciers, it shows

Nigitella nigra (L.)

a mountain orchid that may be found in Scandinavia as well as at high elevations in the Alps - and the Pyrenees (thank you, Ferran) - above the treeline. Probably a relic of ice age.

In Scandinavia, it seems to be known as “Brunkulla” or “Svartkurle”. German language field guides call it “Schwarzes Kohlröschen”. Italians call it “Nigritella nera”. In the Tyrol, local people call it “Prunallelen”.

Kneeling down in front of that orchid and sticking your nose right into its blossoms is recommended. It has such a lovely sweet smell of Vanilla you might get high from sniffing. Local shepherds and other folks used to ornate their hats with bunches of that orchid. Once growing in good numbers, it has become quite rare. Now it is protected, and picking no longer is allowed. Just sniffing.

Camera: SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 6mm wideangle zoom (= 36mm at 35mm SLR), F/4.5, 1/1000sec., ISO-125; handheld, no flash; 16.07.2006, 09:00.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements: uncropped image downsized to web presentation, selectively resharpened, levels slightly adjusted.

Will post a few other observations from that area soon.
Have a very nice day.

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Hi Peter,
A very special and very typical species of the alpine meadows as the one of the picture. It is a beautiful species that also we have in the Pyrenees. Precious colors.
TFS. Best regards. Ferran.

Hello Peter,

It must be a coincidence that we are gallery-neighbours, both with a picture from Austria. And your photo's subject is one that I'm very interested in: Orchids
It is a nice picture of a very nice flower, and it shows the flower in it's specific landscape very well. Personally I'd prefer more forground, so you see more grasses and the leaves of this specimen.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-02-25 3:12]

Hallo Peter,
It's very nice capture against the lovely BG.I liked low level POV,use of DOF,3D effect,framing,details and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Lieber Peter!

Das Schwarze Kohlröschen gehört mitunter zu meinen Lieblingsblumen. Vielleicht deshalb, weil bereits mein Vater diese Blume fotografiert hatte und uns bei Bergwanderungen auf sie aufmerksam machte.

Ich mag Dein schlichtes und so gefälliges Bild sehr. Es zeigt uns alle Einzelheiten dieser besonderen Blume vor einem wunderschönen Hintergrund. Mir ist, als ob ich den typischen Vanillegeruch spüren kann...

As Grüessli


Hello Peter,
Super composition for Nigitella. It might be having more blackish shades hence species is known as nigra.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-02-25 4:40]

Liber Peter,
Habe als erste Dein "Männertreu" gesehen, wie wir diese schöne Blume bei uns nennen. Allerdings war ich am Kochen, und hatte keine Zeit Kommentare zu schreiben. Diese Blume erinnert mich, wie auch scheinbar Markus, an die Kindheit. Meine Mama liebte wilde Blumen über alles und kannte auch ihre deutschen Namen. Nigritella nigra ist bei uns sehr verbreitet, speziell auf der Moosalp. Mir gefällt dieses "offene" schlichte Bild. Es spricht mich an, ohne dass ich es eigentlich erklären könnte.
Uenbrigens als wir letztes Jahr mit Dieter und Markus auf der Moosalp waren, roch doch der liebe Markus überall Vanille...und schwärmte und schwärmte.
Herzlichen Dank für dieses so viele Erinnerungen weckende Bild.
Herzlich grüsst aus Bern

Hello Peter,
this is two pictures in one.
First a beautiful landscape with lovely colours and great deep.
And then a beautiful flower picture with a lovely orchid the "brunkulla".
All together this is a great picture, my friend
Very well done,

Hy Peter
I am glad that you post one of my favourite orchids, even if I din't sow it yet, but only N.rubra. Both species are growing in the Carpathians also, but the rubra is more frequent! Bot are on the Romanian Red List, and are protected and vulnerable in the Bern Convention.
TFS and all the best!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-25 9:44]

Hi, dear Peter.
It is very nice to see your "old" new picture with pleasant for me subject. You know O like your close-ups, which contain landscapes. And both wonderful wild flower and surrounding mountains are representation very well. You have shown amazing colours, stem and petals of the flower perfectly. Shapes of the mountains are very attractive (especially for steppe citizen) and sunlight and fine clean sky are excellent as a scenery for flower beauty. My kind regards and TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-02-25 9:59]

Hello Peter,
Very nice photo in a great composition. Beautiful environment.

Hallo Peter
diese wilde Orchidée ist wirklich schön, ihre dunkel rote Farbe gefällt mir sehr gut und macht einen guten Kontrast auf dem wunderbaren blauen Himmel
die Bergen im hintergrund sind sehr eindrucksvoll
Grüsse aus Frankreich

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2009-02-25 11:17]
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Hi Peter,
I always like your pov. It is always very nice to see the surroundings of a flower (or other subject) and you always know how to capture that. This was taken with good dof and great lighting. Very nice colours and good sharpness of the subject.
You have inspired me to try this kind of shots, so next time when I am in Tyrol I will give it a try.
Vielen dank

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-25 11:35]

Hi Peter.. I know this has been said but i two grat pictures in one. The fine mountain side and the this beautiful flower. Which you have taken with fine deyail ans rich colours. I like the blurred bg . well done TFs.

Hello Peter,
a very beautiful picture of Nigritella nigra taken from an excellent POV with a great wide-angle perspective, very good sharpness and bright colours.
Best regards.

Hi Peter,
I've just been browsing your pages of fantastic alpine shots,amazed at the variety of wildflowers you have there.
This little orchid is similar to some that I've seen here,and will post soon.
Many of our orchids have no scent at all,and some have a vey subtle scent that most people can't smell.
The native orchid group here love me because I can sniff out our elusive spider orchids in the forest.
This is a great shot showing the flower in its natural environment.
I see a few rows of pixels across the sky though,a result of shooting at certain angles towards the light I think.Its unfortunate,but doesn't detract from the photo too much.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-02-25 14:36]

Hi Peter,as you know,in this pic the point of view make a difference! This is a top quality pic,especially the colors are a beautiful wonder! Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

great wide angle, TFS Ori

Bonjour Peter,
Compte tenu de la taille de cette fleur l'angle de prise de vue est remarquable pour obtenir une telle mise en valeur dans une composition très soignée aux plans nettement individualisés par leur structure et leur texture.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-02 13:00]

Hola Peter,
perfecto encuadre y hermoso pov,
atractivos colores y foco,
saludos amigo.

Hallo Peter
Nothing special to you, an absolute delight to me. The combination of colours is very eye-catching and stimulates the mind while looking at it. In your image I see at least four different flower species and I am sure there are plenty more. I would love to walk around in that mountain and explore all the beauties one by one. Looking at this image has a very calming effect on the mind and therefore it cannot be only nothing special.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-07 7:03]

Hello Peter,
This is the sort of flower portrait I like: taken from a low POV with fine sharpness to show this N. nigra orchid against the BG of its habitat in a superb composition. The complete flower shot IMO!
Thanks for sharing this beauty and have a good weekend,
Best wishes,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-03-07 11:57]

Hello Peter !
Nothing special, you say - I do not agree with you on this point. The flower in itself is such a beauty, I like her shape, her color, and then you have combined it with the wonderful mountains in the BG ; beautiful, and in the same time it shows us the environment where you found the forest. Light, colors, composition, POV, everything is excellent. I really like it. Very well done !

Hi Peter,

I like the depth and framing of this shot. Well placed beauty in the frame against the dreamy mountain backdrop. Well captured and framed and TFS.

Best regards,

the relation between the subject and its environment always amazes me and its one of the least recorded in the photography circles. I love this picture for the same reason! The placement of the subject in the frame coupled by the diagonal curve of the hill and far OOF mountain to add mystery makes the viewer mesmerized.
A master stroke from the master:-)

BTW there is whiskey in India called "Master Stroke" and ur picture gives me the same amount of kick he he he he.

Fiel a tu estilo Peter, no se con que quedarme: con la flor o con el magnífico entorno.
Un precioso documento, que además te transporta !

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-03-28 8:17]
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Hello Peter,
What a lovely view of Nigritella in its natural environment. Great focus and wonderful colours!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Peter,

Very suggestive image, nice composition, however I feel PoV could be a bit lower and the orchid a bit bigger in the fame. Colors and exposure are gorgeous, though.

I've seen an, habitat-wise almost similar species (Dactylorhiza incarnata) on the coastal rocks of Ireland as well.

Kind regards, László

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