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Anacamptis pyramidalis

Anacamptis pyramidalis
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-23
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orchids (wild) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-25 8:29
Viewed: 3386
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's something I don't normally do. This is a Pyramidal Orchid (thanks Rob) from College lake wildlife centre. These flowers are everywhere on the site at the moment along with many others, which I will to try to post here on TN.

Latin name: Anacamptis pyramidalis

Size: From 30cms to 50cms tall.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK although rare in Scotland

Flowering months: June to August

Habitat: Found on chalky or limestone grassland. Sometimes in sand dunes. They can be found in old chalk pits, new chalky roadside verges, and on chalk downland where rabbits have disturbed the ground.

Special Features: An attractive looking orchid with dense spikes of pink or pale purple flowers, each with a long spur. The plant gets its name from the conical, or pyramid-shaped arrangement of these flowers. The flowers have no scent.

The narrow, unspotted leaves which sheath the flower stem are shaped like the keel of a boat.

Orchids, like most things in nature, can be very unpredictable. One year you might see a whole carpet of flowers, while the following year there may be just a few blooms.

The reason is that the seed of the orchid does not contain enough nourishment to produce leaves and flowers. To make up for this the seed relies on fungus in the soil to provide the nourishment.

This underground fungus-root relationship can take several years to fully develop before the roots are ready to send up leaves and flowers.

Did You Know?
There are 25,000 known species of orchid in the world. Around 50 of these species can be found growing wild in the UK countryside.

Notes from www.uksafari.com

Also thanks to Rob for search suggestions, greatly appreciated.

Thanks for looking

Fisher, TAZ, Signal-Womb, red45, honza, AndyB, Janice, coasties, marhowie, Luc, dew77, PDP has marked this note useful
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Excellent capture and well done on the composition. You controled the colors very well. Excellent work.


hello:) wow wow wow:) what a beauty color:) great POV and nice DOF:) great job:)



Hi Alan!
Superb frame!!! It's just great composition. Good job!

Hi Alan, good light and exposure revealing accurate and not over saturated colour. Nice framing and composition, focus is a little soft on outer petals considering f13 aperture. Informative note, well done.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-06-25 14:58]

Perfect shot of this orchid. Very good sharpness and colors. Very good note. I would send photo of this orchid too, perhaps next week. TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-25 15:01]

Hi Alan!
Your soft side today ;-) Beautifull violet pyramide of flowers. Great quality, colours and light. Note also very useful.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-25 16:54]

A very nice shot Alan,
Excellent colours,nice detail and very good DOF.
Good work,well done.


Hi Alan
This is a great shot. Lovely looking orchid. You have thrown a curve ball here and it's a winner. Excellent POV, good light, sharpness and detail. Nicely presented too. I do love photographing flowers, especially roses after rain, but alas, they can not be posted here and to particpate in Treknature and Treklens is a big commitment. Thanks Alan, nice work.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-26 3:44]

Welcome to the plant club Alan. We're converting new members a little at a time. You've just gotta follow the rules!
Very nice composition and good colours. The lighting is excellent too. It's a beautiful orchid, and to think it grows wild is amazing. Good job...

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-26 3:44]

Great macro for this beautiful Orchid ! Good composition, colors and DOF. The frame emphasizes the flower well. Thanks for sharing Alan.

Great work Alan! Dare I say "masterpiece" ;-)
Perfect light, colors, DOF and composed well.
Excellent note - Excellent job!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-26 13:38]

Alan, an artistic shot.

Great colors and contrast, very nice blurred bg. Although it's not a regular shot from you, it's an excellent one - once again.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-26 20:42]

Hello Alan!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Have a great week!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-27 1:42]

Hello Alan!
Very nice close up.Colors,BG,3D effect framing and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-27 8:36]
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Hi Alan, it's nice to see you expanding your range into wild plants. This is a very nice shot, lovely colours and composition. I've not got any picture of one of these. With all your talk about college lake I may have to get myself up there. Good work.

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