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Dactylorhiza Fuchsii

Dactylorhiza Fuchsii
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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, Workshop
Theme(s): Orchids (wild), Flower(purple/violet) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-26 9:32
Viewed: 3582
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my second "soft" post from college lake nature centre.
I think this is a common spotted orchid, at least that's what my notes are based on!!!
I have posted a WS, which shows better detail.

Common Spotted Orchid
Dactylorhiza fuchsii

An attractive species with stems up to 75 cm tall, though more often they grow to 20-40 cm. The leaves of Dactylorhiza can be divided into the upper leaves that do not sheath the stem and lower leaves that sheath the stem at their base. This species has between 2 and 6 non-sheathing leaves. These leaves are spotted and the lowest ones may be obtuse.

The flowers are many shades of pink through to white. Often the same population of plants will have a range of flower colours. The lower lip of the flower is distinctly 3 lobed. The central lobe is longer than the lateral lobes but only half as wide. The lateral sepals are horizontal or bent down.

Description of Genus
Tuberous, erect, perennial herbs. The leaves sheath the stem, the lower ones form a rosette. The flowers are in a dense, terminal spike. The bracts are long, sometimes protruding beyond the flower.

The name is derived from the Greek daktylos, meaning finger and rhiza meaning root. This refers to the thick finger-like roots of members of this genus.

A character often used in identification is that the stem may be either solid or hollow. Rather than cutting the stem to determine this character, give the stem a gentle squeeze. If the stem is hollow it will give slightly.

Habitat Notes
Found in many habitats including open woods, hedgerows, meadows, roadside banks and marshes. This species is rather more opportunistic than many other species of orchid. Frequently, growing in all sorts of undisturbed habitats particularly moist grassland.

Notes from www.reticule.co.uk

Thanks for looking

Paulosousa, cafecrem, Fisher, sAner, coasties, Runnerduck, Signal-Womb, dsidwell, annagrace, red45, dew77, TAZ, marhowie, slrnovice2, hummingbird24 has marked this note useful
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hello:) amaizing is this flower:)I love colours:)This Orchid is so proud:) I love every detail here:)



Hi Alan!
Superb flower. I love your photos of flowers looking like postcards!

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-26 10:13]

Another beautiful view, Alan.
Excellent capture and well done on the composition and details.
Excellent work.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-26 12:09]

Hello Alan,

Lovely flower, beautiful colors, great BG and fantastic details. Very well exposed, composed and framed. A great job! Well done & TFS!


Another excellent shot of an orchid. The detail is great. I am no orchid expert so can't confirm your ID, but this is a top shot! The shape is great and the OOF BG is awesome. Cery good light too. Perfect. Thanks.

A great shot Alan, excellent details like the spiders web.
I really like the softness captured and the bg is great.
A sharp image, well done and thanks for posting.

Looks right to me on the ident, the image is well exposed and sharp, with a perfect BG nice one

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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 13:42]

Alan, now I'm updated with you, after checking your recent posts.

This, just like the previous one, is an excellent shot. Once more, I like the blurred bg. You usually do great with dof; that's very nice.

Great colors and pov too.

Very nice, clear, good natural light. Thanks Ori

Very good capture Alan with excellent sharpness and clarity. Presentation and note are perfect. Very good work.

Sharp, clear, lovely light. It must be good! Thanks for sharing, Alan.

Lovely capture, Alan! I really like the DOF and colors. Thanks for sharing,


Beautiful picture, Alan.
I love orchides. Very good details, very nice colours and well composed.
Very well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-27 3:10]

Beautifull portrait of this pretty flower Alan! Every little flower is sharp, detailed and colorfull. All plant looks just great. I hope you'll send more pictures of this kind :-)

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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 3:33]

Hello again Alan!
This one is also perfect.Colors,DOF,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hello Alan, Great border! This has very good sharpness, colors and light...Excellent note. I know there's a spider there somewhere! ;-) Very well done!

Hi Alan, this is a lovely shot, soft as you say but crisp and detailed too. The lighting is great and your exposure is spot on. Colours are lovely and so is your composition. Beautiful, wish it were mine :)

Beautiful colours. You've captured the flower at it's finest with perfect DOF. The border is very complimentary and makes this is a very relaxing picture to look at. The detail on the petals is absolutely amazing.

A beautiful plant and expertly captured with good DOF and Sharpness....Ade

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-28 3:34]

Another beautiful and interesting composition for this superb Orchid ! Good colors, DOF and details ! Thanks for sharing Alan.

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