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Southern Marsh Orchid ? (pale form)

Southern Marsh Orchid ? (pale form)
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-05
Categories: Flowers
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-05 18:10
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The Southern Marsh orchids have come into flowerin the Old Wilford Clay pit which is now an SSSI and local nature reserve even though it is now surounded by housing and factories. Emma and I went to look at this site a few weeks back when we were looking at the Green winged Orchids at willwell farm nature reserve and found nothing, but today was nice and sunny and I thought I might get a few butterflies there , but was greated by by to area covered with purple flower spikes with a few that were a distinct paler colour like this one. They seemed to fall into 2 distinct colonies the ones on the upper wet area had plain leaves and the ones in the bottom group were heavily spotted.
Now I got the identiefication from the plant list for the site, but I am ready to be proved wrong about this as i could not get this to match any of my ID books.
You will also note that this was taken with the old sony, Me and the new nikon are still falling out as we do not agree with what we think is a clear crisp image ;0)))
Thanks for looking
yours Robert

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Nice shot! Focus, DOF and sharpness are all good - I think I'd probably have moved the blade of grass/sedge on the right out of the way if this were my shot though.

99% certain that the heavily spotted specimens are hybrids. The marsh orchids hybridize frequently with the common spotted, almost wherever the two co-exist. The hybrids are usually bigger than the two parent species, and the leaves strongly spotted - often more so than the common spotted!

Sorry to hear you and the Nikon still aren't getting along though...

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-06 11:04]

Hi Robert,
Lovely flower, very well presented. Color and composition are very good and broad DOV lets see the landscape too.
TFS, Josť M.
PS. Have you time to explain a little the "crip image problem" with your Nikon?

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-06-06 16:10]

Well Rob, it is definitely a clearer and sharper image, and that orchid - wow - different or what.

Definitely a Southern Marsh hybrid with something, though what is anyones guess. None of my books mention anything other than hybrids for it mostly with common spotted, though I have had a southern hybridise with an early marsh...

I like the comp with the darker form in the BG.



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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-07 4:33]

Hi Robert,

Nice example of this orchid. Good colours and well exposed, also good DOF showing us this orchids natural environment. Quite surprised you are having problems with the D200 though. Anyway keep up the good work and I'm sure you will work it out.


Hello Robert,
this is very nice capture with great colours, sharpness, details and POV. Very good spring composition. The german name of this flower is "Knabenkraut". Thank you for posting.

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