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Orchis galilaea

Orchis galilaea
Photo Information
Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-10
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb, Close-up +4
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): flowers of israel, Orchids, wildlife of israel2, orchids of the middle east [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-26 13:00
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Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a crop from a bigger image of this beautiful Orchid that flowers in Israel in February-April.

O. galilaea grows in Israel Syria and Lebanon. Each individual flower resembles a (male) clown.

Unlike most plants the first flowers open from the top of the plant and the lowest ones open last.

Most (90%) of the pollination is done by male bees of Lasioglossum marginatus that are most likely attracted to the flowers by smell.

Tech Note
Noise reduction
Made background slightly darker

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To Aramok: Typo....shirgold 1 04-26 16:17
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great detail in the flowers. The colours are great - it reminds me of some of 'green' orchids we get in the UK, but when I looked up your ID, I didn't find any hits on google at all... shame I would have like to know more about it.


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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-04-27 5:15]

Hi Shir,
Nicely detailed orchid you present here. It reminds me of the Gingerbread man. Nicely done BG. Thanks for the note

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-04-27 7:30]

This composition is a pleasure for my eyes ! This little Orchid are so lovely in this great quality shot. Congratulations Shir and thanks for sharing.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2006-04-28 9:17]

Very nice photo of the interestig orchid. Good details, very nice light and colors.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-05-04 20:33]

Hi Shir!

Nice close-up. Image is sharp and well exposed. The soft light looks beautifull, and render excellents details all over. The dark and blured BG really put emphasis in the plant.

Great close-up and TFS.

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