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Hooded ladies-tresses

Hooded ladies-tresses
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-22
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-24 17:24
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Hooded ladies tresses
Spiranthes romanzoffiana Cham

The hooded ladies-tresses can be found in moist woods, stream and boggy areas. The flowers grow in a twisted pattern up the stem with a slight vanilla scent. The word tresses means braid and the species is named after Russian Count Romanzoff, an early scientist. There 100 to 200 species of Spiranthes.

A rare species of flower in Alberta.

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Nature is so 'neat'. The complex is a whole spectrum away from the simplicity yet somehow they meet...here you have a simple flora as we humans think, but it is most complex if you consider it's creation and the inter-mix between it and those who see and then capture...much more philosophical than one would think...but each so important. You have perhaps taught me something here tonight as I ready for sleep...and for that I thank you.

nice little orchid, TFS Ori

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-08-24 23:55]

Thanks for showing us this Spiranthes. A lovely orchid, indeed.

Best regards,


very nice to see the spiranthes here, hopefully i can found our own native one a little later in the year. Well done, nice portrait

Superb shot. Thanks for sharing.

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2009-08-25 19:19]
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Hi Janice,

Well captured and presented! Great colors! I'm quite sure that I've never seen this species before. Interestingly, Wikipedia says that it is "commonly known as the Irish Lady's-tresses". A USDA site refers to it as "Hooded Lady's Tresses". A CWNP (Central Washington Native Plants) site calls it "Hooded Ladies Tresses". The EOL (Encyclopedia of Life) site refers to it as "Hooded ladies'-tresses". Whatever you call it, it sure is pretty. TFS.

See you,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-08-26 9:33]

Hallo Janice,

I came back! After a little holiday is here again.
I hope that my new pictures you like.
Your image is very interesting and I like it.
Excellent made this macro, congratulations.
Have a beautiful day,

Hi Janice,
That looks a lot like tha orchid I captured last year. I like its twisted pattern and the delicate nature of the flower.
The details in the flower are very good and you did control the light good. Although some OE spots are visible.
I was thinking about an easy comment about the shallow DOF and that it bit more would have been nice. But, then realized that this would have given you a very busy BG. Maybe you are still able to find another flower with more space behind the flower so that it will allow for a bigger DOF without getting too much details in the BG. (think 1/3 infront and 2/3 behind the focal point will be sharp)

Bonjour Janice,
Très belle macro dans un cadrage serré permettant d'apprécier relativement bien la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Very interesting and a lovely flower attract skillfully.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-26 18:36]
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Hello Janice Smith,
A rare beauty in deed and you have captured it superbly here so we get a really good look at your gem. Thanks for sharing this fine posting Janice.
PS Too bad for the Lady Curlers thats a tough way to lose.

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