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Military Orchid

Military Orchid
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-31
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orchids of Belgium [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-06-01 12:56
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Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Military Orchid (Orchis militaris) is usually quite robust, 20-60 cm tall, with four to five broad, shiny basal leaves with marked parallel veins, and one or two sheathing stem leaves. The bracts are small and pinkish. Most plants have about 30 flowers. The sepals and upper petals form a long, pointed hood. This is pale on the outside, and lilac-rose on the inner surface marked with parallel lines of mauve or dark green. The pinkish lip is long, with tufts of mauve-coloured hairs forming lines of spots down the middle - the 'buttons on the soldier's tunic'. The two side lobes, tinged pinkish-mauve, are long and narrow, curving outwards and forwards. The main body of the lip is divided into two square-cut lobes, sometimes with a median tooth. The spur is pink, rounded and down-curved. There is great variation in lip shape and markings. The flowers have a vanilla scent.

It is well distributed around Europe, reaching as far north as southern Sweden, but rather rare in the Mediterranean areas. It is extremely rare in Britain and a protected species, occurring only at the Rex Graham nature reserve in Suffolk and the Buckinghamshire Chilterns. Those sites are protected, managed and carefully monitored to prevent habitat destruction and ill-intentioned collection. Slug damage is a continual hazard.
(Britains Orchids and Wikipedia)
L'orchis guerrier ou orchis militaire (Orchis militaris) est une plante haute de 20 à 50 cm à tige robuste, à feuilles basales plutôt dressées, oblongues lancéolées et petites feuilles caulinaires engainantes. L'inflorescence présente des bractées violacées, elle se présente sous la forme d'un épi dense conique de 10 à 40 fleurs aux sépales et pétales latéraux rassemblés en casque pointu, de couleur lilas-cendré à l'extérieur, veiné de violet à l'intérieur. Le labelle trilobé est anthropomorphique, au centre clair avec des ponctuations pourpres. Le lobe central est lui-même terminé par 2 lobules (les jambes) séparés par une dent. L'éperon à l'arrière du labelle est court et cylindrique, descendant.

C’est une plante eurosibérienne, présente dans toute l'Europe, parfois localisée, assez rare surtout dans les régions méditerranéennes. En Grande-Bretagne, elle subsiste seulement dans deux sites protégés. (Wikipedia)

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hello Catherine
super sharpness picture of this orchid
great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Ciao Catherine, great focus on splendid flower, fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Catherine,
A very fine picture, excellent detail and natural colors sharp, beautifully composed and very good depth. Congratulations!



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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-01 20:09]

Hi Catherine,

These Military Orchids, which I have not seen before, are very beautiful. I love the colors, shadings and shapes. You show them in fine detail against a lovely background. The vertical composition and frame are excellent.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-06-01 22:09]

Hi Catherine,
Outstanding shot of these beautiful orchids with such lovely colours and sharp details. Excellent POV and DOF and a great composition. Kudos.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-06-02 1:25]

Hi Catherine,
Interestingly, there is a name of this orchid ...
Depth of Field, vivid colors and great details.
Best wishes,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-02 1:47]
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Hi Catherine,
beautiful flowers in a soft blurry background. exciting shot with details well seen. Must be a very special orchid that being linked to military. Thanks for the notes.


Hy Catherine
I did not seen yet this orchid with my own eyes. It is delicate and beautiful. And you captured very well, very clear and sharp, with nice colors.I like also the blured bg from behind! Well done!
Regards, Oana

Bonjour Catherine,
Encore une splendide macro valorisant magnifiquement le sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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