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Red Beauty...
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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: 2009-04-09
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/16, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Wild Orchids of Lesvos Island (Greece) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-16 10:53
Viewed: 3627
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
I liked so much to see the sunlight playing in the flowers of these beautiful Orchids that I spent a while with them. You can see also the whole plant in the WS.

Anacamptis papilionacea (L.) R.M.Bateman, Pridgeon & M.W.Chase, 1997
Syn.: Orchis papilionacea L., Orchis caspia Trautv.
Family: Orchidaceae
Common names: Butterfly orchid, Pink Butterfly Orchid (EN), Orchis papillon (FR), Schmetterlings-knabenkraut (GE), Orchide del farfalle, Cipressini (IT), Kelebek Orkidesi (TU) סחלב פרפרני (HE)

According Delforge P., it can be the var. heroica (E.D.Clarke) P.Delforge, shorter, densely flowered, large flowers with a dark red helmet.

The Pink butterfly orchid is a bold and relatively large-flowered orchid, of 15-40cm height, often growered in large scattered colonies.
Flowers white or pale violet pink, the lip purplish-violet with darker pink or red dots or streaks, occasionally almost white with pale markings, borne in lax oblong spikes; sepals and petals forming a small pointed helmet, the lateral sepals often with greenish parallel veins; lip 10-16mm long, kidney-shaped to heart-shaped or almost rounded, unlobed or obscurely 3-lobed, with a finely toothed margin; spur slightly downcurved, 8-12mm long, conical, shorter than the ovary.
Habitat: dry grassy and stony habitats, scrub, maquis, garrigue, lowland and in the lower mountains. Flowering: February-May.
Distribution: Mediterranean to Iran.

Blaey M., Grey-Wilson C.
, Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean, A&C Black, London, 2005.
Delforge P., Guide des Orchidées d'Europe, d'Afrique du Nord et du Proche-Orient. Lausanne: Delachaux et Niestlé, 2005.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-02-16 11:01]

Hi Catherine. I would have spent a lot of time taking many picture myself of this beautifil flower. You used the spring light to its best to give such bright colours. Also using the tripod has given such sharp focusing and fine detail. TFS.

hello Catherine
this is SUPER sharpness
great details and very good sunlight
beautiful colours
i like the WORKSHOP very much looks 3D effects
great picture,s
greeting lou

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-16 11:15]

Hi Catherine
Wonderful orchid!
Sharpness of the details are fantastic!
Colors are beautiful!
Congratulation for this beauty!

Holá Catherine,
Definitely, you do wonderful things with the background and the light in your photos. Whether it does with insects, or flowers, always get perfect combinations of light and layered approach. It is a pleasure to see your work. Bravo amiga!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-16 12:09]

Hello Catherine.

Your red beauty is really a beauty.
Splendid colors and sharpness and a great POV you choose.
A great capture, thank you for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

Hello Catherine
Amazing macro of this lovely flower1
Colors are fantastic.

nice closeup, TFS Ori

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-02-16 15:15]

What a nice shot dear Catherine.
I liked the strong colours that your POV and DOF show us in this beautiful orchid. Nice note too.
Congrats and TFS.
Best wishes,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-16 15:33]

Hi Catherind,
really an mazing pattern shown here by you. The composition is such a superb, you show the lines, the shines and the stunning pattern of a splendid close up.
The good light is well exploited and you managed the blurry background very well- smooth and soft.
Excellent view for me.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2010-02-17 0:28]

Hi Catherine.

Çiçeğin taze güzelliğini ve renklerin canlılığını vurgulayan çok başarılı bir çalışma. Arka plan karışıklığı biraz hissediliyor. Paylaşımın için çok teşekkürler.


Ciao Catherine, really a great beauty, splendid flower with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Catherine, whith this image, I will run to buy a macro lens! Now I am more than 100% convinced! The texture and the details are simply amazing!
The hole plant is also very good prezented, acompaniated by very good notes.
Kind regards,

Ciao Catherine. Many thanks for the right id of Carpocoris pudicus..... Little mistake for the Prof Bayram! Not so bad anyway.
Perfect DOF in this handsome flower in wonderful colours and superb light. Very well done.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-17 6:10]
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Hello Catherine,
I see you have been to Lesvos last spring.
We are thinking of spending a week there in May this year and hope it will come off.
This is an excellent close-up of the Pink Butterfly Orchid from the forest round Agiasos. (we hope to be near Molivos)
The POV shows the flower with fine sharpness and colours.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hello Catherine,

This is a fantastic macro with fine colors, details & composition. Well taken & presented. TFS & best wishes.


Bonjour Catherine,
Très belle macro ; le WS aurait pu faire, à lui seul, l'objet d'une autre publication.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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