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Anacamptis pyramidalis

Anacamptis pyramidalis
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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: 2010-04-13
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wild Orchids of Samos island (Greece) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-05-24 11:55
Viewed: 3771
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This Orchid is quite widespread, but for me it was the first time that I met this beautiful one. I found it in two stations on the south-east of the island.
This shot is added to the theme:
Wild Orchids of Samos island, Greece.

Anacamptis pyramidalis (L.) Rich. (1817)
Family: Orchidaceae
Common names: Pyramidal Orchid [En], Orchis pyramidal [Fr], Orquídea pyramidal [Es], Orchidea piramidale [It], Çam Salebi [Tu]

The Pyramidal Orchid is an orchid native to southwestern Eurasia, from western Europe through the Mediterranean region eastwards to Iran. It is very widespread, locally common; from Ireland to Turkey and northwards as far as southern part of Scandinavia.
This hardy perennial plant grows to a height of 30 cm. The colour of the flower varies from pink to purple, or rarely white, and the scent is described as "foxy". The arrangement of hermaphroditic flowers in a compact pyramidal shape is very distinctive and gives the orchid its common name. The flowers are pollinated by butterflies and moths. The mechanism by which its pairs of pollinia attach themselves to an insect's proboscis was discovered by Charles Darwin and described in his book on the Fertilisation of Orchids. This orchid requires a sunny spot on diverse soils: loamy or clay, rarely on sandy soils. It can even grow on very alkaline soil.

Wikipedia/Pyramidal Orchid
Darwin Ch., 1862 link

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2010-05-24 11:58]

Hello Catherine
wonderful macro photo of this beautiful flower
POV, DOF, BG, light, sharpness and details are great

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-24 12:17]

What a great orchid from Greece!
Congratulation! Details and colors are fantastic!

Hi dear... what an amazingly beautiful and technically superb macro of this beautiful orchid. I do not remember if i said you that i photographed this beauty but i did during my Antalya trip. I found a site full up with this beauty near the coastal side while i was there.
TFS this MF! Have a great night!


Ciao Catherine, wonderful flower with fantastic colors, lovely blurry BG and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-05-24 14:04]

Hi Catherine!
What a wonderful Orchid!
Excellent sharp capture and fine details.
Splendid light and blurry B/G.
Ciao! Vanda

Hello Catherine,
I love Orchids and yesterday I have taken a photo which belongs to the same plant, near my garden in Kestel Province :) I'll send it here after finishing my food wars serie :). You have done it very well as we get used to. Bravo and TFS.

Greetings and with my best wishes.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-24 14:32]

Hello Catherine,
A wonderful macro shot of this very beautiful flower with great sharpness and perfect colors.TFS,

Hello Catherine,

what a grate and superb macro of this nice Orichid. I am actuall still on searching of this Orchid here at my Region.

Thanks for showing this fantastic picture.


merhaba Catherine
This is very beautiful plant as like other Orchidaceae species. In last summer, I found it in NW Anatolia. But I have not seen it for this year, yet.
you greatly captured these beautiful flowers, with great sharp focus, POV/DOF and exposure. light using and colors superb. thanks for sharing, best wishes
iyi geceler

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-05-24 23:33]
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This is one of my favorite orchids. We have it in Israel, but it is not common.

I'm impressed by the quality of the image. Could you share how you processed the image?

Thank you and best regards,


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-25 2:05]

Lovely orchid image, beautiful colors and soft lighting. tfs.

Hy Catherine
Beautiful orchid, very well taken, with excellent details in the flower, a blurred bg and nice warm colors.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-25 8:23]

Salut Catherine,une photo qui n'a pas besoin de comments,une qualite' exceptionelle avec ce contrast parmi le fleur et le derriere vraiment spectaculaire,une nouvelle perle depuis ton voyage greque.Mes compliments et bonne soiree',LUCIANO

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-05-25 12:14]

Hello Catherine,
A wonderful capture of this lovely Orchid that is rare here and only occurs on the Baltic Islands of Gotland and Oland. I love it and here you show it so well against a beautiful smooth background. Great sharpness and lovely natural colours.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-05-25 12:48]

Merhaba Catherine,
renkleri, detay ve netliği, soft ışığıyla çok mükemmel bir fotoğraf olmuş.
Tebrik ederim, selam ve sevgiler..

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