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Pretty Little Weed

Pretty Little Weed
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-01
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikon AF-S DX Zoom 18-70mm F3.5~4.5, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-01 17:56
Viewed: 3942
Points: 14
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My Garden Books describe as a plant growing in the wrong place. In this case this pretty little 15cm high Dactylorhiza self seed/spore is growing in my front garden right in the middle of a group of bright white form of the tiny South African bulb called Rhodohypoxis baurii, which in this case is a garden hybrid form so I have edited it out, also means I do not have to include the bright / badly burnt out white petals ;0)))).
I am not sure which Dactylorhiza it is, but the leaves are quiet heavily spotted like those of early purple .
The original plant arrived growing as a weed in a pot of Hypericum (St. Johns Wort) from southern Ireland. It now lives in by peat garden at the back of the house and is now a substantial clump but the spotting on that is very fine more a series of fine lines across the leaves and the flower is paler. to the point of the BG being white, and I have it labled D. Fuchsii.
This 1st appeared as a pair of spotted leaves in the midle of these Rhodohypoxis about 4 years ago and this year will have 3 flower spikes.
You may Note that this was taken with a Stanard 18-70mm standard Nikon Lens and not my Sigma 105macro.
this is because I think I am getting to the bottom of my camera problems. I spent sunday setting up a focus test which to cut a long story short shows the Sigma' Sharpest point of focus is always in front of the subject leaving the back of the subject OOF and at some settings even the front only Just infocus. I am now waiting to here from sigma to hear what they think as the ones shot on the Nikon like here were spot on with 1/3 in front and 2/3 behind in focus at all settinngs of aperture and Zoom @ 18 - 35 -70mm.
This one taken from the Jpeg cropped and sharpened with USM.
Hope you can help with the name and enjoy the veiw.
Yours Robert

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  • gari Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 11] (149)
  • [2006-06-01 17:57]

Hola Robert.Bonita flor y excelente detalle y color.Gracias.Saludos.

Excellent shot of this beauty Robert.
Light & colors are perfect.
Well done.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-06-01 21:50]

Arrière-plan doux, subtil.
Lumière: excellente, juste
Couleurs conservées à leur naturel.
Belle composition avec présentation toute simple qui met en valeur le sujet principal: une autre merveille de la nature.
Merci pour nous l'avoir présentée.

excellent cliché !
les couleurs sont magnifiques ! les détails très fins !
merci du partage

Hi Rob, going by your description and the image you have posted it sounds very much like the Early Marsh-Orchid (Dactylorhiza incarnata) sub species (cruenta). Hope this helps.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-02 11:07]

Hi Robert,
Yes this a pretty weed. Color is wonderful and the DOF lets see clearly the flower without bg.
José M.

Beautiful composition, Robert. I love the colour of this flower.

Excellent shot Rob. Colours and focus is very good with great BG even if some of it is editted!

Daft as this sounds my first thoughts were for a Northern Marsh Orchid, Dactylorhiza purpurella, see here.

Anyhow great shot..



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