Southern Marsh Orchid Hybrid
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|Dactylorhiza Praetermissa - Southern Marsh Orchid. This one is probably a hybrid with the Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza Fuchsii).|
This orchid comes up every year by our gate, and only gets light from 1 side. This year and last year it was eaten by a wild rabbit, so the photo is of its flower in 2003. There a few marsh orchids in the area, but far more common spotted and heath spotted or early purples. This one is one of 2 flowers by the gate, but this year there are at least 5 or 6 younger plants which may take upto 5 years before they will flower.
The picture was scanned in ffrom the photo - I can't locate the negative - then USM (1 radius - 100%), contrast 10. It is the full frame.
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Emma, very interesting plant. Colorful photo, good sharpness and details. Well done.
Good shot! Definitely looks like D.praetermissa, not sure about hybridization though - do the leaves have spots? We have some of those hybrids near us, and they look far removed from this one - the hybrid vigor is significant - they're giant! I have some pictures of them around somewhere if you're interested. The easiest way to tell is to check for spots on the leaves, hybrids tend to have big ring like spots, pure D.praetermissa doesn't usually have any spots... Technically it's good, although I think it could stand a bit more sharpening still (although that's a matter of taste), there's a bit of noise in the background too (easy to squash with NeatImage/Noiseware/NoiseNinja). Finally it's a little bit overexposed (red and blue channel are clipping), check the histogram in PS - it's probably just a scanning issue. Anyway, a nice capture - welcome to TrekNature :-D
Very nice shot Emma,
Very busy night again!!
No time to read notes, but enough time to enjoy your post.
Have a good week. TFS