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Is This REAL?

Is This REAL?
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-07
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Purple Obsession 1, Flower(blue) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-18 4:21
Viewed: 4212
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Many, many thanks go to Carlos, cmarzano, who recognized this orchid, Zygopetalum maxillare grows naturally on the trunk of species of treefern as one growing in the forests to the north of where he lives in Argentina.

There are approximately some 20 to 40 species of the Zygopetalum genus, known as "soft leaf" orchids because of their leathery, strap-like leaves. These extraordinary orchids produce brightly coloured flowers of greens, purples, burgundy, and raspberry shades in various exotic patterns. The blossoms have a fragrance reminiscent of the heavy perfume of a Hyacinth or Narcissus.

Most Zygopetalum species are from South America, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia. terrestrial, with the majority of the species found in the higher elevations of Brazil. Zygopetalum maxillare grows naturally on the trunk of species of treefern, and is a small creeping species.

The Zygopetalum orchid was discovered in 1827, and named Zygopetalum from the Greek names zygon (yoke) and petalon (petal), referring to the fusing of sepals and petals with the base of the column. After over a 100 years, people are now starting to discover these beautiful orchids and Zygopetalums are becoming very popular.


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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Miss_Piggy: CreationJanice 1 02-03 11:13
To cmarzano: Thank you very muchJanice 1 06-20 00:59
To LordPotty: Thanks SteveJanice 1 06-18 20:02
To red45: UnrealJanice 1 06-18 20:00
To cafecrem: Bit slowJanice 3 06-18 16:35
To liquidsunshine: The LionsJanice 1 06-18 05:38
To sAner: Thanks PieterJanice 1 06-18 05:35
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It's a beautiful flower.
You have a different and good POV here, as looking at the flower from the down.
I like your compo and nice focus.

Very good picture, Janice.
I don't know if it's real, but it's very beautiful.
Great colours, good pov and well composed.
Very well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-18 4:33]

Hello Janice!
Superb flower close up.Colors,details,DOF,lighting and composition are perfect.TFS....:-)

Nice shot Janice,
Good colours, nice sharp detail and good DOF.
Well composed. I've no idea about ID, but it does look very real. Have a good weekend Janice.
Thanks for posting

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-18 4:44]
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This is beautiful Janice!!! What a wonderful flowe. I have never seen it before. Nice colors, sharp details and well composed. Well done & TFS!


Hello Janice!
Very pretty fphoto. I love photos of flowers full of interesting colours and forms.
Thank you Janice!

PS. Sorry but Greg hadn't time to re-install photoshop yesterday :-(

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-06-18 6:17]

I like very much, Janice. Nice flower, good colours & sharpness. Interesting note.
Well done.

Hello Janice!
Wonderful capture from you again.Colors,details lighting and composition are REALLY perfect.I'm not sure ,but it's turkish name is "lions mouth".Thanks for sharing and have a nice and lightful weekend.

Can't help with the ID, but it's certainly an attractive orchid. Everything is nice and sharp and well composed.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-06-18 8:11]

Excellent shot.I like the colour and compostion.Good DOF.11/10.

Beautiful capture and well done on the composition and details.
Excellent work.


An amazingly clear shot Janice.Perfect colour and detail.
I'm no orchid expert,the closest I can find in my book is Vuylstekeara.I don't know if that's what this is,but it is similar.


Great capture Janice,
Excellent detail, colours, sharpness and composition.
Good BG and great POV.
Thanks for posting, Have a good weekend.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-18 14:24]

Hi Janice, I have no idea on the ID I'm afraid. The photo is very nice, the patterns are wonderful. Good composition, well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-18 17:01]
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Definitelly unreal ;-) One of your best shots Janice! Amazing flower, with great shapes and colours!

It is beautifull Janice. Like you said, it looks unreal, but then again, sometimes nature does look unreal :) Lovely details and good compo.

Great shot Janice :D

Hi Janice, beautiful colors, beautiful picture

this is real, fantastic job Janice,
I like the good composition, the great colours, the soft purple, the good pov and the great dof, very good work Janice,
gr. Jaap

Hello Janice! I don't know how I missed this beauty!! You have filled the frame with this excellent orchid close-up. Very good details, colors and soft light..Very well done!

How unusual this lovely flower looks, Janice.
A wonderful capture, with excellent detail, vibrant color and great BG and DOF.
Well done and thank you!

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-06-19 13:01]

Superb orchid et nice shot. I like these colours too. Everything is perfect.

ESTA ORQUIDEA PARECE SER ZYGOPETALUM maxillare crece en las selvas de Misiones al norte de nuestro pais es dificil su cultivo .

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-23 22:13]

Hello Janice!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

It is real, but just extramundi.
Beautiful light, colours and textures. A very nice work. Thanks for sharing.

This is one gorgeous orchid. The colors and patterns are so distinct and a pleasure to look at. The DOF is great. Well done.

Janice, this is an outstanding picture.
Very good and sharp composition. Overall it is a bit dark but it makes the blue and purple to stand out even more.
Thank you – Shir

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  • pathy (73)
  • [2005-06-29 15:09]

it's a very beautiful orchid. i'm affected by colors !!

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  • cam Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 78] (360)
  • [2005-07-02 22:18]

hello Janice,
Good macro of this exquisite orchids.
Those I smelled were kind of peppery smelling,not bad at all.
I like the vivid colors and the effective DOF.

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-07-04 16:46]

Hi Janice
Great shot. I like the strange difference between the flower and leaf. Nice and sharp. I like your choice of square frame.
Regards Toni

I have never seen a blue orchid before! Beautiful colours, sharp and very good picture, as usual, Janice!

It's very nice. Details and colors on flower are very good.

Hallo Janice
This is might be very old for you, but it is new and appealing to me and it is going straight to my theme "My purple obsession". A very good presentation with wonderful colours and detail. I am sure if you look through my critiques given to fellow members, you’ll notice that the majority of them are awarded to photos containing something with the colour of purple. I love purple. Thanks for sharing this beautiful orchid with us. The colour and patterns are just perfect. Another striking creation from the Creator of all. A stunning close-up, with sharp details. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.
Kind regards

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