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Smiling Bee Orchis :)

Smiling Bee Orchis :)
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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: 2009-06-13
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-15 10:23
Viewed: 4134
Points: 51
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Ophrys Apifera, Huds.
En: Bee Orchis, Fr: Ophrys abeille, Nl: Bijenorchis, De : Bienen-Ragwurz

It ranges in the N. Temperate Zone in Europe from Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium southwards, and in N. Africa.
The Bee Orchis is one of those characteristic plants which depend on a certain type of geological formation for their distribution, more than others. Thus it is found almost exclusively on hills composed of chalk or limestone, or in woods and copses on the same formations, it is rarely found on sandy soil or pure peat or loam. The stem is leafy, with sheathing leaves, egg-shaped, lanceolate, oblong, silvery below, and with linear veins. The bracts or leaflike organs are large, green, sheathing, equalling the flowers.
As the second Latin (and English) name implies the flower has the form of a bee. Three to six flowers are arranged in a spike, and they are purple, with a 5-lobed swollen lip, the two lower lobes marked, smaller, hairy at the base, the intermediate ones turned back, oval, and hollow.
The Bee Orchid is about 1 ft. high. Flowers may be found in June and July (for northern Europe). The plant is perennial, and propagated by division of the root.
The rostellum contains two pouches, and has a sticky disk, being placed much as in Orchis. The pollen-stalks are long, thin, and flexible, and the pollen-masses are at a variable distance apart. The pollen-grains vary in shape. The anther cells open directly or soon after the flower opens. The pollinia are pear-shaped, and after they are set free, if not removed by insects, hang by the caudicles above the stigma, and are very readily brought into contact with the stigmatic surface.
(A. R. Horwood, British Wild Flowers - In Their Natural Haunts, Vol2-4)

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  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-15 10:29]

Hi Catherine . After a long day at work this has put a smile on my face. To me it looks like a Bee with a hat on . You have taken it with fine detai land rich colours. A like the POV looking straight at the face !!
Well done TFS.

Ciao Catherine, wonderful orchid with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-15 10:49]

Hello Catherine,
Excellent and very beautiful photo of this orchis. Great sharpness and details. Splendid clear colours and a very good composition, POV and OOF BG.

Hi Catherine,

This one made me smile, good focus and dof, good natural colours and oof background. I like the pov and compostition.
regards Bill

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-15 11:36]

Hello Catherine,
Good title for a great portrait of a Bee Orchid flower that is technically excellent!
Nice to be cheered up when we are having such a cold 'summer' here up north!
Thanks and cheers,

Hi Catherine:) yes it is realy smiling:) An awesom macro fron great POV MF. Details and composition alse delightful.
TFS and cheers,

Hello Catherine.
Excellent capture, very sharp details, nice colors, light and beautifull BG,

Hi Catherine,

seems you got a good one on saturday, i was a bit disappointed with mine, to bad about the top petal, but otherwise good focus, abd nicely composed

bon voyage!

nice close up showing self-pollination, TFS Ori

Merci Catherine, pour cette grande qualité de photo...
Les teintes sont splendides et la netteté ... 1pec
J'aime cet orchid avec sa casquette très caractéristique.
à bientôt

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2009-06-15 14:49]

Bonsoir catherine,

Très belle orchidée, à l'allure bien sympathique. Ta photo est bien nette, et les couleurs sont naturelles!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-15 16:36]

Salut Catherine,cette orchidee' parait ouvrir la bouche et nous parler! Mais quelle beaute'! Mes compliments pour l'exceptionelle qualite' de la photo aussi..mes a ca nous sommes habituee',tu as de la classe..eheh....bon Mardi et merci,LUCIANO

Bonjour Catherine,

magnifique photo, tous les détails on peut le voir entièrement. De belles couleurs, très équilibré et naturel. Chaque photo montre plus de talent. Félicitations et un "sourire" merci pour le partage de cette belle (et utile) de travail.



Hi Catherine,
A very good close up of the Bee Orchid.
Wonderful colour,sharpness and detail.
TFS & Cheers

Hello Catherine

Lovely capture of the bee orchid.Great focus and DOF with excellent sharpness,colours and detail.They really are an amazing species.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-06-16 7:17]

Une beauté, Catherine! Wow! C'est incroyable que de telles fleurs poussent dans la nature et sont sauvages. Magnifique avec un excellent point de vue, tout est parfait. Merci beaucoup,


Hi Catherine,

an very nice close up from an orchid that I have never been seen in the wild.
Good pov and dof.
fine colours.


  • Good 
  • gostol (83)
  • [2009-06-16 13:30]

This orchid looks like a furry teddy bear.
I like it.

bonjour Catherine
excellente photo de cette orchidée, j'adore les couleurs douces de cette image, mais aussi la belle neeteté, la presentation et le point de vue, on dirai vraiment un insecte
passe une bonne journée

Hi Catherine

A very happy orchid, well done.

Great composition, DOF and sharpness. Excellent details.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-06-17 8:58]

Hello Catherine,
Yes, never thought of this as being a happy little fellow!! I love the shape and colours of this little Ophrys that you've captured so well here. Excellent sharpness and a lovely background that makes it really stand out.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Ciao Catherine,
quel beau "portrait" de cette "sympathique" orchidée, très bonne netteté et couleurs éclatantes, parfait point de vue et jolie composition.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne soirée
Ciao Maurizio

Bonjour Catherine,

Superbe macro, très nette et couleurs magnifique !
Bravo à toi,


Bonjour Catherine,
Bien vu le sourire et surtout bien restitué avec une remarquable macro ; le commentaire n'est pas moins intéressant.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-06-29 7:41]

Hi Catherine ,
a very sharp shot of the orchid. The details are very special in exciting colours. The softness of the surroundings is very much felt, The composition in blurry background makes this shot stands out in a pleasant view.


Très belle foto, mais aussi très bizard orchidé...

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