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Purple Orchid

Purple Orchid
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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-31
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 105mm Macro, UV filters
Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pretty - Perfect - Picture [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-02-04 4:59
Viewed: 2712
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Orchids can be separated into five types of growing conditions.

Aquatic - plants that grow in the water.
Epiphyte - plants that grow on branches and mossy trees.
Lithophyte - plants that grow in rock outcrops and in stone surfaces
Saprophytes - grows in leaf litter and is usually dependent on mycorrhiza for nuitrience
Terrestrial - plants that grow in sand, clay, or soil

Epiphytic orchids do not root in soil, and assimilate all their water and nutrients from air and rain. Some species store water in thickened, succulent stems, called pseudobulbs, others have highly porous roots covered by a spongy layer that can absorb humidity from the air. Some species go through long periods of rest when their metabolism is slowed, followed by rapid growth when resources are abundant. Many species lose their leaves to avoid dehydration during droughts, or while they are resting.

Saprophytes orchids, like Neottia and Corallorhiza, lack chlorophyll and are unable to photosynthesize. Instead, these species obtain energy and nutrients by parasitising soil fungi through the formation of orchid mycorrhizas. The fungi involved include those that form ectomycorrhizas with trees and other woody plants, parasites such as Armillaria, and saprotrophs.[9] These orchids are known as myco-heterotrophs, but were formerly (incorrectly) described as saprophytes due to the belief that they gained their nutrition by breaking down organic matter. While only a few species are achlorophyllous holoparasites, all orchids are myco-heterotrophic during germination and seedling growth and even photosynthetic adult plants may continue to obtain carbon from their mycorrhizal fungi


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Hello Paul
Congratulations picture postcard, colors as well-defined details.
Hello Nico TFS

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-04 5:23]

hello pauly

wonderful presentation of flowers.
focus and sharpness very accurate.
balancing of light perfect.very well
capture and show.tfs

Hello Pauly

Beautiful composition of these flowers,
with fine POV, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness details, TFS


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-02-04 6:03]

Beautiful purple, amazing orchids, good lighting. tfs.

Hello Pauly!
What a wonderful set of beautiful orchids! Lovely lightness and colors.A very pleasant composition.Good job, indeed! TFS
Nice w-end!

Hello Pauly
Beautiful orchids. Lovely crispy colors and great sharpness. Thank You.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-02-04 7:07]

Hello Pauly,
Splendid photo in very beautiful saturated colours, a great DOF and impressive sharpness and details. Awesome clarity and a perfect composition.

Hallo Pauly
What a slendid, slendid photo with clear and most striking details. Wow the veins on the petals and the rich colour is gorgeous. This is one of those I call a PPP. Pretty, Perfect, Picture. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Pauly,
my wife loves these photos. So, thanks for this gift for her :)
Perfcet sharpness and details. Amazing colours.
Have a nice weekend,

Great photo Pauly! The composition and the colours are excellent. The sharpness is impressive! Interesting note too!

Ciao Paul, lovely couple of beautiful flowes, excellent sharpness, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-04 9:13]

What a lovely composition, Paul!
Excellent POV and DOF. Perfect focus and nice play of lights and shadows.
Very well done: congratulations.
Must be exciting to see these flowers in their natural environment. I can see them in stores:)
Have a nice WE.
Ciao! Vanda

Good composition from a good point of view with excellent detail and focus.
Lovely colours, nicely rendered.
A pair of beautiful orchids.
regards yiannis

Good focus, good subject, a little busy bg, but to get the focus complete on the flowers i guess that was the trade off


Ciao Paul. Fine details excellent sharp. Impressive DOF and exciting colours. Well done MF!


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-02-04 10:49]

Hello Paul,
these are lovely flowers. Great POV to get a wonderful view of the detail. A very nice close up with nice sharpness and great colors.Best regards Siggi

hello Paul
Wat can light do !
you can see howe good naturel light is
the sharpness and detailsare super
the colours beautiful
thanks greeting lou

Hello Paul,
Another masterpiece from close range.....with excellent sharpness.
What a splendid capture. Perfect details and natural colors of a lovely flower.
The composition, the light and exposure are perfect.

Hello Pauly,
What a beautiful flowers! The light and colours are really outstanding. The sharpness, details and OOF BG are also excellent. Well done!

Hallo Paul,
a superb macro shot of this splendid Orchid, impressive details and fantastic bright colours, point of view, depth of field and composition are excellent
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-05 16:21]

Hello Paul,
very attractive orchid presented in lively color. I like the veins you have shown on the petals. Exciting light to enhance the view.
i like your collections of orchids.


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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-02-07 7:36]

Hi Paul,
Excellent colours and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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