Another orchid instalment. The Ophrys family again . This is the Sombre Bee Orchid, one of the earliest varieties, it can be found in flower in February. The second picture shows an interesting variation.
Beautiful blossom shots. I like the one with the blurred background the better of the two. Fine detail and that rich color make fine posts!
30 May 2009 3:40pm
I like all these wild orchirds, where do you find them?
30 May 2009 6:10pm
@Paco Díaz: They grow on limestone areas Paco. At least the ones pictured. Getting too late in the year for them in Andalusia now though. You need to go north. There are a range in flower in the UK at the moment.
The DOF and focus are excellent.
30 May 2009 7:35pm
30 May 2009 9:11pm
beautiful! did you get any shots that are even closer? would love to see a close up!
31 May 2009 12:59am
@dj.tigersprout: Afraid not DJ. I don't have a macro lens and they are quite small flowers, so this is about as close as I can get. You are seeing them slightly larger than life here though.
Beautiful capture of these unique orchids, just love the colors and tones. Stunning work!
31 May 2009 2:25am
Greatn shots Grouser. I think these orchids are truly unique.
31 May 2009 2:32am
i love how, in the second shot, you showed how the orchids resemble bees. delightful and crazy!
31 May 2009 5:34am
remarquable lumière !
31 May 2009 6:30am
These are magnificent specimens - I really like your dof choice in the second image - it makes the flowers stand out wonderfully.
31 May 2009 8:50am
@dobbino: Hi Rob. I thought of you with my next post (Sunday) a buttercup meadow. This is the shot I would like to have got of those yellow bee orchids, as a carpet, but the terrain would not cooperate.
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