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Bony Fingers

Ahhh…the Bulbophyllum lepidum. Love this fella. It’s a species orchid I bought…hmm…maybe 14 years ago? The plant was attached to a vertical piece of rectangular wood about 9 by 3 inches. Not a big plant. From then till now, the plant hasn’t grown much in size but it’s bloomed so many times. Wonderful. Sometimes I’ve seen 3 blooms at once. Today there are two although one is a bit wonky. It’s hanging under a small magnolia-esque tree (I gotta ID the tree ‘cos I’d like to upload the flower at some point) and it loves the shade there. ANYWAY, I’m rambling…

…here’s a shot I took one minute after I took yesterday’s V1. Looks like a wizened hand from a Tim Burton movie Grin

V2 is just to illustrate what the flower looks like in bloom and fully unfurled.

Heartfelt thanks to Ann (EAS) and Jennnn (taggart) for their precious User Awards on yesterday’s orchid (which I bought only a few years ago). Over the moon Smile

And thanks to everyone else for such a great response. I did wonder whether or not I should’ve removed that branch in yesterday's shot. Thanks for the feedback, people.

Andrew

Camera:Canon PowerShot A480
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Bony Fingers
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:16 Jan 2013 - 2:28 PM
Tags:Bulbophyllum, Bulbophyllum lepidum, Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, Orchid, Wildlife / nature
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AnneWorner
AnneWorner e2 Member 7613 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States42 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 2:34 PM

That really is a very unusual orchid - I love the way it looks when totally unfurled. Nicely photographed with the dark background showing it to its full advantage.

I have one miniature orchid that just hangs on a piece of wood. It gets drenched with water spray once daily just the way they do in the rain forest. An amazing species of plant.

Anne

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 8woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 2:38 PM

Ready to pounce - in quintuplicate!

(I have been waiting 47 years to use that word GrinGrinGrin)

Regards
Bill

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7134 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 2:41 PM

A most unusual orchid, Andrew, and another from your garden, would love to take a wander and see what you have Wink. An excellent presentation in V.1. Carol

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7454 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1030 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 2:42 PM

Beautiful, in a very strange way.
And imaginatively photographed. Those few dots of bokehed (does the word exist? It should... ) light are magical and inspired.
Moira

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
16 Jan 2013 - 2:50 PM

How amazing is this one Andrew !! Great photo and write up SmileGrinGrin

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
16 Jan 2013 - 3:11 PM

Two splendid photo's love the colours and detail, can't think how I have miss you portfolio before, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 3:22 PM

Never seen this orchid Andrew but love your images.
Joan.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 3:26 PM

it looks almost alive.Fantastic light on both and I love the fully expanded version in v2... and your garden must be fantastic. Smile

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 3:43 PM

Another beauty, Andrew though it does look just a little on the spooky side when in bud! So glad you added V2 with the fully opened flower. Both versions are so well captured and the colours and light are excellent. I understand there are more species of Orchids on the planet than of any other plant. Just as well they are so varied and so very beautiful!

Ann

Last Modified By EAS at 16 Jan 2013 - 3:43 PM

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 3:45 PM

Definitely creepy but so very unusual and it is a very unusual orchid when fully in bloom too.
Wonderful strong colours and excellent light.
Carole

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 4:11 PM

What an unusual flower - very well photographed Andrew SmileSmile
Helen

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2481 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 4:33 PM

Great detail an unusual Orchid, i really like this shot,
Ali Smile

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41066 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 4:43 PM

Strangely beautiful... or should it be 'beautifully strange'. Weirdly wonderful even. (..and that's an alliterative oxymoron!Grin)

Dave

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 4:45 PM

2 Fantastic images well done.

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 5:55 PM

fantastic detail and colours andrew wonderful light too v1 for me today a belter nice one Wink
andy

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LV426
LV426  5 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 6:03 PM

Very nice work.
Tarek

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 6:26 PM

they look like flamingo heads...
how beautiful

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Fefe
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16 Jan 2013 - 7:04 PM

Very unusual Andrew, beautifully taken with great detail........
Diane

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janlea
janlea e2 Member 2janlea vcard United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 - 7:51 PM

Two beautiful photo's, but v1 is my favourite Smile
Jan

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 8:26 PM

Lucky you to have this special flower and to see it bloom so often-- The images are wonderful!

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gingerdelight
16 Jan 2013 - 9:52 PM

A scary but beautiful flower here Andrew, and so beautifully captured too!
Carol

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 10:04 PM

WOW! those are both great versions Andrew
Lillian

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2013 - 11:10 PM

A truly gorgeous specimen. I want one, but doubt it would survive the British climate.

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debu
debu  4 India
16 Jan 2013 - 11:30 PM

Lovely images.
debu

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JimV
JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jan 2013 - 4:31 AM

Thought V1 was unusual but marvellous Andrew, but when I went to V2 that just blew me away, the two versions, your excellent shots and presentation, the only way I can express it is WOWWW!
Rgds., Jim

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8799 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1612 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2013 - 12:13 AM

What a beauty, Andrew, and it reminds me of the hand of the alien in the film.......Alien.

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18 Jan 2013 - 11:30 PM

You certainly know your plants Andrew and these are two excellent examples of your talent at flower photography

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