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Monkey Orchid (Orchis simia)

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A close-up of a Monkey Orchid(Orchis simia). The Monkey Orchid is most unusual for British orchids in that its flowers open from the top-down rather than the other way around.The flower has a small tail. It is made monkey like by the upturned ends to the side petals lobes of the lip.
A very rare species, the plants are currently found in a few locations in East Kent and Oxfordshire. It grows on well drained chalky soils with a sunny aspect on fields or the edges of woods and flowers towards the end of May and into early June.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:16 Jun 2013 - 12:38 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Monkey Orchid (Orchis simia)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:2 Jan 2014 - 11:49 AM
Tags:British, Close-up, Close-up / macro, Kent, Macro, Monkey, Monkey Orchis, Orchid, Orchis simia, Plants/flowers, Rare, Wild
Votes:28

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6510 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 11:56 AM

A lovely flower and complemented by the background. - gary

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 12:17 PM

A beautiful capture and presentation, Sylvia, fortunately these beautiful orchids can be found quite easily here. Carol

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4134 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 12:30 PM

That is a lovely wild orchid and with an interesting narrative, and beautifully captured.
R.

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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
2 Jan 2014 - 1:49 PM

Lovely shot, Sylvia.
Tony

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12276 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 4:26 PM

Very nicely detailed Monkey Sylvia Smile

Mike

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 4:32 PM

A beautifully marked and coloured orchid which you have photographed and presented so superbly. This is a species i've yet to see

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jan 2014 - 6:44 PM

Wonderful image of this little rarity Sylvia. Stunning shot.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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SteveMackay
2 Jan 2014 - 10:56 PM

Gorgeous close-up of one of my favs!Smile, not that long until they will be back again!Smile, see you there!Smile

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