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Bony Fingers

By ChiliMan
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.


Tags: Orchid Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Bulbophyllum Bulbophyllum lepidum

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AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
16 Jan 2013 2:34PM
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.


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woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 2:38PM
Ready to pounce - in quintuplicate!

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

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
16 Jan 2013 2:41PM
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
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 2:42PM
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.
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
16 Jan 2013 2:50PM
How amazing is this one Andrew !! Great photo and write up SmileGrinGrin
Tibetan 6 3 England
16 Jan 2013 3:11PM
Two splendid photo's love the colours and detail, can't think how I have miss you portfolio before, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
9 10 10 England
16 Jan 2013 3:22PM
Never seen this orchid Andrew but love your images.
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
16 Jan 2013 3:26PM
it looks almost alive.Fantastic light on both and I love the fully expanded version in v2... and your garden must be fantastic. Smile
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
16 Jan 2013 3:43PM
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!

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 3:45PM
Definitely creepy but so very unusual and it is a very unusual orchid when fully in bloom too.
Wonderful strong colours and excellent light.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 4:11PM
What an unusual flower - very well photographed Andrew SmileSmile
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 4:33PM
Great detail an unusual Orchid, i really like this shot,
Ali Smile
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
16 Jan 2013 4:43PM
Strangely beautiful... or should it be 'beautifully strange'. Weirdly wonderful even. (..and that's an alliterative oxymoron!Grin)

SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 4:45PM
2 Fantastic images well done.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 5:55PM
fantastic detail and colours andrew wonderful light too v1 for me today a belter nice one Wink
LV426 9 7 4 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 6:03PM
Very nice work.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 6:26PM
they look like flamingo heads...
how beautiful
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 7:04PM
Very unusual Andrew, beautifully taken with great detail........
16 Jan 2013 7:51PM
Two beautiful photo's, but v1 is my favourite Smile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
16 Jan 2013 8:26PM
Lucky you to have this special flower and to see it bloom so often-- The images are wonderful!
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 9:52PM
A scary but beautiful flower here Andrew, and so beautifully captured too!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 10:04PM
WOW! those are both great versions Andrew
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 11:10PM
A truly gorgeous specimen. I want one, but doubt it would survive the British climate.
debu 8 India
16 Jan 2013 11:30PM
Lovely images.
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
17 Jan 2013 4:31AM
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
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2013 12:13AM
What a beauty, Andrew, and it reminds me of the hand of the alien in the film.......Alien.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
18 Jan 2013 11:30PM
You certainly know your plants Andrew and these are two excellent examples of your talent at flower photography

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