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Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)

By paganatheart  
One of my favourite British orchids to find. This one was a composite of two focus points to give me sufficient dof to cover the open flowers.

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: Big_Beavis, Glostopcat, CaroleS and 6 more



Glostopcat 17 255 2 England
20 Sep 2011 5:50PM
Simply beautiful, this is a flower I've never seen before despite searching for it on the limestone grasslands of the Cotswolds where it is supposed to grow
paganatheart 11 2 3 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2011 7:46PM
Thanks; don't give up Ed, they are small and easily missed. If you know roughly where they should be found, November is when you can locate the leaf rosettes of next years flowers - assuming they survive the winter and rabbits. If you imagine looking end on to a dark green 'rolled' tongue, within another rolled tongue... etc that's what they look like!
Am impressed by your portfolio of marvelous nature shots btw. Some amazing butterfly images, a few of which I haven't had the pleasure of seeing in person. The marbled white was a new one for me this year.
20 Sep 2011 10:22PM
Very nicely done all round.
BarbaraR 17 1.3k 1 England
29 Sep 2011 10:29AM
A beautiful image.
Yes, you have just the right d.o.f.
Well done.


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