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Florida's Ghost Orchid

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by prem, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. prem

    prem Wild Orchid Enthusiast

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    On a trip down to the swamps of south Florida, we were hiking in an area known to host ghost orchids (Dendrophylax lindenii) and happened to come upon an acquaintance from on-line (we did not know he would be there). Once he knew who we were, he proceeded to tell us of a plant that he saw with multiple flowers in a nearby area and offered to take us to photograph it.

    It is very rare for this species to have more than one bloom per plant per season. Five blooms or more is exceedingly rare, as this plant is doing (three flowers, one spent flower, and one bud):

    Taken somewhere in south Florida (location not disclosed to protect it from poaching):

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    1/6 second, f8, ISO 100, Sigma 105mm macro, Canon Digital Rebel XTi.

    Enjoy!
    ---Prem
     
  2. nikv

    nikv Member

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    That is a truly lovely photo! It could be used on the cover of a magazine. :D
     
  3. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    AWESOME!!
     
  4. Marni

    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    What a treasure.:clap:
     
  5. Tom_in_PA

    Tom_in_PA I am not an addict

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    That truely must be a sight seeing this species out in its natural habitat in the Florida swamps...thanks for sharing it with us Prem
     
  6. JonP

    JonP all that Supporting Member

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    What a treat! Thanks for capturing it and sharing.
     
  7. Mary Jane

    Mary Jane New Member

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    Thanks, Prem. It's great to see such a nice plant thriving.
     
  8. Karen

    Karen Species nut

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    Thanks, Prem!
     
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    piotrm Well-Known Member

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    WOW - now I can die - or better not ;-P
     
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    Gordon Member

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    Thanks Prem. Great pic, fantastic plant and flowers.
     
  11. Home Grown

    Home Grown Hakuna Matata

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    Thanks you Prem, that is amazing! I love the cascading petals of the aged flower!
     
  12. prem

    prem Wild Orchid Enthusiast

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    Thanks for all the compliments, folks! You are most kind.

    DJ, I feel the same way...the spiraling wilted flower adds a lot to the photo. At the time I was shooting it, I thought it was a liability, but now I feel that it adds a lot to the photo aesthetically...who woulda thunk that we'd be admiring a wilty flower?

    ---prem