Thursday, May 13, 2010

Green winged orchid

Here is another orchid species I photographed this week - the green winged orchid (orchis morio). Another photographer told me the location for this orchid and joined me on Tuesday to photograph them. It was my first time to see and photograph this species.
I was really happy that there was a spot pretty close by to my place. We went there in the late afternoon and had great weather and it was pretty hot, too. Unfortunately the sun moved behind clouds the last hour just before sundown, so we didn't get the great evening light I had the weekend before with the burnt orchids.

I went there again the next day with the hope to photograph them again in perfect evening light.
First I was not lucky with the light as it was cloudy and secondly there were no orchids left.
So what happened. A Shepard moved with his sheep over the fields and they ate all the orchids. There was literally no single orchid left on that location. I was really disappointed and can still not understand why they are allowed the let their sheep grass on known locations of orchids.

The images were taken with a 7D - Sigma 150/2.8 and a beanbag

I hope that I will be able to photograph another new orchid species for me this afternoon. Weather doesn't look too promising as it is raining the whole day already, but we will see.

Sebastian Erras


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