Orchid Heart

Posted by
Don (Spokane, United States) on 11 March 2009 in Plant & Nature.

'Orchids belong to the most diverse family of plants known to man. There are over 880 genera, 28,000 species and well over 300,000 registered cultivars currently documented. These numbers only begin to tell the true story behind the evolutionary success of modern day orchids. Orchids are the most rapidly (genetically) changing group of plants on earth and more new species have been discovered over the last few thousand years than any other plant group known.'

'Orchids produce seed pods with literally hundreds of thousands of seed that are released and scattered by the wind. Orchid seeds must establish a symbiotic relationship with a special fungus to survive its first year of life. The fungi gathers water and minerals for itself and the seedling, and the seedling shares its sugars from photosynthesis with the fungus. Only one or two orchid seeds will ever germinate and survive on that perfect crevice or depression that is both moist and has the fungus present. Even then, its chances to survive in the wild long enough to bloom are slim.'

sherri from Little Rock, United States

lovely capture....the graininess is nice

11 Mar 2009 5:23am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

The orchid is gorgeous! Nice capture, Don.

11 Mar 2009 7:14am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

beautifully composed macro

11 Mar 2009 7:37am

beanow from Poland

Very oryginal composition...I like the gentle grain.

11 Mar 2009 8:31am

Rosso from Luserna s.Giovanni (To), Italy

Exceptional macro photography, it seems to enter the mouth of a lion

11 Mar 2009 11:27am

EYES WIDE SHUT from United Kingdom

Like the open jaws of a Viper, the growling menace of a Lion or tiger, such an incredible face these beautiful flowers have. Superbly observed, Don

11 Mar 2009 3:26pm

daina from New York, United States

A beautiful macro, beautifully composed - your colors, once again, are incredible. The info was fascinating especially the part where so few survive yet there are so many of them.

11 Mar 2009 3:32pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Reminds me of the very caring mother in Alien :-)

11 Mar 2009 4:02pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

you've really captured that sculptural feel of orchids. I think that's part of the appeal. You've taken this at the right angle to really emphasize that sculptural essence.

11 Mar 2009 4:06pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

excellent image - the black for background is perfect

11 Mar 2009 5:32pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Stunning close up Don. It's almost a flower within a flower

11 Mar 2009 5:34pm

martie from US, United States

Fantastic macro! I like the contrast between the flower and the background. Excellent!

11 Mar 2009 6:05pm

Faon from Strasbourg, France

I can smell the perfume of springtime ... great shot !

11 Mar 2009 6:16pm

Philip from Joburg, South Africa

Beautiful macro and you captured this so well I love those deep reds inside :)

11 Mar 2009 7:11pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I like this beautiful flower. Nice grain.

11 Mar 2009 7:26pm

Andres from Chapel Hill, United States

A truly beautiful close-up of a spectacular family of flowers.

11 Mar 2009 9:03pm

john4jack from Corvallis, United States

Exquisite!

11 Mar 2009 11:02pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Marvelous macro shot.

11 Mar 2009 11:58pm

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Great macro Don. I like the framing here.

12 Mar 2009 2:18am

grant from kansas city, United States

stunning photo

12 Mar 2009 4:03am

Standley from Carquefou, France

Superb composition. I like the subtle colours!

12 Mar 2009 5:58am

Beat from Switzerland

Beautifull macro and facinating!

12 Mar 2009 6:10am

DaveB from Exeter, United Kingdom

Nice close-up, love the colours

12 Mar 2009 10:21am

cat from Tel Aviv, Israel

Fantastic, it looks like the jaws of an exotic type of lion.

15 Mar 2009 9:49am