09.27.2018 Late summer orchids

Ladies’ Tresses, in this case Nodding, are fairly small and you might not take them for an orchid on first notice. A closer look makes it more evident.  Earlier this month, while I was visiting the site where I find the Greater Fringed Gentian posted  around that time, I noticed some Ladies’ Tresses just starting to bloom near the trail. When I went back this past Sunday they were well along.

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Just an iPhone shot. But I had a closeup in mind and possibly something a bit more expressive.


Beauty in place

What I didn’t capture was the delight of seeing these while listening to the gurgle of the small stream running next to the trail.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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15 Responses to 09.27.2018 Late summer orchids

  1. Very, very nice, Steve. It is always fun to come across these little beauties late in the season like this, isn’t it? You’re right, they sort of take you by surprise. There are a couple of different orchids here that I have stumbled across that at first didn’t strike me as being orchids. I like the first shot, of them in a colony, and the second one is a knockout. Very expressive indeed! And lovely that they had a stream nearby.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    We share this one, and it’s a beauty. I still remember how excited I was to find my first ladies tresses on my first trip to Arkansas. Now I know where to look for them around here, and this was a banner year for them. I’ve found at least three species, and there apparently are more in east Texas.

    In the second photo, I can’t quite tell: is that dew on the flowers, or is the plant just especially hairy? I very much like the background of the third photo. When I find them, they’re usually in an area that’s a little chaotic, like in your first photo, and smoothing out all that background a bit helps to highlight the orchid. The colors in that last photo are an especially nice variation on fall hues.

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    • It is both, Linda. There is a dew droplet on each hair, both the stem and the flower. And the frilly edge of the flower accentuates that.
      We also have a few different species, but I’ve only found the noddings. I guess it’s a great year for them all over.
      Regarding number three, I’ve been trying to work on isolating one or two subjects against a background or even out of both front and back.

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  3. Still yet to come across these when I am out Steve, but you sure have captured their beauty great work !!

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  4. I have trouble with depth of field when doing closeups of ladies’ tresses orchids, mostly because the tips of the flowers pointing toward me are so much closer to the camera than the ones pointing sideways.

    In the third picture, the background has a colorful vitality.

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  5. Gallivanta says:

    The photos of the isolated flowers are lovely, but it is the melange of blooms in the first photo which appeals to me the most. It’s also a reminder to me that I was supposed to buy wildflower seeds last week!

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  6. bluebrightly says:

    The third photo communicates that twisting, quiet beauty of Ladies Tresses. They’re such a pleasure to come upon. We have different little orchids here, but they’ve been gone for a while now. Next year!

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