06.19.2022 As with the PT’s so with the GP’s

There are a lot of Grass Pinks right now and it’s pretty hard to say “Well, I’ve already shot a bunch” when there are so many and different enough to keep making images. Kind of like the Painted Trilliums or bullfrogs.

This morning I returned to MacLeod Field and there were dozens of these orchids by the not very well-worn path along the edge of the field. You might be able to tell  that it rained a little earlier and as a result I got soaked  up to my hips despite the Muckboots which just go to below my knees. I imagine a few folks looked at me a bit askance when I ran the errands afterwards.

Grass Pink-Calopogon tuberosus aka Tuberous Grass Pink. This orchid is found throughout the eastern U.S. and much of the central as well. This plant has developed a unique pollination strategy tricking the visiting bee into thinking the hairs located on the upper lip are pollen holding stamens.  This video demonstrates how that works.  Sometimes you might come across one of these flowers with the upper lip hanging down onto the curved sexual organ where pollination happens after a bee visit. That’s likely what happened with the bloom at the lower right.

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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19 Responses to 06.19.2022 As with the PT’s so with the GP’s

  1. picpholio says:

    This one is realy awesome but I’m afraid I will never see it in real 😉 Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    How have I missed seeing this flower all these years? Love the pollination strategy!

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  3. Just ’cause we’ve photographed a species once or twice or twenty times is no reason not to photograph it again, especially if we can find novel ways to do so.

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  4. I wonder if the flower outsmarts the pollinator, or the pollinator the flower. No matter, it’s a win-win situation.

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  5. Very pretty and very pink orchid.

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  6. Peter Klopp says:

    Fabulous composition with the raindrops decorating the flower!

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  7. shoreacres says:

    The depth of color is remarkable. Do these fade a bit with age? The ones I’ve found in the past are a much lighter pink — although there could be any number of reasons for that.

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  8. Ann Mackay says:

    Stunningly beautiful! Love the detail of the raindrops too.

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  9. Todd Henson says:

    Orchids are always such curious flowers, especially when it comes to pollination. And I certainly know what you mean about continuing to shoot them no matter how many you’ve already shot. And that thought brings to mind a discussion I once had with a photographer out in the field who focuses on birds. He made a comment at some point about not photographing some species because he’s already photographed them. I told him I’ve never been able to stop photographing them because I never know when I might create a better or interestingly different photo than any I’d already made. Granted, it does make for lots of photos to go through later, but I’m ok with that. 🙂

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    • I don’t mind at all shooting the same subject repeatedly for the reasons you mentioned to the other photographer. One of my favorite quotes is from Pablo Casals, the amazing cellist. When asked why in his 80’s he still continued to practice his response was that he thought he was making improvement. Perfection is rarely achieved so its pursuit is a worthy journey. I have images that I don’t think I can improve upon but I still try.

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