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Calypso Orchid (aka Fairy Slipper)

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 15 April 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

These gorgeous little flowers are starting to pop in the shade all over the back country trails around Corvallis.
Squirrel Shot Follow-up. That actually was a designed squirrel feeder that he was getting into yesterday. The squirrels can lift the lid and get the food, but the birds cannot lift the lid.

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NIKON D300 1/60 second F/5.0 ISO 200 225 mm (35mm equiv.)

Lydie & Roland from France

What a nice macro with fine details and nice colors !!! Well done Jack !

15 Apr 2009 5:26am

Catalin from Bucharest, Romania

excellent macro, is very sharp, the focus is good, the colors... WOW. great job

15 Apr 2009 6:00am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Beautiful colors and bokeh.

15 Apr 2009 6:04am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Such a beautiful flower, Jack. It looks so delicate. It amazes me that it grows in the wild and is not from aa hot house somewhere.

15 Apr 2009 6:10am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

So pink !

15 Apr 2009 6:58am

chrissy from uk, United Kingdom

lovely macro, great detail

15 Apr 2009 7:03am

Nicholas from Shah Alam, Malaysia

Lovely macro here. Good job with the background too.

15 Apr 2009 7:11am

xavier cardell from menorca-barcelona, Spain

One of those I'd like to see in BW to compare. or maybe slightly desaturated.

15 Apr 2009 7:27am

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

Love the deep tones!

15 Apr 2009 7:31am

Annie Viguié from Bordeaux, France

So beautiful !

15 Apr 2009 8:03am

k@ from Paris, France

A flower that looks like an animal, wow !

15 Apr 2009 8:06am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

Extremely colourful dragon like flower

15 Apr 2009 8:29am

isidro from Spain

magnifico macro !

15 Apr 2009 8:51am

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

A beautiful macro of such delicateness. I love the quote you've posted too.

15 Apr 2009 8:56am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

one of the most beautiful flower in the world ! a lovely macro Jack !

15 Apr 2009 9:07am

Colors Inc from Zürich, Switzerland

beautiful, also the brown background is nice

15 Apr 2009 9:13am

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

Magnificent photo of flower, it seems to be put in a case, as a jewel. Beautiful.

15 Apr 2009 9:17am

khadi from New Delhi, India

Impressive -- I like all the details in this shot and the DOF

15 Apr 2009 9:32am

-1q5yChØt!c- from Persia, Iran

great shot
great flower

15 Apr 2009 9:42am

Anthony Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Orchids are just made for macro photography don´t you think !!

15 Apr 2009 9:51am

@Anthony Lambert: Yep

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

Really superb !! And great background !

15 Apr 2009 10:05am

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

c'est délicat, cette fleur est un trésor de couleur et de détails , le fond est d'un esthétisme profond, l'orchidée est une fleur magique.

15 Apr 2009 10:42am

@Alivia: I agree, Dane.

zOOm from Paris, France

Great picture of a splendid specimen. Your DOF is perfect Jack ! As well as the focus, really sharp where it must be.

15 Apr 2009 10:46am

@zOOm: You should have seen me down on the ground, covered with mud.

alireza from tehran, Iran

nice macro/ lovely color

15 Apr 2009 10:53am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

stunning macro..

I see the Pirates have turned Calypso into a flower now..
now I know waht to expect in the next movie of Pirates of the Carribbean :-).

15 Apr 2009 11:25am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent macro

15 Apr 2009 11:33am

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

5 stars Jack. Beautiful macro. Crisp details.

15 Apr 2009 12:56pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Absolutely outstanding! The best, Jack. The colors are deep and rich. The background actually compliments the colors in the bloom. I like how the light picks up the flecks of gold under the one petal on the left.
With an image like this you could be in the AM3 Spotlight again.
We must do something about getting you more than 5 stars for this one. Excellent.

15 Apr 2009 1:06pm

Ian Bramham from Manchester, United Kingdom

fantastic colours and complimentary background!

15 Apr 2009 1:47pm

@Ian Bramham: Thank you, Ian.

Manel from Girona, Spain

Such beautiful flower series. Gorgous backgraounds and perfectely lightned.Thanks a lot for all different texts that i like to read. See you and congratulations.

15 Apr 2009 1:59pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful macro. Those are gorgeous flowers.

15 Apr 2009 2:24pm

jim from sebastopol, United States

i lived in a little cottage in Occidental, and these little orchids would cover the ground in the woods... thanks for the memory! jim

15 Apr 2009 2:26pm

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

superb.. nice close up with DOF and well framed

15 Apr 2009 2:47pm

EYES WIDE SHUT from The library of my soul, United Kingdom

Utterly exquisite, Jack

15 Apr 2009 2:58pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Is the fairy slipper a cousin of the lady slipper? Another great shot in this series!

15 Apr 2009 3:06pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Don't know the answer to your question. Thanks for your kind words.

Don from spokane, United States

A perfectly gorgeous orchid. What a fine picture of this great looking blossom. Well done.

15 Apr 2009 3:19pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Great name for this beautiful flower! And what a nicely detailed photo of it!

15 Apr 2009 3:41pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Where do you find such beautiful flower, Jack? They are always unique and very beautiful. And you just know how to use the camera on them.

15 Apr 2009 3:49pm

@Ajay: Thanks, Ajay. They are in great abundance in the woods areas. They grow in the shade.

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

absolute perfection, lovely

15 Apr 2009 3:55pm

jhon smith from tehran, United Kingdom

very nice shot

15 Apr 2009 4:10pm

"Marie" :-) from perth, Australia

What a gorgeous looking flower Jack, I have never seen one before...... stunning colours and looks like a very delicate flower...

15 Apr 2009 4:18pm

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

très très belle lumière ***********************

15 Apr 2009 4:27pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

They are my favourite wild flower. That is a super shot of that exquisite little thing.

15 Apr 2009 4:30pm

dogilicious from Millerstown, PA, United States

A very beautiful and delicate flower. Great work.

15 Apr 2009 4:38pm

adele27 from tonekabon, Iran

it seems more like a painting than a picture!

15 Apr 2009 4:39pm

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superbe macro d'orchidée! Très belles couleurs!

15 Apr 2009 4:44pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Reminds me to make arrangements to shot these this spring. best...jerry

15 Apr 2009 5:05pm

Shutterbug from Chennai, India


15 Apr 2009 5:12pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

oh my heavens -- this is beyond perfection. This is the best yet. Absolutely stunning in its detail and clarity. Fantastic (any more adjectives?).

15 Apr 2009 5:17pm

@Diane Schuller: Thank you Diane; you embarrass me.

zahai from Berlin, Germany

Amazing colors. Beautiful :)

15 Apr 2009 5:36pm

oncho from granada, Spain

No queda sitio para comentar!buena,exquisite.Que jardin más grande tienes..beautiful

15 Apr 2009 5:44pm

Pradeep from Chennai, India

Beautiful this very much :)

15 Apr 2009 6:01pm

Heather from Napanee ON, Canada


15 Apr 2009 6:48pm

willow from Chelsea, United States

These grow wild around you?!!!!! I have to spend a small fortune to buy them only to have them fade away before I'm done admiring them. Beautiful photo!

15 Apr 2009 6:49pm

@willow: The first major wild flower that blooms is trillium. And then comes Fairy Slipper. When you see the first one, you think that you have died and gone to heaven.

kerfendal from Paris, France

nearly an animal, great pic

15 Apr 2009 8:18pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

wunderfull flower !

15 Apr 2009 8:59pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

What a beautiful lady, and so well captured!

15 Apr 2009 9:26pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Sumptuous deep colours and texture of petals.

15 Apr 2009 9:28pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


15 Apr 2009 9:33pm

marianne from Toulouse, France

what a macro !!! love the background, it's really a very good picture !!!!! congratulations !!

15 Apr 2009 9:39pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

beautiful macro, with beautiful light!
friendships jack!

15 Apr 2009 10:07pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

wow jack, what a stunner!!! just floored by the perfection here!!!

15 Apr 2009 11:00pm

Linerberry from Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand

A truely exquisite image jack....stunning:-)

15 Apr 2009 11:11pm

ts from Tokyo, Japan


16 Apr 2009 12:48am

Kathryn from Warburton, Australia

wonderful moody colours! such a beautiful and interesting flower! nice image!

16 Apr 2009 2:18am

JJ from Jersey City, United States

This is so beautiful love the vivid colors

Thanks for the update, didnt realise it was a squirrel feeder

16 Apr 2009 2:37am

Sandrine from Cincinnati, United States


16 Apr 2009 2:51am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is just exquisite! Love this one Jack!

16 Apr 2009 3:45am

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

We don't "do" orchids down here, too arid. I'm envious.

Lovely focus!

16 Apr 2009 4:15am

Nacho from Salem, OR, United States

Jack, that is one sensuous flower, and that background is marvelous. The colors alone just take me. Thanks!

16 Apr 2009 4:20am

@Nacho: Thank you, Nacho. It is an incredible flower.

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

Wow Jack great response to this beautiful shot

16 Apr 2009 7:28am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States


16 Apr 2009 11:55am

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

Perfect photo. Perfect quote. Thank you, Jack.

16 Apr 2009 12:21pm

Cricket from Alabama, United States

Pretty Pretty Pretty....just a lovely image and quote Jack.

16 Apr 2009 4:16pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Oh my, what a pretty flower! Superb macro with incredible detail and colour! Love your photography!!! :)

16 Apr 2009 4:49pm

@Magda: Thank you.

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

Wonderful flower ! Great macro !

17 Apr 2009 3:51pm

Mariana from waterloo, Canada

Gorgeous Orchid !!! Love them .

17 Apr 2009 10:18pm

marcel lemieux/star_cosmos_bleu from Bedford.Quebec, Canada

Excellent capture...lovely sure is a beauty

18 Apr 2009 12:41pm

Mike from Viols le fort, France

Très belle macro, les couleurs sont magnifiques, ainsi que la lumière

21 Apr 2009 7:28pm