This wild orchid, a western marsh orchid (Dactylorhiza majalis), adorned a meadow in southern Bavaria.

Nikon D200, Sigma 18-200mm.

The western marsh orchid (Dactylorhiza majalis; also broad-leaved marsh orchid, fan orchid, common marsh orchid) is a terrestrial European orchid. Its flowering period begins at lower elevations as early as the beginning of May and ends in higher elevations at the end of July. The lowest blossoms usually open even before the stem has reached its full height. The western marsh orchid grows mainly in nitrogen-poor marsh areas that consist of several plant communities. More rarely, it is found in fens.

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    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Thank you, Sylvia!

    – Kasia-D

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous floral Kasia :o) xx

  • Thanks, Robin. Thought I’d a spot of colour and nature for once!

    – Kasia-D

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 4 years ago

    Stunning orchid capture.

  • Thank you. Took this a couple of years ago on a lovely summer walk.

    – Kasia-D

  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful focus and color Kasia!

  • Thank you, Rosie!

    – Kasia-D

  • adriangeronimo
    adriangeronimoalmost 4 years ago

    great depth of field and exposure. the color palettes are great.

  • Adrian, thank you:-) I liked the contrasts here too and it was worth crouching down that far!

    – Kasia-D

  • ©The Creative  Minds
    ©The Creative ...almost 4 years ago

    I got one of these, too! It’s German name is “Geflecktes Knabenkrauf”,
    Heath Spotted Orchid or Moorland Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata):))

  • They are beautiful flowers. Thanks for commenting and sharing the name! Kasia

    – Kasia-D

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • Thank you!

    – Kasia-D

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 2 years ago

    What a gorgeous color! Congrats on your feature!!

  • Blair, thank you very much for this feature. Much appreciated!

    – Kasia-D

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 2 years ago

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