Spider Orchid by orpheus

The “Carousel” Spider orchid (Caladenia arenicola).
Photographed at Wireless Hill, Perth 2008.

The classic spider orchid, this variety has had a great many names over the years. Commonly just called the King or Red spider orchid, they freely interbreed with the white spider orchid species that grow in the same area. Extremely variable in colour, the petals and sepals, range from greenish white to deep red.

Pentax IST DL, 1/180 sec f./6.7 ISO-200 125mm zoom.

Featured on Redbubble 1st July 2009

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  • Brian Dodd
    Brian Doddalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful Shot!!

  • Thank you.

    – orpheus

  • aspectsoftmk
    aspectsoftmkalmost 6 years ago

    the dancer….what a beautiful photo of the life of this orchid…love this!

  • Jules Campbell
    Jules Campbellalmost 6 years ago

    Yep Spider orchid for me too, I used to love finding these in the bush it was like treasure hunting as they can be hard to find at times :) Beautiful image.

  • meckersley
    meckersleyalmost 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the ‘Art’ feature page today!
    This is a beautiful photo – very deserving. =)

  • Raphael Lopez
    Raphael Lopezalmost 6 years ago

    Your photographs are amazingly beautiful with an incredible arrays of soft colors and tones with a touch of originality that is truly wonderful.

  • Thanks.

    – orpheus

  • DryFlyPhoto
    DryFlyPhotoalmost 6 years ago

    What a delicate flower and so expertly captured.

  • Thankyou.

    – orpheus

  • Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch
    Kerryn Madsen-...almost 6 years ago

    Lovely. Always love a spider orchid.

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kalmost 6 years ago

    stunning macro, great orchid, :)) k

  • Thanks

    – orpheus

  • trueblvr
    trueblvralmost 6 years ago

    Good Heavens, this is amazing

  • Barb Leopold
    Barb Leopoldalmost 6 years ago

    Veeeeery nice, I am looking forward to our season of native orchids this year in South Australia!

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