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  1. 25 th November 2014 View Count has reached 5,005
  1. 19 th August 2014 View Count reached 4,000
  1. 13 th August 2014 Achieved its Tenth feature in the group Featured for a Challenge
  1. 13 th June 2014 Sold as a Card
  1. 25 th January 2014 View Count reached 3,002
  1. 26th August 2012 Won the August Avatar Challenge

This Spotted Orchid was growing in the grassland beneath Killclooney Dolmen near Portnoo in South West County Donegal, Ireland. It was on peaty acidic soil.

Botanical name: “Dactylorhiza maculata”
Wild orchids depend on a special relationship between their roots and certain fungus. (The particular fungus varies with the type of orchid.)

It is thought that the mycelium (thread-like growths through the soil) of the fungus provide nutrients to the tiny orchid seeds. Without the fungus in the soil, the orchid seed will not germinate. Some orchids require the presence of the mycelium throughout their lives some need it only at the time of seed germination.

The spotted orchid is one that requires the fungus through-out its life and would die slowly over the next year if a fungicide was to be applied to its surrounding soil. Similarly if you wanted to transplant this orchid you would need to “transplant” about a cubic meter of soil around around it in order to be sure of bringing its mycelium infrastructure.

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History of this Image on RedBubble

  1. 19 th August 2014 View Count reached 4,000
  2. 13 th August 2014 Achieved its Tenth feature in the group Featured for a Challenge
  3. 13 th June 2014 Sold as a Card
  4. 24 th May 2014 Achieved its Nineth feature in the group Enchanted Flowers
  5. 25 th January 2014 View Count reached 3,002
  6. 16 th July 2013 Achieved its Eighth feature in the group Gorgeous Flower Cards
  7. 9 th May 2013 View Count reached 2,000
  8. 26th August 2012 Won the August Avatar Challenge
  9. 28th April 2012 featured in: Fuchsias and Orchids
  10. 24th November 2011 view count reached 510 times.
  11. 15th Oct 2011 featured in: Alphabet Soup
  12. 14th Oct 2011 featured in: Endangered Species
  13. 19th Sept 2011 featured in: Breathtaking Wild Animals & Plants
  14. 8 July 2011 featured in: 4 Winners Only
  15. 23 Jan 2011 view count reached 100 times.
  16. 26th Nov 2010 featured in: Wild Flowers of The World
  17. 16th Nov 2010 featured in: Macro Magic on the
  18. 13th Nov 2010 uploaded to RedBubble


Techie Photography detail:
    Image Mode: Raw
    Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM zoom (at 70mm),
    Camera: Canon 5d
    Exposure: f11 1/125


  • Magi5760
    Magi5760about 4 years ago

    Congratulations from your hosts at Macro Magic!

  • Colin, Thank you for featuring my photograph in your group. George

    – George Row

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 4 years ago

    George, you folks have some of the most interesting wildflowers there in Ireland!! You have added so much to the Wildflowers of the World group by opening up to us the beauty of these wildflowers in that part of the world!! Well done my friend and keep up the great work!!

  • Blair, Thank you very much. Recently my main photographic effort has been going into Panoramic Landscapes but while I am in interesting wild places photographing panoramas I often find myself amongst wild flowers. I realized that I had become a bit complacent about things like the wild orchids and fuchsia hedges. So gathered a few together from my archives for my wildflower calendar. George

    – George Row

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignabout 4 years ago

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 4 years ago

    (Blair’s choice, I’m posting the banner on his behalf, congratulations!)

  • Vickie, Thank you and thanks to Blair for choosing it! George

    – George Row

  • Colin12
    Colin12about 4 years ago

    I like the depth and composition of this George.

  • Colin, Thank you – I see you have an amazing collection of Australian Orchids they really look spectacular! George

    – George Row

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaabout 4 years ago

  • Clive
    Clivealmost 4 years ago

    A wonderful capture of this beautiful spotted orchid George

  • Clive, Thank you. George

    – George Row

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful find and capture !

  • Trish, Thank you. George

    – George Row

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