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Pyramidal Orchid, Inishmore

George Row

Derry, United Kingdom

Artist's Description

[Aran, Aran Islands, Canon EOS 5d mk ii, flower, Inishmore, iPhone cover, iPad cover, Irish, orchid, pyramidal orchid, postcard, tote bag, throw pillows, wild orchid, wildflower, Wildflower Card, Wild Flower Calendar 2014, 2015, >500 >1,000 >2,000 >3,000 >4,000 >5,000 >6,000 views, Featured, Six features]

  1. 2 nd April 2015 View Count has reached 6,005

    Camera: Canon EOS 5d MkII     |     Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM zoom (at 70mm)     |     Exposure: f16 1/100

Featured in six groups see “History” section for details.
This wild Pyramidal Orchid was photographed on a sandy grass verge, by the road side near the airstrip on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, Ireland.
The dense slightly pointy head is typical of this type of wild orchid. As was the location. It is typically found on coastal paths, sandhills and other sandy grassland particularly in lime-rich soils.
Botanical name: ”Anacamptis pyramidalis“.
Wild orchids depend on a special relationship between their roots and certain fungi. (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 mycelium of fungi tend to colonise an area of soil. If they come up against another fungus of the same species they will merge into a single organism. If they come to territory of another species of fungus they will repel each other.
An orchid can produce thousands of tiny seeds, they blow on the wind – but a seed will only germinate if it lands on soil with the appropriate fungus. Hence ground that looks to the human eye like a suitable habitat might have no orchids while a patch nearby may have a huge number.
This is also why there is no point in digging up an orchid to transplant it – unless you also bring a ton or two of the surrounding soil, with it’s mycelium intact, the orchid will wither and die in the new location.


 
This is part of my new postcard range. You can follow on to another gorgeous Very Ireland Post card .
This version is intended for cards and other 7×5 media, it is also available here cropped square for my Wildflower Calendar.

                           
              Wildflower Calendar               Calendar version  

History of this Image on RedBubble

  1. 2 nd April 2015 View Count has reached 6,005
  2. 11 th January 2015 View Count has reached 5,555
  1. 17 th February 2014 View Count reached 4,000
  2. May 2013 View Count reached 3,000
  1. 29th June 2012 Was Featured by Red Bubble on the Featured Photographs page
  2. 6th May 2012 Featured in Featured For a Challenge
  3. 2nd May 2012 Featured in Close-Ups in Nature
  4. 25 Oct 2011 this Pyramidal Orchid is now available as an iPhone cover.
  5. 24 Oct 2011 view count 500
  6. 17 Sep 2011 Featured in Superbly Visual
  7. 21 Aug 2011 Featured in Artists-Universe
  8. 21 Feb 2011 view count 111 views and was submitted to the group 100-500 views
  9. 21st Feb 2011 it was featured in Nature Photography Challenge
  10. 3rd December 2010 featured in WildFlowers of the World
  11. 16th November 2010 uploaded to RedBubble
    h2. Techie Photography detail:

    Image Mode: Canon Raw
    Lens: EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM zoom (at 70mm),
    Camera: Canon 5d MkII
    Exposure: f16 1/100

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