Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Steve Foss

Arethusa (dragon's-mouth orchid)

6 posts in this topic

Forgive me for starting with a number, but this is No. 16 in my neverending quest to photograph all the 40+ species of wild orchids in Minnesota.

With a reputation as a rare orchid, the Arethusa actually can run unbroken for miles with thousands of individual plants in vast stretches of peatland in north central Minnesota. But up here in the boreal forests around Ely, it is a bit more elusive.

I was out with clients today, mostly looking for ladyslippers (yellows and stemless photographed) and moose (none to be found), when we came across these little 8-inch-tall beauties. So delicate, so wonderful, and all with ambient light with no help from diffusion/reflector discs. It was simply a great day to be out after widlflowers, with a lot of diffuse overcast and very little wind, and a few rain sprinkles mixed in.

All with the Canon 30D and Canon 100 f2.8 macro, iso400, handheld.

1/640 @ f2.8


1/800 @ f2.8


1/80 @ f7.1


1/125 @ f7.1


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, Mike.

And here's a messy little environmental portrait shot just after a light rain shower. Eight inches tall, tops. A discerning eye will note the leaves of a blue flag iris and wild strawberry as well. Other individuals were nearly buried and hard to find among the prostrate branches of leatherleaf shrubs.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Ken, we actually were driving and moved right by it before my brain kicked in.

Rose pogonia or arethusa, I shouted! And we went right back to it. We were moving along at barely above idle speed. At even 20 mph it would not have happened. Drive-by shooting indeed. The faster you go, the more you miss. gringrin

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Great shots Steve. I like the 2nd and 3rd the most. It's always fun to see what number you're up to. Can't wait to see all of them.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Posts

    • mine has been put to bed too, the sled cause of the lack of snow I gave to the kids and grand kids last year.  Just the wheeler  left for winter.
    •   I'll help you here, but you're going to have to call the nurse to wipe yourass.
    • So, how many other votes, in a state where vote fraud is a way of life even though the establishment denies it, got changed?  And did they undo the fix as soon as Moynihan walked out the door?     Sounds to me like, at the least, some folks ought to lose their job.  Maybe the feds should launch an investigation under the voting rights act or one of those things.     Ha Ha, like that is going to happen. 
    • That's what I asked, whether the stories were different or just the headlines.   Bear stepped in on Jiggy's team and said they aren't going to bother to answer.    So, since you googled it, you must have a source and the answer to my question.   Well? 
    • Chaws really hit it on the head, we are a very small market industry in regards to ice fishing. Even the walleye industry is small potatoes to advertisers compared to bass. In many cases if you're not 1 or 2 in your product line you're either a garage/hobby company or going broke. I get a kick looking at the intricate paint jobs on some of the tiny ice jigs that get sold for a couple dollars, no way can they justify the time. 
    • Couple more pics.  Got all the plastic on and the floor insulated. 
    • Rather ride my Harleys to but its Minnesota and if nothing else its going to get cold soon. Put my bikes into storage and the snowmobile is siting in their place and ready to go. I know its going to get cold I just hope we get some snow with it this year. Sure would like to get more than the usual 2-300 miles on the sled this year.
    • No it'sreal and it's different same day editions of the paper.  Easily googleable.   It's basically what happens when your boy's policies change a dozen times over the course a few hours.
  • Our Sponsors