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Posted by
kiwisa (North Shore, New Zealand) on 12 May 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The Auckland Domain Wintergardens are made up of two display glasshouses with average temps of 20 C, one with temperate and the other tropical plants. I have no luck growing orchids myself but I do enjoy watching these beautiful exotics at all stages of their development, so I visit the Wintergardens:)

Canon EOS 450D 1/250 second F/5.0 ISO 200 42 mm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Beautiful moment of the opening of the orchid :)

12 May 2010 5:28am

@Paco Díaz: Thanks Paco

Manola from Bassens, France

wouaouhhhh!! splendid !!;-))))

12 May 2010 5:37am

@Manola: Merci:))))

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow wow marvelous capture 5*********

12 May 2010 5:46am

@PATRICK: Wow thank you for all those stars :))

Krunal from Mumbai, India

like a hobbit with a hood, nice shot.

12 May 2010 6:12am

@Krunal: Thanks

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

WOW.. superb, Frances. Great composition, clarity and DOF.. definitely 5*.

12 May 2010 7:41am

@Sarito: Thanks Sarito

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

A very promising orchid... well captured !

12 May 2010 7:47am

@Tamara: Thanks Tamara - the opened flower coming soon:)

Olivier from Manage, Belgium


12 May 2010 7:58am

@Olivier: Thanks

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

Une ode à la vie, magnifique!

12 May 2010 8:03am

@Dilwenn: Merci

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Wonderful shot....
The colors are fantastic and the macro is amazing.

12 May 2010 8:17am

@Nazzareno: Thanks

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran

Love tone and editing

12 May 2010 8:23am

@Mohsen: Thanks

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Orchid Delicious! A composition that gives strength to her great beauty. Perfect focus!

12 May 2010 8:56am

@Fonts: Thanks for the visit and the kind comment

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Wow! how wonderful this macro. Congratulations is splendid. Good day.

12 May 2010 9:01am

@Tede: Thanks for the visit and the kind comment

k@ from Paris, France

I can see some jazz singer singing & laughing ! Superb*

12 May 2010 9:59am

@k@: Ha - such a wonderful imagination, -the orchid does have a human caricature about it

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Very beautiful macro

12 May 2010 10:23am

@Elena Kotrotsou: Thanks Elena

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Wow superbe macro !

12 May 2010 11:13am

@Laur: Merci:)

Yvon from Orleans, France

superbe, une espèce que je ne connaissais pas, il y en a des milliers à travers le monde

12 May 2010 11:15am

@Yvon: Merci

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

~`this is ~~~~~~~~~~~~ TRULY STUNNING~~~~~~~~~~

12 May 2010 12:37pm

@kate: Thanks Kate

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


12 May 2010 1:19pm


JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such a beautiful shot of these, I to dont have a green thumb so seeing beautiful flowers and gardens for me is by visiting them

12 May 2010 1:54pm

@JJ: Thanks JJ - orchids are to difficult for me to grow, so the wintergardens are a wonderful treat for me

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, Afghanistan

So exquisitely beautiful!

12 May 2010 4:58pm

@Pavan Kaul: Thanks

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Some striking landscape shots back there and this is a stunning orchid close up. Wonderfully alien

12 May 2010 5:56pm

@grouser: Thanks for the comments and for visiting my blog

Gina from Azores, Portugal

Stunning capture

12 May 2010 7:14pm

@Gina: Thanks Gina

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Stunning detail, very sharp

12 May 2010 7:33pm

@Alun: Thanks Alun

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! This is simply fantastic!! This has to be one of your best shots - a perfect macro. The detail is amazing. Everything is spot on - from the lighting to the composition. You should do more macros - you've got some serious talent/skill here... 5 stars for sure! Do you have a macro lens? Sorry, for asking, but I'm still in awe!

12 May 2010 7:59pm

@✿ Anina ✿: Thanks so much Anina - and no sadly I do not have a macro lens (YET):) Quite a bit of processing to get here though, cropped the RAW image, increased the contrast and sharpened a lot to get all the detail.

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

Lovely composition and focus, very nice DoF!

12 May 2010 9:50pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Marvelous selective focus.

12 May 2010 10:06pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

very nice detail , great sharpness , a superb depth of field!

12 May 2010 10:18pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Heavens, what have I missed here! This is absolutely gorgeous!
LOve the bokeh, the focus, the colours, and most of all you pov again! Lokks liek she was singing to you - what did she say? Something like "Trust in me.." (Kaa on the junglebook)..... ;D Dangerous!

13 May 2010 11:33am

@daniela scharnowski: Thanks Daniela, yeah I think I heard some singing ;)

TofiX from Tebriz, Iran

nice focus point . super colors ! well done

15 May 2010 9:42pm

Canon EOS 450D
1/250 second
ISO 200
42 mm