WPY 2010

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2010

In Praise of Plants and Fungi

Sandra Bartocha, Germany

Orchid in a flush of garlic

The scent of wild garlic wafted on the sea air as Sandra wandered through a meadow near the coastal town of Vieste, Italy. The field was a riot of colour, thick with Naples garlic and hundreds of pyramidal orchids. Invisible cicadas buzzed loudly, accompanied by the calls of bee-eaters. What Sandra wanted to conjure up was the brightness and freshness of the spring morning. Discovering a tall Apulian bee orchid, she photographed the flower against the sea, 'keeping the orchid in shadow but making use of the fantastic morning light bouncing off the glossy surfaces of the garlic and water' to create the sparkling setting.

Technical specification

Nikon D200 + 105mm f2.8 lens; 1/5000 sec at f3.3; ISO 100; reflector.


Gargana National Park, Puglia, Italy: latitude 41.8335, longitude 16.0373 Gargana National Park, Puglia, Italy: latitude 41.8335, longitude 16.0373

Gargana National Park, Puglia, Italy

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