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.
Nikon D200 + 105mm f2.8 lens; 1/5000 sec at f3.3; ISO 100; reflector.
Gargana National Park, Puglia, Italy
Sandra Bartocha, Germany
Sandra specialises in landscapes and plants. She seeks to photograph nature in an artistic way, focusing on details, light, colours and moods, and using creative camera techniques to best capture the beauty of a scene. Her pictures have been published in magazines, books and calendars, and she has received prizes in numerous international competitions.