Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Florida
Rather than taking a close up photograph of the uniquely shaped flower of this rare ghost orchid, my vision was to photograph the ghost in its immediate surroundings in order to help illustrate a better sense of its environment. The ghost orchid clung to one of several pop ash trees pictured here. Biologists usually find ghosts on pop ash trees about 80% of the time that they find the state listed endangered plants in the swamp. The rest of the 20% are found on pond apple trees. On rare occasions, they have been found on cypress trees.
Several sequential and overlapping images were taken and then carefully put together in Photoshop using layers and
Nikon D7000 and Nikon 80-400 VR Lens, Nikon SB 80 Flash. Camera set on Manfrotto Tripod and Manfrotto Tilt and Pan Head.