Orange Welsh Poppy (Meconopsis cambrica var. aurantiaca) flower [UV]

Orange Welsh Poppy (Meconopsis cambrica var. aurantiaca) flower [UV]

Description

Title:
Orange Welsh Poppy (Meconopsis cambrica var. aurantiaca) flower [UV]
Caption / Description:

UV photograph of two Orange Welsh Poppy flowers (Meconopsis cambrica var. aurantiaca). One flower is has partly open petals so that the centre of the flower is visible. The other flower has the petals closed up and is bent over so that the side of the flower is visible.

A clear UV marking pattern can be seen in the flower that is open. The stamens and stigmas appear much darker than they do under visible light. The base of the petals are also slightly darker in ultraviolet. These markings, known as nectar guides, are used to help bees and other insects (which can see UV light) find the area of the flower where the pollen and nectar are located.

Meconopsis cambrica is endemic to uploand areas of Western Europe, preferring damp, shady places on rocky ground. It is especially well adapted to colonising gaps and crevices in rocks and stones. This habit has enabled it to colonise the urban environment, growing between paving slabs and at the edges of walls.

Description adapted from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meconopsis_cambrica

Tags / Keywords:
  • Biota
  • Life
  • Vitae
  • Eukaryota
  • Plantae
  • Plants
  • Magnoliophyta
  • Flowering Plants
  • Angiosperms
  • Magnoliopsida
  • Dicotyledons
  • Ranunculales
  • Papaveraceae
  • Poppy family
  • Ultraviolet
  • UV Photography
  • Meconopsis
  • Meconopsis cambrica
  • Welsh poppy
  • Meconopsis cambrica var. aurantiaca
  • Orange Welsh Poppy
  • Nectar guide

Admin

Date Original Photo Taken:
Original File Name:
_DIR5922a.psd
Event:
Rating:
Date this image added/last updated on website:
Original File Dimensions:
2848px x 4256px
File Type:
JPEG
Color Mode:
Original Image Color Profile:
Adobe RGB (1998)

Location

Location Created:
Sublocation:
City:
Market Harborough
Province/State:
Leicestershire
Country:
United Kingdom
World Region:
Europe
Geo-location:

Rights

Copyright Status:
Copyrighted
Licensing Status:
Rights Managed
Available for Editorial Use:
Yes
Available for Commercial Use:
Yes
Copyright Notice:
© 2013 Dave Kennard

Camera Data

Date Digital Resource was created:
Shutter speed:
1160 s
Aperture:
f/4
Camera Model:
Fujifilm IS Pro
ISO:
800
Exposure Compensation:
0
Focal Length:
75mm
Focal Length (35mm equiv.):
118mm
Metering Mode:
Spot
Flash:
Off, Did not fire
Exposure Mode:
Manual
White Balance:
Manual
Light Source:
Unknown
Exposure Program:
Manual

Additional shooting metadata

Lens:
Nikon EL-Nikkor 75mm F4 N
Filters used:
  • Baader U
Additional Optics used:
  • Kenko DG Extension Tubes 12mm
  • 17mm-31mm M42 Focusing helicoid
Setup:
Tripod, geared head, focusing rail
2x full spectrum modified Vivitar 283 flashes for lighting

Post Processing

Image Modified:
Software used:
  • Adobe Camera RAW
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5
Post Processing:

Channel mixer used in PS CS5 to adjust colours
LCE applied in PS CS5