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Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata)        Images © Mark A. Chappell

This striking, widely distributed, but somewhat unobtrusive orchid is a parasite of soil fungi.   I've mainly seen them under conifers.   I photographed these in the San Jacinto Mountains in Riverside County, California.   There was a slight breeze at the time, just enough to make the flower stalks wave around a bit, which was very frustrating for macro photography -- these are some of the few reasonably sharp images I got.

  • Canon 7D2, Tamron 180 mm macro lens, fill-in flash (2016)