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Camera: Canon EOS 10D
Lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Focal Length: 100mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter: 1/250 sec
ISO: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Diffuse Flash
Tripod: Yes
Legs splayed, arms akimbo, the extremities of the hanging man are swollen with blood. His identity is masked mercifully by a cowl, but what fortune therein lies when year upon year, he endures the same tortured end?

Belonging to the flowers of the Man Orchid, the pendant labellum of Orchis anthropophora (Orchidaceae, formerly the sole member of the now-defunct monotypic genus, Aceras) does indeed look just like the suspended torso and limbs of a wee man, his head -- covered or otherwise, as you prefer -- formed from the flowers' sepals and petals.

This bloom was on one of only a few inflorescences found flowering in April of this year in the Stinco district near Mattinata, Puglia.

Comments on: homme pendu

Pretty picture, funky flower. I'm not sure it looks just like a man, but it makes a great stick figure. What is the process by which a genus becomes defunct?

I am far too delighted at seeing another post to suggest, even teasingly, that-- well, as I say: delighted ;)

Posted by matt at October 24, 2006 10:30 PM

pretty work to emphasize this flower

Posted by .:CushmoK:. at October 25, 2006 04:43 PM

On ne dirait pas un homme pendu, mais plutot une multitude de langues de serpents...

Posted by Womick at October 25, 2006 07:20 PM

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