That is a really nice Cattleya!!
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This is a discussion on Eplc Mae Bly within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; This is one of my oldest cattleya and is very free flowering, even when it ...
This is one of my oldest cattleya and is very free flowering, even when it is badly neglected as it is now.When I first got it, it was an Epilaeliacattleya (Eplc) but I have been told it is now a Cattleychea (Ctyh). I hope Kirk will see this post and provide the correct generic name.
Actually I have posted pictures of this cattleya previously but I am testing my new Nikkor 200-500 tele-zoom lens on 'close' distance subjects like flowers, and Mae Bly was pressed into service as it happens to be blooming at present. I'm impressed with this lens with its vibration control to a claimed 4 stops; its zoom range from 200 to 500mm, and very good sharpness even wide open at f5.6; closest focus to 7 1/2 feet; all these at an unbelievable low price of about US $1400. The only downside is its weight at 2.3 kg (5 lbs). Incidentally this photo was shot at f5.6 @ 1/500 sec, ISO 200 handheld approx 15 feet away. I was told it is a very good field lens for birds and the occasional wild flowers/orchids on trees/mushrooms and small animals. I have no time to field test yet as it has been raining this whole week.
That is a really nice Cattleya!!
Extremely beautiful photo Cattan so clear the markings worth to have the new device. Bravo.
Epilaeliocattleya (Eplc.) Mae Bly is an old friend, and yes, it is Cattleychea (Ctyh.) Mae Bly now. I never owned one, but it was on the short list when I selected my first orchids from a mail order catalog in 1975, and it was one of the first hybrids I looked up the whole family tree for in the old printed Sanders Registry.
One parent is Prosthechea (Euchile, Encyclia, Epidendrum) mariae. This one looks even more like the C. granulosa grandparent than most. I like the speckles here, most don't have them, and that is where they come from. Mae Bly is more often a plain green with fuller purple or purple/white lip, and sometimes splash petals.
The rest of the family tree is mostly typical floofy Laeliocattleya breeding from C. mossiae, C. (L.) purpurata, C. dowiana and C. warsewiczii, with a less common dash of C. (L.) xanthina.
Beautiful Yew Sung, I told you I thought you were going to enjoy this new lens, well done!!
Again a big 'Thank You' for the genealogy of Mae Bly. Sometimes I do wish they have a Mac version of Orwiz.
Between Epilaeliocattleya and Cattleychea it was Sophroprosleya for a while. I'm relieved that didn't last long.
Last edited by PaphMadMan; August 27th, 2016 at 07:49 PM.
Beautiful cattleya and great shot. The new toy seems like it'll be a lot of fun! Handheld at 5lbs. plus body, that'll be a workout!
Beautiful, elegant catt. Like you I love taking pictures of flowers. Your picture is super!!
Beautiful Hybrid and very nice images. Thanks Kirk for the details behind this plant