A mysterious dark flower

Close-up of a mysterious dark braun flower (Johan Peijnenburg)

A mysterious dark braun Summer flower

[ 105mm - f/8.0 - 1/40 - ISO400 ]

When I go for a hike in Summer, I often can’t resist the temptation to pack a macro lens. You never know what you run into and it provides a great alternative for when the light is not ideal for shooting landscapes!

I shot the above flower close-up mid August, when I was hiking along an Alpine meadow near Schönried in the Swiss canton of Bern. To be honest, I don’t have a clue what type of flower it is and in what flowering state it was. It did stand out amongst the neighbouring colored flowers though and I really liked it, so I was happy I brought the macro lens for the hike.

Please do drop me a comment if you know what type of flower it is!

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79 Responses to “A mysterious dark flower”

  1. This is where they get the Zombie Virus…..=]

  2. Cool, nice shot, and no idea.

  3. Sharaf f says:

    the blend of background is fabulous

  4. Unfortunately I can not help you Johan with the name of these flower, but I like the image so unusual and interesting :

  5. Thanks Sharaf !
    @Joanna: thanks! It is definitely different, but I like that :-)

  6. Very nice photo, it seems a ranunculaceae. The fruit is very similar to the Trolllius europaeus. I hope have not cleared the magical halo to the scene :)

  7. It was about time you post something new Johan:) And what a nice shot it is!

  8. I don’t know what this flower is Johan but it’s photograph is exceptional

  9. Very nice – the swiss-army knife strikes again ;-)

  10. @John: Thanks John! Glad you like it.
    @Todd: Lol Todd!!! Wasn’t sure if this image was interesting enough … I did find it intriging every time I ran into it again though :-)

  11. This is beautiful! What an interesting shape and texture.

  12. Lovely Johan – it looks like small black mussels :)

  13. This is fantastic. Great details and I love how the light outlines the petals. At least I think they are petals?

  14. Very fine and textured dark brown flower, great shot !!!

  15. Sumit Sen says:

    Lovely shot Johan! a very interesting looking bloom.

  16. it is of course the famous Swiss Chocolate flower. You should have tasted it Johan! :)

  17. http://plantes-passion.forumactif.fr/t907p15-qui-eleve-cosmos-atrosanguineus
    hello :-)
    elle sent le cacao … ici les pétales ont disparu car la fleur est fanée :-)

  18. Beautiful! I need a dedicated macro lens!

  19. @Emanuele : thank you !
    @Patricia: thanks as well and yes yo do :-) You won’t regret it

  20. Well hello for the second time today :) so nice to see you in two places now, lucky me. This is simply gorgeous my friend :)

  21. Really an original shot. I like it Johan !

  22. Sehr schönes Macro Johan

  23. I love the layers upon layers!

  24. are you sure these are flower petals and not the seed head of a wild chive? It kind of looks like the pods once they have opened and the tiny black seeds have fallen out. Allium schoenoprasum. Wild Onions or Wild Chives. This species grows high in the mountains. http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com/Plant_Families/Liliaceae.htm This plant looks very much like a tame chive and the photograph looks like the seed heads on my tame plant. Just a thought.

    • Hi Terrill: they are indeed seed heads. The question is from which flower. A few flowers have been mentioned already, I like the suggestion of it being a Swiss chocolate flower the best though :-) I know someone who has Allium in their garden. Will have a look next August!

  25. Nice! I like my macro lens most of all lenses….it’s useful also for other things.

    • Thanks! I do too Charlotte. Hard to leave it a t home :-) Which one do you have?

      • I wouldn’t bring it far if I’d have to carry it around, but for short walks it’s ok, it’s my best but heaviest lens. I have the 100 mm one for Canon. And you?

        • I have the 105mm one for Nikon :-) Both cool lenses! You don’t like to cary a lot of gear?

          • Yeah, I’m sure they are! I’d love to try out a Nikon one day to compare the feel of them, I only shot with Canons so far… It should be a similar lens then. Does it focus by shifting stuff interiorly or by expanding? I like that mine doesn’t get larger, that will help for shooting insects without scaring them in the spring/summer. No, I prefere light weight equipment if it goes with me since I walk or go by bike, don’t have a car. Flying with heavy gear seems difficult too… Today I wanted to bring my macro for a walk, but chose the 50 mm instead to challenge myself (I don’t really know how to treat it yet, it doesn’t deliver what I expect, so trying to learn how it functions, not sure if it’s really ok actually, I bought it at the same time as the camera so it’s new), and also since it’s the smallest I have…

          • I haven’t shot with a Canon yet, so maybe we should swap ;-) Mine also only shifts internally and has VR which is pretty handy sometimes. I would love to own a 200mm macro one day as well to be able to get closer without being too close :-)
            I always carry way too many gear on hikes and regret it most of the times. I will have to be smarter about that in the future …
            I have a 50mm as well, but don’t use it for macro stuff mainly because it doesn’t focus close enough. It is nice and small indeed :-)

          • Yeah, we can swap and try if we’re ever on the same place IRL some day. :-)
            Mine doesn’t have VR, that sounds cool!

          • I use a tripod a lot of the times, but the VR comes in handy when I walk my dog and bring my camera with macro lens along for when I run into something interesting. Works quite well!

  26. It looks like a dark chocolate flower. So beautiful Johan

  27. I love macro Johan and I just love this one! nice comp and wonderful tones. such a cool looking flower. : )

  28. I love my Canon 100mm f/2.8 lens on my Canon 5D Mark II. It is one of the finest lenses ever produced by Canon. I like this lens so much that I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, to use it as a walk-around lens. :-)).
    My wife shoots a lot of here “macro” shoots with her Bigma – go figure. My 11 year-old son doesn’t want the bag full of Nikon gear I gave him including an old Nikon D80. He says he wants a Canon so he can use the Bigma. :-))
    Me, I’m like you. I carry too much and I’d like to add a 180mm macro lens to the mix. But first I think I would like to get a Canon 24mm – 70mm f/2.8 L.

  29. Very interesting photo..I like it Johan!

  30. Beautiful macro shot Johan ! Mooi :)

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