A mysterious dark alpine flower

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A mysterious dark alpine flower
November 26, 2011 Johan Peijnenburg
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Close-up of a mysterious alpine dark brown  flower (Johan Peijnenburg)
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 alpine 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 alpine flower it is!

Comments (79)

  1. Chris Bornstein 8 years ago

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

  2. Peter de Rooij 8 years ago

    Cool, nice shot, and no idea.

  3. Sharaf f 8 years ago

    the blend of background is fabulous

  4. Joanna Pechmann 8 years ago

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

  5. Author

    Thanks Sharaf !
    @Joanna: thanks! It is definitely different, but I like that 🙂

  6. Merche Lázaro 8 years ago

    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 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Merche! That could well be correct. I never knew the fruits of that flower family look like this!

  7. Joel Tjintjelaar 8 years ago

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

    • Author

      Thanks Joel! Been in foggy NL last week. Didn’t have the time …

      • Joel Tjintjelaar 8 years ago

        I hope you’ve had the time to shoot some great fog photos…

        • Author

          Made the mistake to fill up my agenda too much whilst I was there. The camera didn’t leave the bag. I had penciled in checking out the Zeeland brug after seing your photo of it as well as Kinderdijk … there is always a next time 🙂

  8. John Dusseault 8 years ago

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

  9. Todd Sisson 8 years ago

    Very nice – the swiss-army knife strikes again 😉

  10. Author

    @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. Johan Swanepoel 8 years ago

    Lovely Johan – it looks like small black mussels 🙂

  13. Kerry Murphy 8 years ago

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

    • Author

      don’t think they are petals. These apparently are the fruits of a flower called ranunculaceae … Learned something today 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

      • Kerry Murphy 8 years ago

        Ah, it looks sort of pinecone like, Johan? Was it dry?

        • Author

          Not dry at all. That was what surprised me and made me wonder Kerry 🙂

          • Kerry Murphy 8 years ago

            Wow! Very cool. The wonders of nature! 🙂

  14. Gittan Beheydt 8 years ago

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

  15. David Herreman 8 years ago

    strange flower 🙂

  16. Sumit Sen 8 years ago

    Lovely shot Johan! a very interesting looking bloom.

  17. Athena Carey 8 years ago

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

  18. 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 🙂

  19. Beautiful! I need a dedicated macro lens!

  20. Author

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

  21. dene' miles 8 years ago

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

    • Author

      Thanks a bunch Dene’ 🙂 … and I’m afraid you’ll have to check back again for a 3rd time in an hour or so …

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

  23. Roger Albani 8 years ago

    Sehr schönes Macro Johan

  24. Kelli Seeger Kim 8 years ago

    I love the layers upon layers!

  25. Jessy Eykendorp 8 years ago

    Lovely close up!

  26. Mikko Tyllinen 8 years ago


  27. Lisa RedWillow 8 years ago

    Beauty. Love the color.

  28. Terrill Welch 8 years ago

    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.

    • Author

      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!

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

    • Author

      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?

        • Author

          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…

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 8 years ago

            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!

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 8 years ago

            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!

  30. Tim Souza 8 years ago

    Nice macro 🙂

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

  32. shane holsclaw 8 years ago

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

  33. Charles Lupica 8 years ago

    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.

    • Charles Lupica 8 years ago

      Flora Helvetia is the definitive guide to Swiss plants. It’s pretty expensive and difficult to use but, if it grows in Switzerland, it’s probably in the book (or on the CD)

      • Author

        I have a book with most of the basic stuf and when I can’t find it I usually hunt the internet …. or ask a question here 🙂
        Re the macro lens: I never use the macro lens for other stuff. I just don’t like how the images look when used for for instance landscapes. Not sure what it is though …

        • Author
          Johan 8 years ago

          Forgot to mention: you should trade in that old Nikon gear when shop for that new lens. I traded in a D80 with a couple of lenses for a new 24mm lens last year.

          • Charles Lupica 8 years ago

            do you have any details of where I can find that kind of a deal. I might be interested in doing that. I also have 4 Nikon analog bodies. :-))

          • Author
            Johan Peijnenburg 8 years ago

            PhotoVision Charles … they will buy the stuff 🙂

  34. Rumiana Nikolova 8 years ago

    Very interesting photo..I like it Johan!

  35. Paul van Loo 8 years ago

    Beautiful macro shot Johan ! Mooi :)

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