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Beauty of the sand

Beauty of the sand
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Copyright: Horia Scubli (horias) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-16
Categories: Desert
Camera: Nikon D700, AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 G
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-25 1:45
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Androcymbium wyssianum

Androcymbium is a genus in the Colchicaceae family found in Africa and the Mediterranean. The common names for species in the genus are cup-and-saucer and men-in-a-boat. There are about 40 species and 13 of them are in the Cape Floral province. Recent taxonomic changes by Manning, Forest & Vinnersten (2007) suggest that Androcymbium be included in Colchicum. However, inclusion of Androcymbium into the already large genus Colchicum is made for "practical" reasons. The author state that there were no morphological characters that separated certain groups of Androcymbium found by molecular evidence. We await a full revision of the genus Androcymbium and until such a revision occurs, we will keep the genus Androcymbium separated from Colchicum based on their morphological classification.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-25 1:48]
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Cracin fericit si sarbatori fericite !!!!
In plina febra de sarbatori si pe timpul asta de afara .... ne oferi o sansa sa ne incalzim privind imaginea ta.
Cele mai bune urari si ginduri din Germania,

Ciao Horia, lovely composition with beautiful flower, wonderful sharpness and splendid details, very well done my friend, Merry Christmas to you and your family, ciao Silvio

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  • fragman Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3030 W: 11 N: 2351] (43776)
  • [2009-12-25 2:20]
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nice to see this species for the first time, TFS Ori

Soooo beautiful, Horia, it's fascinating that such a wonderful flower can grow in the sand - without water and in the hot sun ... beautiful.
And there's a little fly as a bonus inside, lovely.
Thanks and enjoy the Christmas-time
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Horia,
A wonderful desert flower, and you've captured it with great details and wonderful soft light. You can really see that this is a delicate but strong flower.

Hello Horia,
This is wonderful photo, sharp and crisp.The red sandy alluvial soil beautifies the flowers and add freshness to scene. The flowers are wondrous and your note, invaluable.Seems like a plant of semi-desert region...thanks for sharing...wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new 2010....take care...(yes, thanks for your support)..warmest regards/Abid

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-25 3:35]
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Hello Horia,
Very beautiful photo of this flower. Indeed a beauty in the sand. Wonderful that such can grow in the desert. The contrast of the flower against the sand is splendid. Good sharpness and details.
Happy Days,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-25 3:42]
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Hello Horia.
What a lovely and interesting flower that you have very well captured .The centered composition works well here. Colors, exposure and sharpness are very good. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-12-25 4:15]
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Hello Horia,
Very interesting compound the beautiful white flower on sand.
Regards, Pawel

Dear Horia
Your describe the missing links between disjunct populations of Androcymbium (Colchicaceae) in Africa very aptly.

I have never been to Morocco and - I believe - there is still a lot of the history of this country to be studied; and so is also the flora and fauna.

The nearly square layout of your photo is unusual and interesting - the geometry eased by the single long leave pointing towards 9 o'clock.

I am glad you did not sharpen the image but kept the natural, mellow light of the desert.

The plant is perfectly captured and presented.

Best Wishes

Buna Horia
O, ai lasat insectele pentru a ne prezenta o extraordinara planta, dintre nisipurile marocane. TFS!
Numai bine,
Inca o data, Craciun fericit alaturi de cei dragi!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-12-25 12:22]
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Lovely species indeed. Excellent shot, too.

We have another species here, C palaestinum, which blooms in Jan Feb..

Best regtards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15609] (65297)
  • [2009-12-25 12:47]

Hi Horia,you was lucky to meet this wonderful fresh beauty in your moroccan trip!Beautiful composition,and the best quality of sharpness and colors.My best compliments for the identification too.Have a nice time and thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Horia,

Awesome macro capture of this desert beauty from fine POV with delightfull composition.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-25 21:13]

Hello Horia, and Merry Christmas,
You post a gorgeous flowering plant showing wonderful detail and color. The composition is great and the exposure is perfect. Looks like you even managed to capture a small fly-like insect as well!! Super work!!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-26 0:03]

Hi Horia,
Beautiful capture.Well seen and composed.Details,lighting and colors are wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-26 3:26]

Hi Horia.
What an attractive subject: alive and very beautiful flowers among the dead but so impressive sands. Wide DOF is great. You managed to show all features and beauties of the flowers perfectly. Lights and shadows as well as bright colours are also superb and surroundings strengthen the esthetic impression. Well done and TFS. A Happy Holiday Season.

Ciao Horia. Magnificent light's management and indeed perfect DOF. Excellent detials too and bright colours.


Hello Horia,
Stunning shot of this beautiful wild flower.
Great details, colours and lighting.
TFS and regards,

A beautiful specimen in soft contours and colours Horia, captured nicely against the contrasty harsh clayey soil in perfect focus and exposure. TFS indeed my friend.

hello Horia

excellent photography of this beautiful flower and with as background
the desert sand showing us that in the Nature everywhere there is life,



Hallo Horia,

what an good presentation from this flower with good pov and details.
fine colours.


Bonjour Horia
Quelle belle découverte cette plante fleurie dans le sable.
Les teintes sont bien naturelles. Merci
à bientôt

Hello Horia,
Fantastic capture, with fine colors and details. You discover it before the goats! You made a very succesful trip in Morocco! Best regards,

Salut Horia.
Extraordinar ce minunatii pot sa creasca in nisipul desertului.Nici nu te astepti.
Si daca mai sunt si bine fotografiate...
O zi frumoasa.Alin.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-12-31 18:55]

Hi Horia,
beautifully captured in excellent composition. the sand gives agood contrast and the flowers are sharp. Beautifully features in good natural condition and use of good light.
Well presented shot. Very special and unique subject too.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-01 4:55]

Hello Horia,
A very fine Colchicacea growing out of the reddish sand. Very nice to mention the funny common-names. Interesting posting showing a plant we don't see often on the site.
Thanks and all my best wishes to you and Mariana for a Happy New Year
Kind regards

Bonjour Horia,
Belle publication valorisant bien le sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Splendide image!
Un autre point commun? mais je reviens du Maroc Cette image me touche beaucoup...
Une once de douceur au cœur d'un univers rude.
vraiment félicitations
Photographiquement amies

Hello Horia,

This a beautiful, unusual plant, and a very attractive image of it with excellent exposure, as well as being very sharp. The plant looks like something that should be growing in a much less arid environment, as many desert plants seem to be. And your note is very informative too!


Hi Horia
What a beautiful little flower you captured growing in the sand. I'm always amazed where flowers can grow and bloom. The lighting is at a nice angle, which shows off the shape an colour so well. A very nice portrait.
TFS Janice

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