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Sun Star

Sun Star
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-07
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1, Sony G lens 20x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 1000
Exposure: f/4, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-10 9:16
Viewed: 3399
Points: 60
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Sun Star / Ornithogalum dubium

During our October holiday to the Cape Province, we saw and photographed many different types of beautiful flowers in all shapes, sizes and most of all magnificent colours. If I could, I would have shared some of these beauties with you from the start, but to identify it correctly proves to be a daunting task. We purchased numerous books and guides to assist with this identification process and still there are many more that we cannot identify at this stage. This will go on for months to come.

I took this photo in the Bontebok National Park where we were allowed to get out of the vehicle. I enjoyed that very much, because I could get close to many of the plants and flowers still in bloom, and once my eye caught one flower, it could not resist to see another one and another and another. It was an absolute feast to be amongst such a lot of colour and splendour and to be fortunate to capture them.

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Ornithogalum
Species: dubium

Ornithogalum dubium also known as Sun Star, is a long blooming plant with beautiful large flowers, yellow to orange or rarely white. This species is found on mountains and flats over a broad area in the Cape Province of South Africa. Often only one or two of four bulbs will appear. The bulbs still look healthy if you dump them out, but they don't always choose to grow. Flowering time can be late winter until early spring. Seeds are extremely tiny and dust-like.

Bulbous perennial, 10-50cm, the outer bulb tunics dark black, with spreading, oblong leaves with finely fringed margins, sometimes dry at flowering, and a rounded raceme of glossy white, yellow or orange flowers, often with a green or brown centre, 15-25mm in diameter, inner stamen filaments sometimes winged at the base, and the style sometimes very short.

Afrikaans name: Geeltjienk

Taken from: Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa by John Manning, but also various bits and pieces from several Internet sites.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

Mamagolo2, Marco2010, cobra112, lousat, drchoneydew, jcoowanitwong, PaulLees, Pitoncle, pegos, ferranjlloret, loot, tuslaw, jurek1951, uleko has marked this note useful
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Excellent photo, the flowers really stand out from the background. Perfectly focused from a good point of view, with good detail and colour.
Really nicely coloured Ornithogallum, unlike our white ones.
regards yiannis

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-11-10 10:10]

Bonjour Anna, outstanding brightness and perfect framing. Gorgeous macro, this is an other wonderful work from you. Best regards, Didier.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-10 10:23]

Hello Anna,
A photo in splendid colours and great sharpness. The light is gorgeous. Taken from a very good POV in a nice composition. Excellent DOF.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-11-10 10:27]

Hello Anna!
Yes I like your pic here which is as always very sharpe and beautifully presented.
Great control of light and super natural colors.A very charming pic! Many congrats! And thanks for sharing with us!
Regards from,

PS: I have here in my backyard a flower almost like that and I don´t know its ID.I will take a look to know if it is of the same family as the yours.Bye, bye!

Hello Anna,
Great photo with superb sharpness and detail of the Sun Star. Fantastic colour and good DOF. Well done and enjoy the evening.

Hello Anna
YES this is the sun!
so many light give,s this flower
Great sharpness and nice composition with very good sharpness and the beautiful colours make,s the sun
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-10 11:03]

Hello Anna.
What a great way to celebrate it with such a beautiful post.These flowers are awsome! Lovely colors, great POV and sharpness.Well composed too.Best regards Siggi

Hi Anna,
This is one stunning image of the Sun Star with its beautiful bright orange and yellowish colour. I actually bought a book today called Field Guide to Fynbos by John Manning so that I can try and identify all the beautiful flowers you send us on your "Kom ry saam" e-mails. I've been so excited about all the beautiful flowers you photographed. They are stunning like this beautiful Sun Star. Look forward to your next posting.
Thanks for sharing its splendor with us. Have a good evening.

indeed sunny, we grow this species here as well, greetings Ori

Ciao Anna.
Che meraviglia di colori questi fiori, con una eccellente gestione di luce,superba nitidezza,ottima la composizione. Complimenti ciao Marco.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-11-10 11:56]

Hi Anna,
Splendid lights and colors on this beautiful Flower, TFS!

Hello Anna,
Super sharp and superbly beautiful! What great quality! Just such a pleasure to view. Well done and best wishes.

Ciao Anna, lovely trio of beautiful flowers, fantastic light and wonderful bright colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Anna. Great pic here. Superb colours and light. Impressive DOF in the lovely compo.


Hello Anna,
Very beautiful colours for this image taken from a good POV. Excellent sharp details and great OOF BG, too. Well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-10 15:29]

Hi Anna,what a magnificent flowers,it seem to see really the sun inside,great light balance for a very brilliant result in sharpness and colors,excellent point of view too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Anna simply superb!!!1 AND the perfect color for Autumn!!! Looking forward to MORE! gosh their pedals look like candle wax!

Hello Anna,
Lovely flower, eye catching orange color. This is a well composed picture. Your long zoom camera seem to work well with macro photography. Also many thanks on your comment on my picture.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-11-10 22:19]

Hello Anna,
A wonderful capture of this group of striking flowers that contrast so well with the natural BG.
The sharpness, POV, composition, lighting and natural colours are all top notch and combine to give us an´example as to why the SA spring is so famous for its flowers.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hi Anna, Fantastic and well composed image here with awesome sharpness and clarity, just love the triangular composition with the inclusion of the two buds, superb lighting control with lovely natural rich colours, great effort here Anna and very well done,
Best Regards,


Amazing plant and amazing photo Anna! Very good composition and impressive sharpness. The lighting and the colours are fantastic!

Hi Anna,

Bonjour Anna,
Très belle composition et excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier, sous une belle lumière, la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-11-11 12:06]

This image is splendid, Anna!
Fantastic sharpness and fine detail, excellent light and very nice colours. Very well done!
Thanks for sharing

Hola Anna,
excellent pict of this amazing species of Ornithogalum, interesting note
TFS & best regards, Ferran

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2011-11-11 23:07]
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Hi Anna

This is an excellent image of the Sun Star with nice sharp details. You dealt well
with the bright sun light and I like the natural colours. The Cape surely has some
lovely flowers and I know you're still going to show us same fabulous images from
our recent trip. So this one is probably only an appetiser for what's yet to come. It
was great to see how you enjoyed the Cape and all the opportunities to get lost in
the veld while you found all these amazing little flowers.

What do you think? Should we start planning our next year's holiday in the Cape
again and give the Kruger Park another miss?


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-11-12 10:41]

Hello Anna,
To say these flowers are beautiful would be an understatement. Their rich vivid colors are stunning to view.... and I always thought Africa was mainly browns, blacks and grays. Guess that shows you what shows I watched on TV as a kid. (Tarzan)
You couldn't have framed this shot any better, it is quite attractive to say the least. The blooms are so bright and radiant that they seem to brighten your day jusy viewing them. Can't wait to show these to Rosie when she gets home...she is shopping at the moment..imagine that! Outstanding image!!

Hi Anna,
A very colorfull shot,sharpness and details are perfect,well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-11-14 1:48]

Hello Anna,
A lovely view from above of these gorgeous flowers in stunningly bright colours! It must be wonderful to see them in the wild. Great focus on all and sharp details. They remind me a little of tulips but maybe they're more related to lilies. A beautiful composition!
TFS and besst wishes, Ulla

Gracias por tus amables comentarios aunque no es para tanto hehehe.

Bonito tu trabajo y lleno de vida. Como otras de tus imágenes se ve muy natural y poco manipulada,
en este caso con unas luces y colores desbordantes.
Un abrazo Anna: Josep Ignasi

Wow, very beautiful shot indeed. The color, details and lighting are simply perfect.

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