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Beautiful Water Hyacinth

Beautiful Water Hyacinth
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-07
Categories: Water Plants
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things III, My purple obsession 5, Anna's Favourites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-01 0:51
Viewed: 4280
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The seven species of water hyacinth comprise the genus Eichhornia. Water hyacinth are a free-floating perennial aquatic plant native to tropical and sub-tropical South America. With broad, thick, glossy, ovate leaves, water hyacinth may rise above the surface of the water as much as 1 meter in height. The leaves are 10–20 cm across, and float above the water surface. They have long, spongy and bulbous stalks. The feathery, freely hanging roots are purple-black. An erect stalk supports a single spike of 8-15 conspicuously attractive flowers, mostly lavender to pink in colour with six petals. When not in bloom, water hyacinth may be mistaken for frog's-bit (Limnobium spongia).

One of the fastest growing plants known, water hyacinth reproduces primarily by way of runners or stolons, which eventually form daughter plants. It also produces large quantities of seeds, and these are viable up to thirty years. The common water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) are vigorous growers known to double their population in two weeks.

In Assamese they are known as Meteka. In Sinhala they are known as Japan Jabara due to their use in World War II to fool Japanese pilots into thinking lakes were fields usable to land their aircraft, leading to crashes. In Burmese they are known as Baydar.

In Southern Pakistan, they are the provincial flower of Sindh.

Water hyacinth has been widely introduced throughout North America, Asia, Australia and Africa. They can be found in large water areas such as Louisiana, or in the Kerala Backwaters in India. In many areas it, particularly E. crassipes, is an important and pernicious invasive species. First introduced to North America in 1884, an estimated 50 kilograms per square metre of hyacinth once choked Florida's waterways, although the problem there has since been mitigated. When not controlled, water hyacinth will cover lakes and ponds entirely; this dramatically impacts water flow, blocks sunlight from reaching native aquatic plants, and starves the water of oxygen, often killing fish (or turtles). The plants also create a prime habitat for mosquitos, the classic vectors of disease, and a species of snail known to host a parasitic flatworm which causes schistosomiasis (snail fever). Directly blamed for starving subsistence farmers in Papua New Guinea, water hyacinth remains a major problem where effective control programs are not in place. Water hyacinth is often problematic in man-made ponds if uncontrolled, but can also provide a food source for gold fish, keep water clean and help to provide oxygen to man-made ponds.

Water hyacinth often invades bodies of water that have been impacted by human activities. For example, the plants can unbalance natural lifecycles in artificial reservoirs or in eutrophied lakes that receive large amounts of nutrients.

Ref: wikipedia

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Hi Foozi,
beautiful flowers to see on the New Years Day (Happy New Year!). Great sharpness and amazing colours. Also interesting note.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Foozi,

here an few hours new year, so i wish you and youe family an happy and healthy new year.
Good sharp image with lots of details and nice bg.
Fine colors.


Ciao Foozi, splendid light on wonderful flower, beautiful natural colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, Happy New Year 2011 to you and your family, ciao Silvio

What a absolute joy to look at such a delighful image on this 1st day of the new year. You have really bowled me over with this one as it has such pleasant features, warming colours and a certain glow that goes with it. This is just what the doctor ordered for me for today. This image has such a lot of flair and lively sparkle to it. I like it very, very much, it is almost like make belief. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Foozi,
Outstanding composition with excellent sharpness and razor sharp
Exceptional exposure, light and POV.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-01-01 1:10]

Hello Foozi,
A nice celebration to start the new year. Beautiful photo of this flower in splendid light and colours. Great sharpness and details. Good DOF and OOF BG.

Hi Foozi,
Outstanding photo of the water hyacinth; amazing colours, perfect sharpness, adequate DOF and very pleasant BG. Best wishes for a fruitful new year, Pambos

Indeed beautiful! Yiannis

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-01-01 3:41]

Lovely flower captured well with fine colors and I like the shinning texture here. tfs.

Hallo Foozi,
a very beautiful picture of this water hyacinth, bright colours and superb sharpness in a nice composition
Best regards

Very beautiful capture with a nice back ground.
May I request you to go this site?
Happy New Year.
Samiran Nandy

Hi Foozi
Impressive photo. The composition, the colours, the BG and the sharpness are excellent.
My best wishes for a HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR.

hello Foozi

beautifully composed photo of this water plant flower,
with fine POV, great focus sharpness and details,
and very beautiful luminosity, TFS


Good lesson and also my favorite colour I have seen these in person and this is a super representation. Have a safe New Years....oh yes and a prosperous one.

Hello Foozi
your first post in 2011 is superb, his flower is a great beauty, the delicate colors and the excellent sharpness are great values of this shot
very well done
Happy New Year for you and your family

hello Foozi
great shot with good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-01-01 13:36]

Hi Foozi,very impressive beauty,your title is right! I never seen this specie and i'm crazy for this water hyacinth,what a design of flower too! My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Ciao Foozi. Impressive DOF and intrigant colours. Amaning lightning compo.


Hi Foozi again,
Another beautiful blue / purple flower in front of your lens... and the result is another excellent photo! Perfectly taken focus, many details, fantastic DoF. The usage of flash was also brilliant (not only the choice but the way how you've done it). Magic shot. Bravo again MF!
Tfs, friendly regards, László

Hi MF Foozi,

Stunning macro work! Love the POV and DOF you've chosen. A crystal clear, flawless and alpha quality image indeed. I also like the balanced lighting, composition and natural colours.
TFS and have a nice week/new year my friend!


Salam Foozi.
You have managed a decent closeness to this delicate flowers. I hope your feet were still dry when you made this shot. The petals are like sating and lighting is perfect on this first class macro.
Kind regards - Jusni

Hi Foozi,

The blurry background is putting in evidence the flower. The macro point of view is showing the details and colors of the water hyacinth. The afdternoon light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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