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The Hairy Hungarian Pasque Flower

The Hairy Hungarian Pasque Flower
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-29
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4600
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Purple Obsession 1, Flower(pink)III, Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-28 10:23
Viewed: 7551
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pulsatilla grandis,
Hungarian Pasque Flower, taken near Vienna.

Pulsatilla grandis (Anemone grandis)

D – Grosse Kuhschelle
E - Hungarian Pasque Flower

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Pulsatilla

15 to 30 cm in height, the flower as shown measures approximately 50mm in diameter.

Pulsatilla grandis is one of the showy spring flowers that can sometimes be seen in abundance on dry limestone grassland hills with Pannonian (Hungarian grassland) vegetation to the south and the east of Vienna. The species can be found in uncultivated grassland only. The pretty and surprisingly large flowers with single blossoms are very much dependant of getting lots of light. They disappear at once if other herbs are taking over after any kind of fertilization.
The flowers appear in March and April. The plant is perennial. The dense hairs on petals and stem are a perfect protection both against cold night time temperatures and dry and windy conditions at daytime. The species is endangered, and severly protected.

Pulsatilla - Pasque flowers are deciduous perennials that are found in short clumps in meadows and prairies of North America and Eurasia. In its tallgrass prairie habitat, it is one of the first plants to bloom in the spring, often before the late winter snows have thawed. (Wikipedia)

As stated a few days ago, winter has been unusually long and cold. This year, we have a very late Spring in Central Europe. The last years we have seen Pulsatilla grandis in blossom near Vienna from late February into April. This year, I checked a most reliable grassland spot on Moedliger Eichkogel last Sunday, 26 March 2006 : Nothing to be seen yet.

The year of 2005 must have been strange, too, in another way: The above pictured spring flower was taken in the warm and dry October of 2005!

Pulsatilla grandis is definitely not an autumn flower, in our country only to be observed in Spring - under “normal” conditions. The very unexpected picture was taken in dry grassland near Seewiese, Föhrenberge, Perchtoldsdorf, Lower Austria, 600 meters above sea level, a few kilometres to the south of Vienna, on October 29, 2005.

Long walk, unexpected encounter: Pocket Camera.
Nikon CoolPix 4600E, sRGB, 17mm, F/8.2, 1/72 sec., ISO-50, 29.10.2005, 13:44.

Thank you for looking. Have a very good day of Spring.

ALIRIZA, marhowie, thistle, wuta, phlr, wallhalla15, dew77, SkyF, jmp, emmari, fiyo, livios, scottevers7, cedryk, saguzar, marjan, smirnese, vrvijai, Luc, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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To Miss_Piggy: ... "purple obsession."peter_stoeckl 1 02-10 06:24
To Remig: photo infopeter_stoeckl 1 04-04 13:34
To emmari: wonderful flowerpeter_stoeckl 1 03-28 16:33
To wishnugaruda: Krokus rausgeschmissenpeter_stoeckl 1 03-28 15:20
To sw2001: Kuhschellepeter_stoeckl 2 03-28 12:25
To goutham_ramesh: humans change the atmospherepeter_stoeckl 1 03-28 11:06
To goutham_ramesh: humans change the atomspherepeter_stoeckl 1 03-28 10:52
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Hi Peter ,
Congratulations...Marvelous and colorful shot. Good details, nice colors, POV, sharpness, composition and framing are magnificent.TFS...
Ali Rıza

Hi Peter,
So what's the big hairy deal here? ;-}
You have very nice color and detail, a great POV.
That's the benefit of the pocket camera. It goes anywhere, all the time. Don't know how many photo opportunities have passed me by, simply because I was without camera..
Well done!

Hi Peter,

very good picture and POV, regarding the time of Bloom in 2005, we humans can change the atomsphere to such an extent event we can trick nature, but we will get it back!!!
Superb Shot, colors are excellent!
Goutham R

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-28 10:44]

Hi Peter,
What a strange looking flower. I have never seen anything like that before. I like the backlit POV that makes the petals almost translucent, Excellent sharpness and beautiful colors. TFS. : )

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  • sw2001 (26)
  • [2006-03-28 10:57]
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Hallo Peter,

meine ganze Zeit in Oesterreich habe ich keine Kuhschelle zu Gesicht bekommen und habe sie nur aus Naturfuehrern her gekannt. Wo hast denn die gesehen? Deine hier ist ein ganz besonders praechtiges Exemplar und ein grossartiges Photo!
Gruss aus Kanada

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-03-28 11:09]

Hi peter,

A nice shot of this flower,I never would have thought of the existance of hairy flowers (except some cactus),Like the composition and the colors
well done


ps The spring unfortunatly not yet arrived overhere

Hello Peter,
Lovely shot! The colours are great here and I like the POV too.
It's very interesting that you took this picture in October. I've never seen this flowers blooming in Autumn, but I saw quite many wood anemones doing that. These are typically Spring flowers, but very often single plants can be found blooming in Autumn. I wonder if it's because of the climatic changes or maybe this was always natural. We can't really know that.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-03-28 12:19]

Hello Peter , I'ts a beautiful flower ,never sien dis
before , beauty colours ,good shot ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

Great shot! I like the backlight, the colour, the fantastic details.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-28 13:11]

It's a beauty indeed Peter!
Wonderful colours!
Vert good DOF!
Very good POV to the inside of the flower!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-28 13:49]

Hello Peter!
Wonderful close up.Well seen and composed.POV,lighting,details,
sharpness,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-03-28 13:56]

Hallo Peter,
eine tolle Bluete die du uns hier vorstellst. Klasse nahaufnahme mit herrlichen Details und super scharf. Klasse wie schoen die leuchted. Habe letztes Jahr Pasque flowers im garten gepflanzt und bin schon gespannt wie die bluehen, ich hodffe dass es solche Schoenheiten wie diese werden.

Hallo Peter,
noch ein toller Frühlingsbote! Wunderbares Portrait dieses Hahnenfußgewächses. Sehr interessante Pflanze! -
Dein Fotos ist tadellos, sehr gute Schärfe und phantastische Farben.
Ich wünsche Dir noch einen schönen Abend.

Hallo Peter,
wow - ich habe als Kind mal den Namen dieser tollen Blume gehört, aber leider habe ich noch nie so was gesehen. Schon gestern hat ein Mitglied hier ja diese Blume gezeigt - ich bin einfach hin und weg, sooooo toll. Sie hat sich für die kühlen Frühlingsnächte noch gut eingepackt, sieht aus wie ein Fellmantel rings herum ;-) Und die tolle Farbe, genial!
Ich hatte heute das gleiche Pech mit meinen Krokussen wie Du vor kurzem mit den Tulpen - man wollte diese kultivierte Pflanze nicht - Adam hat sie rausgeschmissen, heul ;-(
Egal, vielen Dank für diesen Augenschmaus, herzliche Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-03-28 15:13]

Hi Peter,
Very spectacular flower very well captured.
TFS and to take your camera with you.
José M.

Hi Peter
I have no word to describe these wonderful flower and picture...

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-03-28 18:37]

Hi Peter
Marvelous and colorful shot.Good details,colors,POV,DOF,sharpness and composition.
Well done

Hello Peter,
Very nice macro and good details. Good shot. TFS
Mehmet Hamurkaroglu

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-28 20:01]
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Hi Peter
Ouch, I mean WOW. What a pleasure to see this beautiful purple flower, so magnificently captured, with a pocket special! I just love the little anemone it has in the centre.
I've never seen this hairy fairy before. The colours are stunning and the DOF is great. Being a grassland plant it is understandable why the BG are a little busy, but it is darkish and somewhat OOF so it is not distracting at all.
Very well done and TFS.

Hi Peter,
Great colors with wonderful dof. Strange flower that I've never seen.
Best regards,

Exotic flower well captured.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-03-29 14:31]

Excellent macro Peter,
lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

Superbe qualité de prise de vue...et la fleur par elle même est superbe..bravo Peter

Superb quality of catch of sight... and the flower by it even is superbe..bravo Peter

amicalement Jean-marie

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-03-29 22:23]

Peter, this is very beautiful.

I do enjoy colors and sharpness.

A lovely image.

Well done.

Hi Peter,
This is an excellent shot on this wild flower. Very beautiful saturated colors. The detail is superb! The nice sunlight has highlighted the edges beautifully. Great informative notes.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-03-31 22:32]

Hi Peter,
Very beautiful flower, and nicely captured with excellent lighting, perfect exposure and great colours.
Very well done and thanks for sharing!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-04-01 16:08]

Hello Peter,
Amazing flower which I know very well. There's a great impression of a flower emerging from a silver lace here.
Best greetings,

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  • hbmoe (29)
  • [2006-04-02 7:17]

Hallo Peter,
Ein tolles Foto von einer wunderschönen Blume, die Schärfe stimmt und auch die Farben sind top.
Vielen Dank
Ausserdem ist der Kommentar Spitze.

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  • Remig Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 16] (133)
  • [2006-04-04 12:29]
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very interesting photo. I didnt know a flower like that existed. Good DOF and color. A little off on focus but otherwise excellent. Couldnt see the photo info for speed and aperture so i cant say which was the cause.

Hi Peter,
marvelous flower! Very nice. You had captured amaizing colours and details. A good job, really.

Hi Peter, wonderful flower. Strange that I missed this photo. It is something special. Excelent notice about it.

Hallo Peter
This is absolutely beautiful. Stunning presentation. I have added this one to my theme. "My purple obsession." Thanks for sharing this beauty with us but with me in particular. The shiny gloss on the outside of the lavender petals and the fine hair that shine in the light is spectacular. A stunning close-up, with sharp details. This one is worth a round of applause. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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