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Iris pumila.

Iris pumila.
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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: 2007-04-03
Categories: Savannah
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Irises, Iris in the world II, Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-22 12:30
Viewed: 7377
Points: 28
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Iris pumila.
Pannonian Spring II.

Iris pumila L.

Dwarf Iris
Касатик (Ирис) карликовый

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Genus: Iris

Eichkogel near Moedling to the south of Vienna is a solitary limestone hill surrounded by vinyards, covered with Pannonian grasslands on its plateau and some of its slopes. That place is abundant with plants and animals that otherwise have become very rare. Early in April this year I found Iris pumila on top of the hill in dense groups in full blossom, most blossoms in purple colours, some of them white and yellow.

“Iris is a genus of between 200-300 species of flowering plants with showy flowers which takes its name from the Greek word for a rainbow, referring to the wide variety of flower colours found among the many species."

Unlike most other members of its elegant and tall growing family, Iris pumila has specialized on poor soils of dry grassland locations on rocks and sands, stays close to the ground and grows just 10 to 15 cm in height. Endemic to south eastern Europe, it grows in the wild at a few locations with Pannonian climate of dry and hot summers to the south and the east of Vienna.

D.Aichele, H.W.Schwegler. Die Blütenpflanzen Mitteleuropas, 5 Bde., Stuttgart 2000.

The camera:
SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 6mm wideangle, F/8, 1/400 sec., ISO-125, exposure bias -0.3; mini tripod, no flash, 03.04.2007, 16:03.

Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped to the right, downsized to the web, resharpened, levels slightly adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

P.S.: This year’s early and unusually dry and sunny weather has intensely speeded up the development of vegetation in Central Europe. Many spring flowers like the dwarf iris have faded away within a few days. In the lowlands the soil is as dry as in late summer, and even many herbs growing in the shadow of trees start looking parched. While the North American east coast is suffering from cold and rain, ice and snow, we are faced with summer temperatures and drought since weeks, and no end of that most unusual weather for the time of the year in sight. We are hoping for rain to come soon.

ramthakur, Alex99, XOTAELE, Juyona, Adanac, anel, SkyF, JoseMiguel, dew77, Shoot_Score has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To ramthakur: - with my own eyes.peter_stoeckl 1 05-06 10:33
To JoseMiguel: - flowers plus the landscapepeter_stoeckl 1 05-06 08:54
To goutham_ramesh: - depicts where this growspeter_stoeckl 1 04-27 17:54
To jmp: - nice iris.peter_stoeckl 1 04-22 12:44
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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-22 12:36]
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Hi Peter,
Excellent and brilliant light, great sharpness nice composition and view and -of course- a really nice iris.
TFS and have a good afternoon.
José Miguel

Hi Peter

A beautifully crisp pic.


Goodness, Peter, this picture is so real it gives the impression I am seeing these flowers with my own eyes!
A simple but extremely beautiful composition with those lovely Iris flowers.
Reading your post-script makes me worried.
These are the forebodings of difficult times ahead for all of us on the earth.

Nice shot Peter showing the landscape with the flowers as subject is a difficult shot to do but did well with this maybe a little too many stalks lower down tfs rgds Necip.

great portrait, TFS Ori

Hola Peter.
Preciosas flores, con un color excepcional.
Buen fondo que enseña un paisaje rural delimitado por tierras de cultivo.
Bella composición amigo.
Hasta pronto, JL.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-22 17:34]

Hola Peter,
precios pov y dof,
buen disparo y genial paisaje,
excelente composición...

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-22 23:40]

Hello Peter,
Superb composition with an excellent low point of view allowing us to see the area this beautiful flower is growing in which is only possible due to the great depth of field. Your colors and details are wonderful with the back lighting, excellent job Peter.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-04-23 3:35]

Hallo Peter,
Dein schön gestaltetes Bild, mit den kleinen Iris im Vordergrund auf einem Hügel , den Blick auf die dahinter gelegenen Ebene führend,ist sehr anspruchsvoll.Schönes Licht auf den Blumen.
Auch hier ist die Vegetation sehr fortgeschritten, viele Schmetterlinge auch. Bin mir aber nicht sicher, dass dies nur Gutes verspricht.
Liebe Grüsse

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-23 4:00]

Hi Peter.
You have shared photo of my favorite style. I love the image of some beauty(ies) at BG in form of perfect detailed and pictorial landscape. Bravo, my dear friend for pleasure to see this beauty. Amazing flowers and perfect (as usual) reproduction of colours, lights, smallest details and even scent (scent of spring). My compliments and TFS.

Hi peter,
As far i know, this color is very difficult to reproduce in my D50 without tweaking the white balance, you have done very well to get this natural colors. The POV which depicts where this grows is superb!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-28 11:03]

Hallo Peter,
eine sehr schoene Aufnahme, die Blueten strahlen Licht und Farbe aus. Prima Perspektive, man bekommt eine schoenen Blick ins Tal gleich mitgeliefert.

Hi Peter,
I like very much this presentation, of the flowers plus the landscape!
It's very good the illumination there, and the POV works great for this composition.
I like the vivid colour got on the iris and the subtle texture seen on it.
I'm glad to have this view of the Vienna's south.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-15 4:20]

Hello Peter,
Very nice flowers.Well caught,framed and composed.I think Martina is very lucky:).Have a great day!

Hallo Peter,

Posted on April 22nd eh! Well perhaps a good occassion to commemorate:
""1945 April 22 Himmler sends a message to Allies through the Red Cross offering a German surrender, but only to the British or Americans.""

I guess Herr Himmler wanted nothing to do with Canadians???

Anyway, beautiful colours in these dwarf irises, esp. with the light shining thru... Symbolic of the event I cited. Fresh flowers over a valley that is still in the fog. And iris, i.e. "rainbow", a symbol of eternal hope. Tfs, Jay

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