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Pussy Willow

Pussy Willow
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-24
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Canon EF-S 18-55, Close-up +1
Exposure: f/inf, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 12:55
Viewed: 3812
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Salix caprea (Goat Willow, Pussy Willow or Great Sallow), is a common species of willow native to Europe and western and central Asia.

It is a deciduous shrub or small tree, reaching a height of 6-12 m, rarely to 20 m. The leaves are 3-12 cm long and from 2-8 cm wide, broader than most other willows. The flowers are soft silky, silvery 3-7 cm long catkins, produced in early spring before the new leaves appear; the male and female catkins are on different plants (dioecious). The male catkins mature yellow at pollen release, the female catkins maturing pale green. The fruit is a small capsule 5-10 mm long containing numerous minute seeds embedded in fine cottony hairs. The seeds are very small (about 0.2 mm) with the fine hairs aiding dispersal; they require bare soil to germinate.
Le saule Marsault (Salix caprea) est un arbuste courant, originaire d’Europe et d’Asie. Sa hauteur est de 6 à 12 m, rarement 20 m. Ses feuilles de 3 à 12 cm, sont soyeuses. Il porte des chatons argentés de 3 à 7 cm, au début du printemps avant les nouvelles feuilles. C’est une plante dioïque, donc les chatons mâles et les chatons femelles apparaîssent sur des arbustes distincts. Ce sont les sujets mâles dont nous admirons les chatons jaunes au printemps.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-28 12:59]

Hi Catherine i tried to get some last week end but it was not out so maybe this week. i like the warm colours and detail you have captured with this picture. well done TFS.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-28 13:06]

Hi Catherine,

I like the soft focus effect in this photo. The colors are n bit surrealistic and very subtile. I like your style of making macroshots.TFS.


I also really like the focus effect and the level of DOF. It has a softness about it.

Nice photo!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-28 15:42]

Salut Catherine,j'aime beaucoup la qualite' de cette photo et la maniere "soft" de montrer ce salix,excellent travail,merci de partager et bonne journee',Luciano

Bellos colores, detalles y luz. Los tonos son atractivos y los detalles de la flor encantadores y realistas.
Saludos Catherine: J. Ignasi

Hello catherine,
WOW! that's a beautiful macro,fantatsic sharpness and depth of field, superb natural colors, lovely light and excellent details.

Hi Catherine,
Beautiful picture. TFS.
- Nirmal

Nice composition. The tip seems disappearing towards the BG. Well done.
Best regards,

Hi Catherine! A macro very beautiful, light and color are very gentle elegance to the picture, well done!! TFS. Carme.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-02-29 4:51]

Bonjour Catherine,
Très belle photo artistique de ce chaton de saule. Beau focus et arriere plan flou.. j'aime particulierement les details jaunes qui baignent dans la lumiere douce.
Joli travil et merci pour le partage.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-02 11:46]

Hi Catherine
This is very nice image
very good sharp
well done.

Hello Catherine
Very nice macro of the catkins and warm colors.
TFS Oana

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-03-15 1:13]

Bonjour Catherine, j'aime bien cette photo de Saule Marsault, il s'en dégage une douce lumière avec une belle harmonie de teintes. Félicitations, Didier.

I really like the way you've captured this, you have chosen a great composition, and the colours and details are beautiful, very nicely captured!


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