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The End of Winter is Near

The End of Winter is Near
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Copyright: Milos Koudelka (mikou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-14
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Mora Close-up 58mm +4
Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-14 8:41
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Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis )
Sněženka podsněžník
(Is plant from tribe Amaryllidaceae. Is endangered species plants CR.)

Common Name: Common snowdrop
Genus: Galanthus
Species: nivalis
Exposure: Partial shade
Hardiness: Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Height: 15cm
Spread: 8cm
Time to divide plants: March to May
Flowering period: February to March

For many gardeners snowdrops herald the end of winter. They are extraordinarily hardy, especially the common species, and can be depended on to flower very early whatever the weather - the colder and gloomier it is, the longer the blooms last, but in a sunny warm season they are comparatively fleeting, so always plant in light shade. They grow in most soils, but make the best plants in heavier moist soils. They are most successfully transplanted while growing (in the green), and dry bulbs often take a season to settle down before flowering. (source:www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/)

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-02-14 8:51]

Hola Milos:
Hermosa compo. En ella se refleja no solo la llegada de la primavera, sino el nacimiento de nueva vida a pesar de las duras condiciones de tu invierno. Por estas latitudes aùn el verano nos agobia, pero dentro de un mes comenzarà el otoño con su paisaje dorado.
Felicitaciones, y un saludo desde ASrgentina.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-14 9:02]

Buenas tardes Milos,
preciosa composición y maravillosos detalles,
un trabajo muy interesante y original,
muchos saludos

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-14 9:15]

This is a truly charming capture! And you make me jealous. Here winter is deepening still (a lovely snow storm in progress right now) while you already promise us some spring.
Fabulous colours and details, superb angled composition

Hi Milos,
Beautiful inflorescence!
I'm amazed with the resistence of this plant, flowering with all this ice all around.
Great POV to present us this capture, with excellent and clear details.
Very good exposition to handle all the whites here.
I like the composition made with all the elements present.
Congratulations and thanks for share,
Best regards,

Hi Milos,
Interesting shot and I like the title...Good news!
Excellent exposure, color, contrast, DOF, and detail..It's good to know the blooms will last longer on ice too ;)
Well done & TFS.

Hello Milos
Very nice shot of Common snowdrop ,
Great composition and POV,
Excellent shot.


Nice composition, maybe a little too darkness. Very good details and POV. Best regards, Cezar T.

Ahoj Milos.
Rad vidim Tvoj novy obrazok. Tesim sa ze ide jar.

Tot je moc dobre spravene a ma to atmosku.

Dobre svetlo a prispievaj castejsie.. :-)
ahoj Stefan

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-02-14 10:56]

Hi Mikou,
You are back with a bunch of Galanthus nivalis, announcing spring. Excellent composition and beautiful details like the glittering snow in the front. Thanks for this really beautiful and natural picture
Best regards

Hi my dear friend Milos ,
excellent image.
great composition , details and sharpness.
it is nice and lovely.
very well done.
i like it.
thanks for sharing.

What an appropriate name for these sturdy flowers, Milos!
You have captured the formation of them with diligence here. They make a lovely composition in the middle of the thawing snow.
Thanks and take care.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-14 12:08]

Hi Milos.
Amazing picture taken with great love and skillfulness. Sharpness of the image, clearness of the colours, exactness of the DOF and exposure are really terrific as well as the composition and POV. I am very pleased that Czech and Russian names of this beautiful flowers are the same. Great art work. BRAVO and TFS.

hi milos,
nice shot,looks like there was a snow storm,
captured with good details,
tfs & regards

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-02-14 13:44]

Ahoj Milosi, aj ked tato zima nebola taka strasna ako tie dve prechadzajuce, aj tak ma taketo fotky nesmierne tesia, konecne sa schyluje k jari!Velmi pekna svieza kompozicia s dobrou hlbkou ostrosti a svetlom.TFS.Maj sa pekne.Lenka

Hi Milos, I think that this year winter not begin, splendid augural photo with wonderful "Bucaneve", great details and sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-14 17:38]

Hi Milos

What a warm "spring" welcome.
Unfortunately winder is very wierd here, too, and i'm affraid it might have a bad effect on the flora and fauna.
Anyway, the shot itself is superb!
Charming and super-clear details on the cnowdrops, lovely and very well saturated colors and an exceptional DOF.
Great work with your macro lens!

Bravo and TFS

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-02-14 21:31]

Hi Milos,
A cool shot. Superb formation of the flowers. Colours look great against the crystals. Very crisp details. Kudos.

Hello Milos,
Yes the winter is going out. The snowdrops were very well taken by you. Bravo my friend. Greetngs

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-15 7:44]

Exquisita imagen Milos con estética composición a partir del maravilloso punto de vista y el encuadre elegido captando las bellas flores en medio del suelo helado.
Suaves tonos, buen foco y su consiguiente OOF completan una delicada entrega.
mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Exquisite image Milos with aesthetic composition starting from the wonderful point of view and the elected framing capturing the beautiful flowers amid the icy ground.
Soft tones, good focus and their consequential OOF complete a delicate post.
My best greetings... Ricardo

Hello Milos,
This is so beautiful. Those flowers have a much appropriated name :) I like those tones of white and I very impressed but this good exposure. Details and composition are superb and I enjoyed discovered a plant that I didn't know about. Thanks,
Idon't think that winter here is ending as we had more than 30 cm of snow yesterday :-)

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-15 9:36]

Hi Milos
What an excellent and beautiful close-up to this pretty and curious little plant! It has wonderful sharpness, lighting, POV, and composition.
A superb job!
My compliments and TFS.

bonjour milos
la fin de l'hiver!!ici il n'a pas vraiment commencé!
toujours est il que ces fleurs precoces sont tres jolies.

What a beautifully presented snowdrop shot the melting ice that surrounds adds a lot the crisp detail in the flowers is perfect tfs rgds Necip.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-15 15:22]

Hi Milos,
I can't wait until these show up in my garden, which could take a while first 2 m high snow drifts have to melt.
Beautiful sight, the colors are so fresh and well saturated. Great POV, details and sharpness. Very nice closeup.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-16 4:59]

Hello Milos, that´s a very nice shot. Natural colours and very good sharp details. Composition and POV/DoF are great also. Very well done.

Hola Milos,
Bonita composición de gran nitidez y bellos contrastes de color, parecen farolillos entre el hielo. Saludos

Hello Milos,
Very charming picture. Great composition with great sharpness and vivid colors. With ice around this Common Snowdrop bloom beautifully. Thanks for sharing this fine picture.

Hi Milos,
Very wonderful shot with beautiful Common snowdrop!!
Excellent details and POV, DOF and frame are also great to me.
Well done, Milos.
Regards and TFS,

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-02-17 16:44]

Bonsoir Milos
Excellente composition annonçant la fin de l'hiver, Cadrage, couleurs et gestion de la balance des blancs. Bravo
Amicalement Robi

It is only February but flowers are blooming here too. These little snowdrops are nice with ice. The exposure and the sharpness are great and the green is such a lovely shade.

Evelynn : )

Hi Milos,

Nicely captured beautiful flowers. Good exposure and details. I can't wait for the winter to be over.


Belle photo que ces clochettes givrées et enneigées.Les détails sont clair et nets. Amitiés Thomas

Wow, i love this shot! The white of snowdrops is not overexposed, great.
Congratulation for this absolute charming photo.
Best regards,

Bonjour Milos,
Belle restitution de "perce-neige" dans leur élément et criant de vérité.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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