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Trifolium stellatum

Trifolium stellatum
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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: 2010-03-31
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-10 14:48
Viewed: 3213
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
I tried to capture the nice structure of this common Mediterranean clover. With the flash, I got the best results. Photo taken in the evening on Ikaria island.

Trifolium stellatum L.
Family: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Common names: Star Clover [En], Trèfle étoilé [Fr], Stern-Klee [De], Trébol estrellado [Sp], Τριφύλλι το αστερωτό [Gr], Yıldız üçgül [Tu]

This beautiful and distinctive flower has multibranched, finely-hairy stems from the base of the plant. After flowering, the long reddish, sharply-pointed calyces open up like 5-pointed stars sitting on white fuzzy "clouds".
Annual herbaceous plant up to 25 cm. Stems erect, very hairy. Upper leaves short-stalked; lower ones long stalked. Trifoliate with inverted heart-shaped leaflets, slightly toothed at the ends. Very small pink, or sometimes yellow or purple, flowers are grouped tightly in a roundish flower-head about 25 mm across. Calyx almost as long as the corolla, thickly downy, remembering a star because of the disposition and opining of the calyx-teeth, when completely opened.
Habitat: dry spots, fields, stony places and sandy lanes.
Flowering: March-May.

Etymology: Trifolium: from Latin tri, tres, three; folium, leaf; three-leaved. Stellatum: with stars, starry.

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Hi Cathy,

I love the lighting with this one, good job with flsh and focus too. The black backround makes all the difference with awesome DOF and delightful composition! Bravo.
TFS this and also for your kind Bayram wishes!
Have a nice night and sunday!

Ps. Are these same one which we saw in Çiglikara?

Hola Catherine

Una fantastica imagen, de esta superplanta, con unos colores muy llamativos y estupendos. Perfecto contraste con ese fondo negro y perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Very judiciously used fill flash for this image of a very interesting flower, Catherine.
The hair on each individual flower have been captured beautifully in this picture.
The subtle shades of colour have also been well recorded.
Well done and TFS.

A stunning shot with wonderful detail and beautifully saturated colours!
Very well done, my friend Catherine!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-10 21:58]

Hello Catherine,
A beautiful flower, its patterns well portrayed by the use of flash that makes it stand out so well with excellent sharpness and colours.
Thanks and have a great weekend,

Hi Catherine

Beautiful result, especially with tehdark background. Everything is perfect, well done.


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-09-11 5:29]

Beautiful capture, Catherine.

Indeed the flash did very well here.

THi sone is quite common here. Indeed many of the Papilionaceae have lovely small fruits, which deserve a closer look.

Enjoy your weekend,


hello Catherine
super good sharpness and great details
beautiful colours to
i like this picture
greeting lou

Hello Catherine,
Splendid contrast and superb details. Outstanding composition with
lovely colours, excellent clarity and perfect POV.

Ciao Catherine, superb macro of fantastic flower, great contrast against dark BG, wonderful bright colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Catherine,
very artistic shot! Great details and sharpness, beautifull colors. Thanks for sharing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-11 16:06]

Salut Catherine,tu montre nous la maniere de creer une photo fanatstique avec un simple fleur de nos pelouses,quelle qualite' et quelle composition,vraiment une photo de grande classe..mes compliments et bonne Dimanche,LUCIANO

Hi Catherine,

what a nice photo from this clover specie I doní know.
Exellens sharpness, details and pv.
Good use of the flashlight to get black bg.
fine colours.


Hello Catherine. Wonderful macro photo of a Trifolium.
Details and composition are splendid..
TFS and kind regards,

Beautiful work Catherine, this image is striking.
Especially like the colors in stark contrast to your black BG, they really pop out at ya :)
Well done!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-15 4:57]

Bonjour Catherine,
Magnifique ce trèfle étoilé, une espèce que je n'avais encore jamais vue.
Une netteté parfaite et un beau contraste avec l'arrière-plan sombre. Une fleur très spéciale!

Bon soir Catherine,
I really like this image - it reminds me of my youth in Europe - and at the height of summer - in little village-churches Harvest Thanks-Giving-Services with the churches decorated with grasses/corn stems...

Simple , clean lines, decorative, enchanting! Congratulations, you obviously have an eye for beauty and know how to capture it.

Thank you for showing this beauty on TrekNature.

Bonne soiree

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