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Cretan Mallow

Cretan Mallow
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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: 2009-06-29
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-23 10:42
Viewed: 3315
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Lavatera cretica L
Family: Malvaceae

The Cretan mallow or small tree mallow is an annual or biennial plant, to a maximum to 1.5m. The leaves are rounded-heart-shaped in outline, with toothed lobes, with ciliate hairs, up to 10cm long. The plant bears small pink or light purple flowers, in clusters of 2-8 on unequal stalks, with petals just over a cm long. The fruit is disc-shaped with 7 to 10 segments.
It grows on waste and fallow land, roadsides, from February to June.
It is often confused with Malva sylvestris, but with broader epicalyx lobes and an absence of simple hairs on the flowers-stalks.
It is native to western Europe, North Africa, and the Mediterranean Basin, and naturalized in areas with a Mediterranean climate, such as parts of Australia and California.

References :
Blamey M., Grey-Wilson Ch., Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean, Domino Guides, London, 2005.

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Dear Catherine
What a great capture this lovely Lavatera cretica!
Colors and details are amazing!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-01-23 11:03]

Hi Catherine,
a beautiful flower composition ...
Light, color and detail are very good.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Catherine,
Wonderful flower with such superb vivid colours. Lovely composition with good light
and clarity.

hello catherine
great shot with very good light and sharpness
beautiful colours and nice BG.
great shot
greeting lou

Bojour Catherine,
I presume that this picture was taken under a hard and difficult light, but the result is very good quality. Congratulations, it's always difficult to photograph flowers under excess light conditions. Good work, good details and textures, endowed with a beautiful composition.
TFS, Jesús

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-23 15:20]

Hi Catherine,
Stunning close-up shot of these mallow flowers. The POV and composition are perfect.
TFS and G's,

Hello Catherine
nice to see these beautiful flowers in this winter period. I miss in summer quickly. You nicely took them with a sharp focus, great exposure and POV/DOF. Coloration and composition also superb as like light using. Nicely framed.
thanks for sharing and have a good night

hello Catherine,
simple beautiful and very well litted up scene, the clarity is exceptional, with the natural attribution of colors, one very good photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Hi MF Catherine,

You are a botanist today:) Your shot of these beautiful Anemone is just incredible taken from nice POV with great OFF contrasting BG. The colours and focus look great too.
TFS and have a nice afternoon MF!


Ciao Catherine. An handsome flower in razor detauils and perfect DOF. An elegant conpo with intrigant blurred BG.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-24 6:35]

Bonjour Catherine,
La lavatère de Crète n'est pas sans rappeler nos mauves, mais la couleur me semble encore plus subtile. Ton image en donne une vue presque tridimesionnelle et très fine. J'aime bien le fait que tu aies inclu le bouton et la fleur à l'arrière-plan qui donne de la profondeur à l'image. Excellente gestion de la lumière.
Un grand merci et bon dimanche

Hy Catherine
I see that after you bought this macro lens, you never used another one. Is like a second eye for you. And you are continuously prezent exceptional works with it. This one is very clear, with very good details, very natural in colors.
All the best,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-01-24 7:32]

Bonjour Catherine!

Beautifull picture of Mallow. Very sunny and colorfull, I like composition with two flowers and lots of sunlight. Great work!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-24 11:34]

Hi Catherine. A picture from the summer of last year. Nice to see on a dark winters eve. You used the light so well to give bright colours to the well detailed flowers. The plant stands out from the BG. well taken TFS.

bonjour Catherine
magnifique image de cette adorable fleur, j'adore sa couleur rose tendre,
superbe point de vue avec une bonne profondeur de champs
excellents luminosité et netteté
Un petit rayon de soleil en attendant le retour des beaux jours
Passe une bonne nuit

Bonjour Catherine,
Remarquable éclairage, pour cette très belle publication, valorisant bien le sujet à différents stades végétatifs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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