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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-25
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-210, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-09 8:39
Viewed: 3674
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On Lesvos I’ve photographed some special flowers in the wild. One of them was Sally-my-handsome.

Sally-my-handsome (Carpobrotus acinaciformis) is a succulent perennial of the family Aizoaceae, native to South Africa. The pink flowers are very showy and the plant is frequently cultivated, especially in mild coastal climates. In some areas, such as the south-west of England, it has become naturalised on sea cliffs and can outcompete native species.

The common name is derived from its former generic name of Mesembryanthemum.

It is one of about 30 species in the genus Carpobrotus.

On the Mediterranean coast, Carpobrotus has spread out rapidly and now parts of the coastline are completely covered by invasive species as Carpobrotus edulis.

Source: Wikipedia.

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Hi Peter,
really nice photo of these two flowers. Perfect point of view. Nice natural colours. Very nice composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Peter,
Beautiful flowers, lovely colours, excellent sharpness details, composition and point of view are very good, very well captured and well presented,
Thank for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Ciao Peter, lovely couple of beautiful flowers, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-06-09 8:57]

Hello Peter.
Wonderful capture . Wonderful colours and very well exposed. The flower is quite exceptional and beautiful. Well done on details and lighting.Best regards Siggi

Hi Peter,

Wow what a striking image of these Sally-my-handsome flowers, this is the closest you will get to 3D, amazing sharpness with so much detail, fabulous exposure/white balance control that compliments these awesome colours, good camera skills and well done,
Best Regards and have a nice evening Peter,


Superb shot and exposition Peter! Love the detail and the brilliant white balance here! Fantastic level of saturation as well. Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hello Peter!
Great shot with an amazing sharpness and control of lightness. Excellent POV and fine details! TFS
Regards from,

Rather a nice photograph of this invasive weed. It does indeed take over and nothing will kill it. regards yiannis

  • corjan3 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 430 W: 49 N: 964] (4707)
  • [2011-06-09 10:00]

Hallo Peter,
Ja, hierdie is my land se blomme en baie mooi deur jou weergee. In een woord pragtig! Wat meer kan ek sę? Skitterend! Beste groete.

NS: Jammer, ek sien nou my punte is opgebruik.

Hello Peter,
Wonderful capture of a superb flower. Impressive details and sharpness.
Lovely composition and a first class image taken from a very good POV.

Hallo Peter,
a very beautiful macro shot of this splendid flower, very good sharpness and vivid colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

hallo Peter
Mooie foto met veel licht en dus goed scherp
de kleuren zijn prachtig van deze vetplant
groetjes lou

Hello Peter

Beautiful composition of these flowers with fine POV,
i love that you did not did closer shot and
instead leaved free space and show of the leafs,
beautiful light, excellent focus sharpness details,
excellent contrast of the color tones, TFS


Hi Peter,
That is some hot pink color! Really nicely composed with the two flowers and greenery. Hard to believe that anything so beutiful can be called invasive. Thanks for this.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-06-09 23:16]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful Flower and excellent sharp, colorful photo, TFS!

Hello Peter,

Lovely flowers, captured with sharp fine details!
The colour palette is interesting as the pink petals stand very well with the green surroundings...

Pablo -

Hello Peter
Beautiful photo with excellent composition and very good sharpness. The colours are impressive.

Hola Peter

Esta planta las tenemos bastante en los jardines y sus flores son muy bellas, con colores intensos. Bella composición, colores y nitidez perfectas.

Un saludo de Antonio

very good picture with great details and colours.Strong composition. Best Regards and have a nice day

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-06-10 3:04]

Hello Peter,
What a funny English name for these Levsos flowers. They are of course beautiful and have a striking coloration and you rendered it well with this picture. Interesting plant which I didn't know.
Thanks and kind regards

beautiful photo wellcome in Greece Peter!
regards Nasos

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-10 4:49]

Hi Peter,very brilliant pic of these very common flowers in the mediterranean area,i like a lot the light,it seem to see the sun inside the flowers,magnificent colors and sharpness too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Bonjour Peter,
Formidable opposition de couleurs dans une lumičre bien maitrisée et sous une excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Peter,
Almost as beautiful as your birds! ... good job, beautiful light and perfect color, interesting note.
Regards, TFS
Happy WE !

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-06-10 15:16]

Hello Peter,
This is very nice photo,nice colors and excellent composition.Great sharpness and details.TFS.

Gracias por tus amables comentarios a mi fiotografía Peter.
Esta planta la conozco de cuando viví en Ibiza y en Mallorca,
donde era bastante abundante... recuerdos de mi infancia.
Preciosos colores, aunque con la luz al límite :-)
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana : Josep Ignasi.

Hallo Peter,

je laat me verbazen....een foto van wilde bloemen?
Mooie foto en goed van scherpte en detailering.
Practige kleuren.


Great shot MF Peter! Magnifcien light and colours with excellente details/sharp. Lovely compo.


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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-07-02 19:38]

Hi Peter,

A very vivid & pleasing image. How bright & in such extreme contrast these two flowers are with respect to the greenery. Perfect focus & choice angle/POV. A real winner!

Kind regards,


Hi Peter,
Not a common subject from you, but definitely a beautiful one through your lens. Conspicuously colored flowers, which make great contrast against the greenery. Lovely photo.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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