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Leontopodium alpinum

Leontopodium alpinum
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Copyright: Fabrizio Menin (ciopper13) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 129 W: 0 N: 353] (1772)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-17
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Alfa Nex3, Sony E-mount 2,8/16mm, SandiskExtremePro16G, Dorr DHG Macro Achromat
Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-25 6:18
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Points: 28
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Soglio dell'Incudine m.2114 Monte Pasubio

Poco sole e vento forte, per cui ho dovuto usare un diaframma molto aperto (f/4) per avere un tempo di scatto sicuro (1/1600):il risultato non mi soddisfa troppo per la ridotta profondità di campo...

The common name comes from German edel, meaning "noble", and weiß (also spelled weiss) "white", thus signifying "noble whiteness" or "noble purity".
The scientific name Leontopodium is a Latin adaptation of Greek leontopódion (λεοντοπόδιον) "lion's paw", from léōn "lion" and pódion "foot" (diminutive of poús, podós "foot").
The Romanian name, floarea reginei,means "Queen's flower". Also, another common name is floare de colţ which means "the corner's flower".
The Persian name is gol-e-yax, which translates as "ice flower"
Leaves and flowers are covered with white hairs and appear woolly (tomentose). Flowering stalks of Edelweiss can grow to a size of 3–20 cm (in cultivation, up to 40 cm). Each bloom consisting of five to six small yellow flower heads (5 mm) surrounded by bracts in star formation. The flowers are in bloom between July and September.
he plant is unequally distributed and prefers rocky limestone places at 2000–2900 m altitude. It is not toxic, and has been used traditionally in folk medicine as a remedy against abdominal and respiratory diseases. The dense hair appears to be an adaptation to high altitudes, protecting the plant from cold, aridity and ultraviolet radiation.
Since it usually grows in inaccessible places, it is associated in many countries of the alpine region with mountaineering.
Edelweiss is a protected plant in many countries, including Mongolia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Switzerland (since 1878), France, Norway, Iran, India (Zanskar region), Italy, Serbia, Malaysia (In Genting and Cameron Highlands), Indonesia (In Semeru Mountain), Germany, Spain (Ordesa National Park), Poland and Slovakia (Tatra National Park), Slovenia (in Gorizia and Gradisca since 1896, in Carniola since 1898), Austria (since 1886) and Romania (since 1933).
On the Austrian euro coins, a picture of Edelweiss is used on the two-euro-cent coins.
It is the symbol of the Bulgarian Tourist Union
It is also the symbol of the Swiss national tourism organisation
On the Romanian 50 Lei banknote.
Edelweiss Society
In Austria, Edelweiß is also a brand of beer named after the flower.
Edelweiss is the unofficial national flower of Switzerland.
The Edelweiss is used in the logotypes of several alpine clubs such as the Deutscher Alpenverein (German Alpine Club) or the Österreichischer Alpenverein (Austrian Alpine Club).
Edelweiss Air, an international airline based in Switzerland, is named after the flower, which also appears in its logo.
The song "Edelweiss", which is about the flower, is from Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1959 musical The Sound of Music, which takes place in Salzburg, Austria during World War II.
"Bring me Edelweiss" is the best-known song of the music group Edelweiss.
The Edelweiss was established 1907 as the sign of the Austrian-Hungarian alpine troops by Emperor Franz Joseph I. These original 3 Regiments wore their edelweiss on the collar of their uniform. During World War I (1915) the Edelweiss was granted to the German alpine troops, for their bravery. Today it is still the insignia of the Austrian, Polish, and German alpine troops.
Edelweiss was a badge of Edelweiss Pirates (Edelweisspiraten)—the anti-Nazi youth groups in Third Reich. It was worn on the clothes (e.g. a blouse or a suit).
The Edelweiss flower was the symbol of Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS Gebirgsjäger, or mountain rangers, worn as a metal pin on the left side of the mountain cap, on the band of the service dress cap, and as a patch on the right sleeve. It is still the symbol of the Mountain division in the German army today.
The World War II Luftwaffe unit, Kampfgeschwader 51 (51st Bomber Wing) was known as the Edelweiss Wing.
The rank insignia of Swiss generals has Edelweiss signs instead of stars. A Korpskommandant for example (equivalent to a Lieutenant General in other countries) wears three Edelweiss signs on his collar instead of three stars.
Polish professional ice hockey team MMKS Podhale Nowy Targ use an Edelweiss as their emblem.
Kingdom: Plantae
Species:L. alpinum

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Hi Fabrizio,
Nice shot of this edelweiss - nice detail and composition.

Hi Fabrizio,

Very nice composition and well seen Fabrizio, reasonable sharpness in the centre of the format, i would like to know are you using the vignetting process in photoshop?, because if you are it doesn't do this type of shot justice Hmmm, however a very pleasing picture,
Best regards,


Hi Fabrizio,
Great shot of these lovely flower, good details, very nice point of view, good composition and beautiful natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

Hi Fabrizio.
Very nice flowers. Amazing colours. Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Fabrizio, sempre bello vedere le stelle alpine anche in foto, eh quando c'è vento bisogna arrangiarsi e tu ne hai tirato su una bella foto dagli splendidi colori naturali, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hi Fabrizio,

an very nice image from this very rare flower.
Good pov, composition and sharpness.
Fine colors.


Hello Fabrizio
Interesting plant. Very good composition and wonderful colours

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-25 11:16]

Hello Fabrizio.
Beautiful capture and well done on the composition. Your whites are pretty good, excellent work.
Best regards Siggi

hello Fabrizio
very nice composition with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-25 15:35]

Ciao Fabrizio,non poteva mancare la regina della montagna alla tua stupenda collezione,eccellente pov per catturare il folto gruppo con ottima nitidezza e prospettiva.Complimenti e buon Martedi',Luciano

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-07-25 15:53]

Hello Fabrizio,
Very good shot of this beautiful flower,nice colors and fine sharpness.
Have a nice day!...

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-25 21:33]

Hi Fabrizio,
Excellent photo presentation of this edelweiss, leontopodium alpinum, TFS!

Ciao Fabrizio,
se da una parte i fiori una volta che si sono trovati non "s'involano", richiederebbero comunque le condizioni atmosferiche ideali per la fotografia, penso che il risultato sia in ogni caso ottimo e che osservare un così notevole numero di stelle alpine in un unico ciuffo sia sempre emozionante e gratificante, complimenti per questa bellissima immagine
Buona giornata
Ciao Maurizio

  • paolo49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 366 W: 63 N: 888] (6200)
  • [2011-07-26 9:40]

Ciao Fabrizio, splendido mazzo di stelle alpine. Un'altra ottima immagine dalle nostre montagne. Un saluto, paolo

Bonjour Fabrizio,
La profondeur de champ n'est pas excellente et le sujet, compte tenu de son mimétisme avec l'environnement, manque de contraste mais admirer ces fleurs est toujours pour moi un grand plaisir.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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