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Ficaria verna

Ficaria verna
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Copyright: Slawek Chudy (chudy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-11
Categories: Flowers
Camera: SONY DSC-H10, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3,5-4,4/6,3-63, Memory Stick PRO Duo
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-06 13:31
Viewed: 3559
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Polish]
Lesser celandine, (Ranunculus ficaria, syn. Ficaria grandiflora Robert Ficaria verna Huds.) is a low-growing, hairless perennial plant, with fleshy dark green, heart-shaped leaves. The plant is found throughout Europe and west Asia and is now introduced in North America. It prefers bare, damp ground and in the UK it is often a persistent garden weed.The flowers are yellow, turning white as they age.

Ranunculus ficaria exists in both diploid (2n=16) and tetraploid (2n=32) forms which are very similar in appearance. However, the tetraploid type prefer more shady locations and frequently develops bulbils at the base of the stalk. These two variants are sometimes referred to as distinct sub-species,R. ficaria ficaria and R. ficaria bulbifer respectively.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, celandine comes from the Latin chelidonia, meaning swallow: it was said that the flowers bloomed when the swallows returned and faded when they left. The name Ranunculus is Late Latin for "little frog," from rana "frog" and a diminutive ending. This probably refers to many species being found near water, like frogs.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Ranunculus
Species: R. ficaria
Binomial name
Ranunculus ficaria

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-06 14:27]

Hallo Slawek,
Pod doskonalym katem pokazujesz ten pospolity kwiatuszek.Bardzo dobra ostrosc i kontrast a i te jeszcze zimowe podlorze dodaje mu uroku.
Pozdrawiam Siggi

Hy Slawek
You managed very well to capture this small spring flower, with good details. In my oppinion, the yellow is very good, is not over or underexposed. Well done!


Hello Slawek,

I agree with Oana: the yellow is very well exposed :-)

Nice composition and pretty flower.

The only thing maybe is that I'm wandering that by having a little bit lower POV you would have gotten a more uniform bg instead of those 2 different blurred bg (if you understant what I mean via my poor english).

But I still like very much the picture.

Bye and TFS!


Witaj Slawek,

Stunning macro capture of a common beauty from lateral POV with flawless details, great DOF and delightfull composition.
TFS and have a day/WE MF!


Witaj Slawku,
Zachwycajace jest odradzanie sie zycia. Nowe jest piekne, tym bardziej na "historycznym" tle. Uwielbiam zolte kwiaty.

Witaj Slawek,
Fantastic photo of Ranunculus ficaria a species which is very hard to photograph. The closest petal became a bit out of focus, otherwise a top notch image for me, and even gave me new ideas how to capture this flower in the next spring (I'm not fully satisfied with any of my R. ficaria shots). Thanks for posting, and of course, congrats.
Friendly regards, Wladyslaw

Ciao Slawek, great yellow beauty on a splendid lighting BG, excellent sharpness, fine details and wonderful bright colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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