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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-29
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, 35-280 - f2.8-4.2, @ ISO 50, Close-up +2
Exposure: f/6.2, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flora Balcanica, Flower(blue)II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-22 17:09
Viewed: 4130
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wolfsbane (Aconitum sp.) is a deadly dangerous plant - not for all, though. This very small heteropteran bug seems to be quite comfortable on the top of this beautiful killer :-)

Aconitum is a genus of flowering plant belonging to the buttercup family ( Ranunculaceae). There are about 100 species of Aconitium, which are known as aconite, monkshood, or wolfsbane.

These herbaceous perennials are chiefly natives of the mountainous parts of the northern hemisphere, growing in damp soils on mountain meadows. Their darkgreen leaves lack stipules. They are palmate or deeply palmately lobed with 5-7 segments. Each segment again is 3-lobed with coarse sharp teeth. The leaves have a spiral or alternate arrangement. The lower leaves have long petioles.

Aconite has been ascribed with supernatural powers relating to werewolves and other lycanthropes, either to repel them or in some way induce their lycanthropic condition.

In a few minutes after the introduction of a poisonous dose of aconite, marked symptoms supervene. The initial signs of poisoning are referable to the alimentary canal. There is a sensation of burning, tingling and numbness in the mouth, and of burning in the abdomen. Death usually supervenes before a numbing effect on the intestine can be observed. After about an hour there is severe vomiting. Much motor weakness and cutaneous sensations similar to those above described soon follow. The pulse and respiration steadily fail, death occurring from asphyxia. As in strychnine poisoning, the patient is conscious and clear-minded to the last. The only post-mortem signs are those of asphyxia. The treatment is to empty the stomach by tube or by a non-depressant emetic. The physiological antidotes are atropine and digitalin or strophanthin, which should be injected subcutaneously in maximal doses. Alcohol, strychnine, and warmth must also be employed.

The above description of poisoning is characteristic of an oral administration. It should however be noted that aconitine may be easily absorbed through the skin, and poisoning may occur through this route simply by picking the leaves without the use of gloves; the toxin in the sap is absorbed through the skin. From practical experience, the sap oozing from eleven picked leaves will cause cardiac symptoms for a couple of hours. In this event, there will be no gastrointestinal effects. Tingling will however start at the point of absorption, and extend up the arm to the shoulder, after which the heart will start to be affected. The tingling will be followed by numbness - it is fairly unpleasant. As remarked above, atropine is an antidote. Atropine is a constituent of Belladonna.
(source: Wikipedia)

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2005-09-22 18:44]

Hi Michal..
Simply fantastic !
The composition is great with the vivid colours and the bug in the upper part of the wolfsbane...The DOF is great, and I liked most the dark background to compose this. Thanks for the great notes on the photo, they're really good. Well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-09-23 4:02]

O, widze, ze podroz do Rumunii byla owocna ;-) Bardzo lubie posty takie jak ten - nie tylko piekne zdjecie, ale tez bardzo ciekawy 'model' i swietna notka. Tak a propos - po jej przeczytaniu zaczal mnie bolec brzuch [pewnie zmiana wody albo cos] i zastanawialem sie jakie post-mortem signs wystapia u mnie ;-) Ale jak widac przezylem ;-)

Hi Michal,
Excellent composition and framing. I love the colors. The detail and DOF are perfect. Superb supportive notes. A great Job!

Hi Michal,
I'm fascinated of this wonderful plant.
I've never seen it before and it's interesting to read your note. Thank you.
The highlight is the small green bug, looks like a grasshopper.
The colour is so marvelous, I like this violett (also have a violett flower here today, perhaps you are interested :-).
Very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-09-23 21:28]

Well, I like this composition, Michal. Unusual but effective. Great visual impact. Only thre elements here + the BG.

Well seen and well done. Thank you.

Hi Michael

Not enough time for me to give a proper critique or read your note tonight before I go out, but this is a lovely shot. Good work. Thanks. :-)

Hello Michal I find time to catch up with old friends, and this one of yours caught my eye, good to see a wild one of these, we grow them as garden plants, where they are great as an alternative to Lupins that everything likes to eat these are a left alone ;0))).
The note is particularly good, it would seem many florists have fallen victim to this plant when it became a favourite for flower arrangements a few years ago ((((.
the image is beauifully captured with great detail in the 2 blooms and love the bug balancing on the top one it adds just an extra touch. TFS

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