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Nigella damascena

Nigella damascena
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Copyright: Jose Rodriguez (jmp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-01
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S9500, Digital ISO 80
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-16 3:44
Viewed: 3953
Points: 66
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Nigella damascena
Common english names: Love-in-a-mist, Devil in the Bush
Nombres comunes en español: Arañuela, Neguilla de Damasco
This beautiful flower, still very young, grows everywhere where I live.
It would be interesting to know the psychological connections between the english names and the plant shape (("Love in a mist" ~ "Devil in the Bush") ~ plant). Hopefully, a TrekNature member knows about it!
Nigella damascena is an annual garden flowering plant, belonging to the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae).

It is native to southern Europe (but adventive in more northern countries of Europe), north Africa and southwest Asia. It is also commonly grown in gardens in North America. It is found on neglected, damp patches of land.

The plant's common name comes from the flower being nestled in a ring of multifid, lacy bracts.

It grows to 20-50 cm tall, with pinnately divided, thread-like, alternate leaves.

The flowers are white, pink, pale blue or pale purple, with 5-10 sepals. The actual petals are located at the base of the stamens and are minute and clawed. The sepals are the only colored part of the perianth. The 4-5 carpels of the compound pistil have each an erect style. The flowers blossom in May and June.

The fruit is a large and inflated capsule, growing from a compound ovary, and is composed of several united follicles, each containing numerous seeds. This is rather exceptional for a member of the buttercup family. The capsule becomes brown in late summer.

They are much used in dried flower bouquets.
(Taken from Wikipedia)
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To extramundi: Muchas gracias!jmp 1 07-04 14:29
To anel: About gardens or wildjmp 1 06-23 13:18
To cicindela: Changing the way of lookingjmp 1 06-16 07:12
To fragman: About Nigella.jmp 1 06-16 04:06
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nice close up, so why it is called N. damascena ?

Hi Jose. Very interesting and unusual plant. Well presented with both clarity and colours. Great notes also. Murray.

Hola José,
Otra preciosidad para tu galería, curiosa en sus formas, de bellas tonalidades verdosas, con su gran nitidez, agradable fondo y luminosidad, hacen una gran toma, gracias por compartirla, Saludos
José Ramón

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-16 4:29]

Hi Jose

Great looking plant. Nice sharp details, great POV and excellent DOF. Interesting note as well



Hi Jose,
Nice shot, I like the structure of this plant and the natural lines and patterns. Well captured and a good DOF,

This is quite an interesting plant, Jose, in which the leaves (if they can be called that) integrate with the flowers in a sort of "symphony" where you cannot segregate one from the other at all.
As usual, the tonal quality in conjunction with your perception of the available light bears your unmistakable signature in this wonderful image.
TFS and best regards.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-16 5:38]

Hola Jose
¡Qué preciosidad de foto! Nunca había visto una planta como ésta. El enfoque y la composición son magníficos creando un efecto maravilloso.
¡Me encanta!
Muchas gracias por enseñarnos algo tan bonito.

Hello Jose!
Simple Latin "Nigella" but English "Devil in the Bush" - what an interesting connection! :)
The species looks really interesting, I like a lot shape of its green parts. DOF, details and colours are very good and the POV - as always in your composition - is just amazing! The way you present us different species of plant is really great, so detailed that it is not possible to look at plants at the some way as before :)
Many thanks for showing this photo and have a nice weekend!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-16 8:01]

Hola Jose,
What an interesting flower.. Great POV , composition and details. TFS

Hermosa macro.
Buen BG y genial encuadre.
Buena iluminación.
Un saludo, JL.

Hello Jose,
This is an amazing specie that I see for the first time I think. Its shape is very special and looks sophisticated! As always, those details are superb and so is exposure and very natural colors. This is beautiful! Thanks,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-16 13:50]

Hi Jose.
What a superb plant and its reproduction. It is really perfect art work. DOF is fantastic: all plant is in focus and other parts of scenery are blurred perfectly and very beautiful. Cropping and composition of the shot are selected skillfully. Bravo and best regards.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-16 16:23]

Hola Jose,
Beautiful close up.Well seen and composed.Harmonious colors,blurred BG,framing and visual impact are excellent.

Hola José Miguel,
Que extraña flor, al menos para mí!
Muy curiosa su forma, y las ramificaciones de la parte central, muy bueno el punto de vista para traernos esta clara imagen.
Que bueno el trabajo que haces de mostrarnos estas flores, con gran calidad y tu sello personal en cada una de las presentaciones.
Enhorabuena y gracias por compartirla.
Un gran saludo,

Hola Jose,
Very nice DoF, perfectly focused.
Lovely green colors, very aesthetic image.
Superb shot.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-16 22:49]

Hello Jose

Very well focused with sharp details.The DOF and POV are your usual excellent work.The colours are natural and deep ,rich tones.The foliage is very dainty and fern like and the emergent flower colour is unique.A very interesting plant.TFS


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-17 3:11]

Hi Jose.
This is beautiful close-up of this very interesting plant with very nice lacy bracts.Very good details and lighting.I like pretty reproductions textures on noteless but beautiful blooms.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hello Jose,
This is an interesting plant, and it is well framed!
I like the different shades of green, once in a while it is nice to see a flower without shining bright colours...
Good light, and fine details are captured!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

Hi dear Jose ,
nice image with beautiful colours.
bakground is nice and details is great too.
well done

my best regards

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-18 8:15]

Hello Jose,
excellent close up. You captured those fine details of this flower very well.
A wonderful tone in tone composition, with a great OOF BG that shows off this interesting plant so well.

Hello Jose,
Beautiful flower with distinctive form. That curvy bracts are eye catching. POV and composition are great. Colors are vivid and well contrasted. Very well done.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-18 18:22]

Hello Jose,
Interesting and pretty species. Excellent exposure control that gives a lovely blur in the back and a 3-D look to the flower. Well done. Regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-19 4:58]

Hola José,
precioso trabajo,
agradables tonos y bello bg,
nitidez, y excelente presntación...

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-06-21 19:46]

Saludos jmp,preciosas formas gráciles de las flores,colores frescos y nitidos buenos detalles... Sira

Dear José,
outstanding artistic qualities in this portrait of a flower. Wonderful soft tones, dramatical arrangement of leaves, perfectly well balanced composition. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-22 10:58]
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Hello Jose,
Très belle lumière sur cette fleur à la forme bien partculière et que je n'avais jamais vue. Je ne comprends pas très bien si elle est une fleur sauvage ou si elle pousse dans des jardins. Comme d'habitude j'ai du retard..
Meilleures salutations

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-06-23 13:19]

Hola Joze!
It's a remarkable shot - focus, colours, detail and pov are outstanding.

Hi Jose,
The feathery structure of the leaves is beautiful. Rich varations of green in this beauty. Nice intricate detail. Well seperated from the nice OOF backround.

Tu sigue así, y ya verás como te conviertes en una página de referencia rápida de consulta de las flora iberica, acuerdate de lo que te digo... la colección ya va siendo considerable :)
Sacar algo artistico de esta planta no era facil, pero tu haces que parezca cosa de niños.
Un saludo, Felipe.

olá os tons suaves resultam muito bem está muito bem gerido! bonita perpectiva! fica bem Ana:)

Excellent light and color, great BG Jose.
Interesting engish common name "Devil in the Bush" or "Love-in-a-mist" seem to contradict. Whatever you decide to call it, Very beautiful mf :)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-27 10:38]

I missed this one while I was away so I am very glad to find it now. I saw many patches of these in Alsace but didn't know they were native. My mother smuggled some seeds back from Germany in the late 1960s (before we knew that this was not a good practise) so that she can grow them in her front garden.
I love your original PoV on these and the colours and details are outstanding

Hi Jose,
Beautiful flower. Nice picture. Thanks for sharing.
I tried to grow this annual in my garden, but it never flowered. The weather of this part of India has very wide variation. By the time the plant is ready to flower, the weather changes to harsh summer and the plant dies.
- Nirmal

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