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Urtica & Gomphus

Urtica & Gomphus
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-24
Camera: Sony DSC-F717, Sony VCL-M3358 Close, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-13 9:24
Viewed: 3392
Points: 22
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Stinging neetle - Urtica dioica

Here I post this macro of a nettle with a bonus on it :)
You can notice the stinging devices all over the surface. Obviously they are not a problem for our friend the gomphus.

I have eaten this ones boiled and in omelette and they taste similar to "swiss chard" (acelgas).
The problem is that you need gloves to pick and cook them. After boiled, the plant weapons are not a problem any more.

The Nettle tribe, Urticaceae, is widely spread over the world and contains about 500 species, mainly tropical, though several, like our common Stinging Nettle, occur widely in temperate climates. Many of the species have stinging hairs on their stems and leaves. ... Formerly botanists included in the order Urticaceae the Elm family, Ulmaceae; the Mulberry, Fig and Bread Fruit family, Moraceae; and that of the Hemp and Hop, Cannabinacece; but these are now generally regarded as separate groups.

The species of Stinging Nettle, belonging to the genus Urtica (the name derived from the Latin, uro, to burn), are well known for the burning properties of the fluid contained in the stinging hairs with which the leaves are so well armed. Painful as are the consequences of touching common Nettles, they are far exceeded by the effects of handling some of the East Indian species: a burning heat follows the sensation of pricking, just as if hot irons had been applied, the pain extending and continuing for many hours or even days, attended by symptoms similar to those which accompany lockjaw. A Java species, U. urentissima, produces effects which last for a whole year, and are even said to cause death. U. crenulato and U. heterophylla, both of India, are also most virulent. Another Indian species, U. tuberosa, on the other hand, has edible tubers, which are eaten either raw, boiled or roasted, and considered nutritious.

I found this info HERE

Hope you like!

F:8 - 1/100 - Manual exposure - difusse Flash - Handheld

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Hi Felipe,
Really like your POV and composition, excellent.
Perfectly exposed with your flash, with very good color, DOF, and sharp details..Interesting shared "subject" status with this nettle..which reminds me..haven't had any swiss chard in quite awhile. Maybe I'll pick some up today :)
Very well done.

Bonjour Filipe
Ta photo est absolument superbe. Les couleurs y sont vraiment superbes, et la netteté parfaite. Execellente prise de vue en macro de cette libellule.
Bravo et merci...JP

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-13 10:53]

Hola Felipe,
Gran foto, con una composición muy buena con el libéluda en medio del primer plano y del fondo. El punto de vista convierte a la libélula en una especie de helicóptero. Estupenda macro de esta hortiga, tanto que invita a comerlas.
Un saludo,
José M.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-13 11:40]

Hi Filipe

Excellent shot of this beautiful dragonfly!
Very nice POV, great details, colors and lighting. I aslo like the DOF, framing and composition.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-13 13:28]

yes I like it Felipe,
a very nice photo, good composition and a very nice point of view, the light is nice and the shot is well taken, good job.
gr. jaap

Hello Felip, excllent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect details, excllent lighting perfect work, TFS Kyle

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-08-13 14:29]

Very good shot Felipe , good compositie details pov colours bg and framing ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

Hi Felipe,
Very quick visit. great shot.
Thanks for posting, have a wonderful week.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-18 3:09]

Hi Felipe.
This your picture is very nice. You managed to select very interesting POV. With exact DOF, wonderful colours. perfect sharpness of details these components of the photography create a very impressive and well seen picture. Excellent done and my best regards,

I passed this dragon - wow, it is looking a little dangerous - the face is so different when the eyes are totaly seperate. The bigger dragons here have the eyes together.
A wonderful sharp and interesting shot, I like it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hi felipe
c'est une espece que je n'ai pas encore eu la chance de voir en vrai.
j'aime beaucoup sa couleur,la netteté est tres bonne.

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