All in Green my lords and Ladies
|Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown)
|Date Taken: 2004-05-05|
|Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Digital ISO 100|
|Exposure: f/2.5, 1/30 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-04-09 17:17|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This is another from the archive. Taken last year in the wooded area at the bottom of my mums garden back last spring.|
This strange plant is a member of Araceae, and is called officially Arum maculatum, but according to Richard Mabey's "Flora Britanica" it has 90 different local / common names from things like Startch wort, which reflects one of its historic uses of the dried and ground up root tubers as a startch for laundry in past times, to what the victorians called it "Lords and Ladies" because they did not like its many other names most of which reflect the shape of the flower resembling parts of the human anatomy even the seemingly normal "Cukoo pint" the pint word is thought to be a shortened from of pintle a word for the male private parts and there is even a modern one of "Willy Lilly" every county in the UK seems to have a different traditional name all of them reflecting the couple of examples already given.
This plant of shady places, here it is under a dark canopy of Hawthorn and elderberry trees growing on a raise bank of weathered grey shale for a soil. the The deep green arrow head leaves are some times spotted with deep purple sploges, and the pale green sheath can also be streaked with purple.the spadix (The bit that sticks up in the middle and causes all the name problems)is also purple or it can be yellow, the book makes referance to the pollen on the spadix faintly glows at dusk, giving rise to 2 more common names in the low fen lands of East Anglia where it grows plentifully along the many waterways that drain the land there of "Lillies Fairy Lamps" and "Shiners" I have never observed this ,I presume it requires low light levels and no street lighting being reflected across the sky to see. I am sure you can all add a few more to this list.
Flowering period is from April through may, and is followed by bright Orange /Red berries clustered at the top of a bare stem. By this time the leaves have died off for the year. The berries are Poisonous and as far as I can tell not be eaten in any way.
Adjustment, well not a lot really
some light aplication of Shadows and hightlights
sharpen a little with USM
and resize the file for posting without any cropping .
Hope you like
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- [2005-04-10 13:04]
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
I wonder how many members know how difficult it is to get this lovely greens exposed correctly. Thie is so natural, excellent work, Robert. Very interesting write up as usual. I enjoyed reading of the controversial naming. :) Great shot.
All those greens how nice, good exposure and notes