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Biarum pyrami

Biarum pyrami
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Copyright: Ishi Talmon (Ishi) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-12
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D 80, AF-S VR Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED, 62 mm UV
Exposure: f/22, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-11-12 22:03
Viewed: 3193
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Biarum pyrami [Araceae] is one of a number of geophytes that bloom without leaves, before, or just after the first winter rains arrive. It has been very dry so far this “rainy season”. Note the dry background.

The structure of the flower is similar to other Arum family members, commonly known as “Jack in the Pulpit” flowers. The large colorful “leaf” is a spath, namely, a bract that covers the rhachis, the long dark stalk (about 10 cm tall in this specimen) that carries the flowers around its base. In this young specimen the spath is not completely open. Another, more mature specimen may be seen in the WS.

In the WS you may also see a close-up of another specimen with its masculine flowers spreading pollen. At that stage the flower exudes a carrion-like smell to attract flies, its pollinators. The feminine flower blooms later.

To bring out details under the conditions of very bright sunshine and very dark colors of spath and rhachis, I used flash fill-in.

All those pix were taken yesterday, Friday, 12 Nov. 2010. Due to a glitch with my camera, it appears as if they were taken in 2008...

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Interesting capture Ishi. The use of fill in flash in day light is largely ignored by many but here you just demonstrating perfectly how important the extra light can be. Bravo!
George Veltchev

nice young bloom, dash Ori

Hello Ishi,

an nice piture from this beautifu flower in natural surrounding.

good pov and sharpness.
Fine colours.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-11-13 6:09]

What an interesting species of flower, amazing one. Well captured. tfs.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-11-13 7:39]

Hello Ishi,
Both this and the WS images are fine shots of this species of leafless Biarum in flower. The colours and details show up well against the busy dry BG and the note is interesting.
Thanks for this interesting post and enjoy your weekend,

hello Ishi
very beautiful flower with great details and lovely colours
greeting lou

Bonjour Ishi,
Exercice difficile que de bien valoriser le sujet compte tenu de l'arrière plan et que tu résouds très bien sous une bonne lumière et une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-15 15:19]

Hi Ishi,how is nice and strange this arum,i like a lot the colors..and obviously your perfect pic taken from a very good pov and whit the usual top sharpness.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

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