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Viola occulta

Viola occulta
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Copyright: Ori Fragman Sapir (fragman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3032 W: 11 N: 2351] (43778)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-08
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/22, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-22 1:09
Viewed: 3876
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Violas of Israel are all tiny, but very charming. Viola occulta is extremely rare, found locally only in a handful of sites.
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Shalom MF Ori,

Awesome close-up capture of this delicate Viola from wonderful POV with flawless details and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice week!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-22 3:55]

Hi Ori,
beautiful small yellow flowers in good sunlight. well composed against the natural background.


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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2010-03-22 10:06]

Hello Ori,
Nice photo, good visible all the details of the flower. In my country it's very common and in fields is considered as weed.
Best regards, Pawel

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-03-22 12:09]

Splendid photo of this Viola, great natural colors and very good details!

Dr. Ori Fragman Sapir,
What a quaint little golden beauty.
We have something "similar" here in Alberta. We call it the Buffalo bean.
I had posted it sometime ago. They look so very similar and quite common in Alberta. You will recognize this at once. They are definitely NOT THE SAME.
Thermopsis rhombifolia, also known as Golden Bean, Buffalo Bean, Wet Tooth, and Buffalo Flower, is a hardy perennial native to the North American plains. A member of the pea family, it grows in grassland, hillsides, and patchy woodland areas to a height of about 30 cm, and produces bright yellow golden flowers about a centimetre long. The flowers were commonly used by the natives as a source of yellow dye and were boiled in a tea as a cure for stomach ailments for people and horses. The plant has toxic properties if ingested; symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, dizziness, and abdominal pain.

This plant is a beautiful addition to an early spring garden, but is extremely aggressive and must be contained.

Many years ago we also saw something very similar in Turkey. Wonder if it was the "Viola Occulta"???

Your compostion is MOST BEAUTIFUL, indeed!!!

Mario with peace in his heart for you & our beloved ISRAEL.

Ciao Ori. Good contrast between coloured lightning flower in FG and the stones in shadows. Nice compo.


Hi ori,

The netherlands violinds are also small and tiny.
Good pov.


Hi Ori,
I just love Violas and this is a beautiful capture. I like the fact that you photographed the whole plant and not just the flowers. Good composition and detail. Next time when I visit Israel I will be spending more time photographing than site seeing. Well done and thanks for sharing.

Bonjour Ori,
Très belle présentation du sujet dans son environnement sous un excellent angle de prise de vue.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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