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Cyclamen Persicum

Cyclamen Persicum
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Copyright: David White (dkaved) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-18
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70S, Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): flowers of israel [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-20 15:07
Viewed: 3849
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Took a walk at the weekend with my youngest girl down into the woods behind my house and was happy to discover that the forest floor was beginning to bloom.We noticed both Common Narcissus and Colchicum but then came accross this little fella - Persian Cyclamen

Cyclamen is a genus of 20 species of flowering plants, traditionally classified in the family Primulaceae, but in recent years reclassified in the family Myrsinaceae. The genus is most widely known by its scientific name cyclamen being taken into common usage; other names occasionally used include sowbread and sometimes, confusingly, persian violet (it is not related to the violets), or primrose (neither is it a primrose).

Cyclamen are native to the Mediterranean region from Spain east to Iran, and also in northeast Africa south to Somalia. They are perennial herbaceous aestivating plants, with a surface or underground tuber (derived from the hypocotyl) 4-12 cm diameter, which produces leaves in late winter, and flowers in the autumn; the leaves die down during the hottest part of the Mediterranean summer drought to conserve water. The leaves are rounded to triangular, 2-10 cm long and 2-7 cm broad, and usually variegated with a pale silvery horseshoe-shaped mark round the middle of the leaf. The variegation is thought by some botanists to be a form of natural disruptive camouflage to reduce grazing damage by animals. The flowers are produced in whorls of 3-10, each flower on a slender stem 3-12 cm tall, with five united petals; the petals are usually reflexed back 90° to 180° erect above the flower, and vary from white through pink to red-purple, most commonly pale pink. The fruit is a five-chambered capsule 1-2 cm diameter, containing numerous sticky seeds about 2 mm diameter. Natural seed dispersal is by ants, which eat the sticky covering and then discard the seeds. Cyclamens are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including The Gothic.

Cyclamen typically grow in dry forest or scrub, where they are at least partly shaded from intense sunlight. The species vary greatly in winter frost tolerance, with the hardiest species (C. hederifolium) tolerating temperatures down to -15°C, or -30°C if covered by snow; others, such as C. somalense from northeastern Somalia, do not tolerate any frost at all.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-20 15:36]

Hello David,
Magnificent flower close up.POV,details,colors,3D effect,framing and composition are wonderful.

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2006-11-20 15:56]

Hi David,

wonderfull catch and POV.
very good DOF and perfect sharpness and colours.


Hello David,

excellent photo, perfect details, very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo, perfect colors, g, POV DOF Nice work,

TFS Kyle

very nice, the flower and especially hte leaf at the bottom. dash, Ori

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-11-20 17:27]

Hola David, que buenos detalles, perfecto disparo y compo. Saludos

Preciosa y delicada flor. Una muy bella composición. Buena luz y colores perfectos. Saludos, JL.

Hello David,
This is a very beautiful capture. I like those colors, details, POV, DOF and composition a lot. It looks a bit like a painting. This is very, very nice. Thanks,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-11-21 7:44]

Hi David,
Still a wonderful flower-portrait. Absolutely perfect. I know that taking pictures of cyclamens is not easy at all.
Best regards

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-21 10:44]

Hi David
Beautiful Cyclamen very well captured. Pov, details, colors, dof, composition, lighting are wonderful. Great note too.
TFS, José M.

Hi Dave,
Keeping on the good work I see.
Very good combination, putting the flower, buds a leaf in the frame in a very nice way.
BG looks great - I would probably choose a darker background but your capture proves me wrong.
TFS - Shir

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-21 17:05]

Bella composición David con estético punto de vista y encuadre.
Buen foco, agudeza y control de la luz, con un fondo difuso que realza la la silueta de la flor y los pimpollos.
Se percibe un ligero ruido de fondo (al menos en mi monitor) tal vez originado en el uso de un ISO elevado, aunque no lo informas en el EXIF de la imagen.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Nice composition David with aesthetic point of view and framing.
Good focus, sharpness and control of the light, with a diffuse bottom that enhances the the silhouette of the flower and the buds.
A slight noise bottom is perceived (at least in my monitor) perhaps originated in the use of a high ISO, although you don't inform it in EXIF of the image.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

Hi David,
A beautiful photo with great colors and details. I like the way you used the leaves in the front to create more depth. The BG is a little distracting, especially the light in the back and the partial visable piece of grass on the left.

Hi David,
This is a great shot. Great sharpness, I amaze with your ability to manage a great sharpness in capturing a white flower against a pale BG. [is that because your last name 'White'? sorry, I am just kidding....]
Nicely DoF, very neat image.
Well composed picture.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-27 8:01]

Hi David,
I usually only see those in flowerpots, this is so much nicer seeing them in their natural enviroment. Nice composition with lovely OOF background Sharpness, details and colors are wonderful.


You have shown great control over the DOF and focus point. The colours are great and the green leaf has some wonderful detail in it. All in all very nicely done. The only nit is the twig (?) on the right which could easily been cloned out and the brighter spot in the BG which is not so easy to deal with.


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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2006-11-30 12:40]

Hi David,
Beautiful colours. Very nice details and sharpness. A fantastic shot
thanks paula

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