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Summer before the snow

Summer before the snow
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Copyright: Marie Proue (marieproue) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 564 W: 67 N: 437] (3674)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-08
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, Canon 100mm F2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-11-09 7:54
Viewed: 5388
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Pilosella aurantiaca (orange hawkweed, tawny hawkweed, Devil's paintbrush or fox and cubs) is a perennial plant native to alpine regions of central and southern Europe, where it is protected in several regions.

It is a low-growing plant with shallow fibrous roots and a basal rosette of elliptical to lanceolate leaves 5–20 cm long and 1–3 cm broad [1]. The flowering stem is usually leafless or with just one or two small leaves. The stem and leaves are covered with short stiff hairs (trichomes), usually blackish in colour. The stems may reach a height of 60 cm and have 2–25 capitula (flowerheads), each 1–2½ cm diameter, bundled together at the end of short pedicels. All parts of the plant exude a milky juice.

The plants propagates through its wind-dispersed seeds, and also vegetatively by stolons and shallow rhizomes

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-09 11:38]

This is a really beautiful shot Marie!
The colours are so vivid and rich.
I think the dark BG makes these colours stand out excellently.
The sharpness is an important factor for this photo.
It is very detailed and defined with crisp edges and great clarity.
Very good composition.
Nothing wrong with this shot at all :D
Well done!
Have a great weekend.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-09 11:44]

Hello Marie
What beautiful flowers and beautiful composition!
I love that intense orange of the petals against the green bg.
Excellent job!

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-09 13:00]

Hello Marie,
One beautiful species
This is one fantastic composition with beautiful contrast and colors
great background


Hi Marie, lovely trion with wonderful colors and splendid light, superb blurry BG, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-09 14:04]

Superbly rich colours really make this pop, Marie!
Fabulous composition and details too

Thanks for this hearkening back to summer, Marie. Snow is looming :)

Nice triangular composition and excellent DOF control, especially at bottom and right. Colors and contrasts are good, and an excellent note to cap it off.


Bonjour Marie,
Excellent DOF on this beautiful captured!
perfect sharpness, vivid colour and so much details
thanks for the wonderful and useful notes
well done and TFS
have a great weekend, my friend Marie!

Salut Marie,
Je t'invite d'abord à aller voir ma réponse à ton commentaire sur «Harvest is comming soon»...
Pour ce qui est de cette photo, elle permet d'apprécier (ou de se souvenir) des belles journées d'été! Superbes couleurs, on dirait des petits soleils au coucher :-) Superbes couleurs... Je me suis permi d'ajouter une variante à ta photo (workshop) j'espère que tu aimeras!
À plus!


Hi Marie,
very nice of you to share these flowers with us as it will soon be winter and this is just what my upload from yesterday was meant to do,remind us of the now past summer-this you have done well with the focus,colour and details looking wonderful.Thank you for this reminder. Bob

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-09 20:26]

Hello Marie

A lovely shot of this orange hawkweed.The focus is sharp with very good detail in the florets.
The POV and DOF are excellent.The OOF BG is super.
Nicely composed in the frame.
The lighting and colours are beautiful.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-09 22:27]
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Beautiful colors and composition, Marie!
Fantastic combination of the flowers with the dark green BG. Great lighting and spot on focusing with the low aperture.
Well done and thanks!

One question: does this grow wild in Quebec?
Have a good weekend,

Hello Marie,

You have worked the 3 rule very well in your composition! The colours are vibrant, the images are sharp at the front and blurring slightly as they recede, and the light is good.

Personally, I would have cropped a little from the top but that does not detract from the beauty of the flowers!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-10 10:27]

Salut Marie,
Magnifique fleurs! J'en vois souvent dans les Laurentides et j'ignorais leurs nom,merci de me le dévoiler. :)
Superbe couleur orangé qui ressort bien du fond foncé.
Beau Travail!

Such a lovely vibrant image, with great colour and bg...
Nicely composed too.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-10 13:59]

Bonjour Marie, très jolies ces fleurs, la photo leur rend bien justice avec une belle composition, une belle lumière et des couleurs remarquables. Du beau travail !


Hi Marie,
I love this sunny shot - I also have these flowers in my garden - it's the pest because it's growing everywhere - but the blossoms are so nice and so attractive for some butterflies.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-10 15:00]

Salut MarieQuel belle présentation.L,image est nette ete les details sont excellent.J'aime bien les couleurs et l'excellent arrire plan.
Merci Michel

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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2007-11-10 18:36]

Bonjour Marie,
J'aime les belle couleurs de cette fleure. Le BG rehausse les couleurs.

Coucou Marie,
cela fait du bien de faire un petit saut dans la saison estivale,
les couleurs sont vives et chaudes, la lumière excellente, le focus très bon et le background fait très bien ressortir cette jolie Epervière
Bravo et merci de ces quelques rayons de soleil, ca fait du bien ici il fait abominable

Hello Marie,
A beautiful trio, so well presented!
Great colours and fine details in the delicate flowers, a well composed presentation with an attractive background!
Pablo -

bonjour marie
ah merci,ça fait du bien de voir cela en ce moment,dehors c'est la grisaille et la pluie.
jolies couleurs et belle composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-11 8:26]

Hi Marie,

Very pretty flowers - the orange and yellow are beautiful. They are magnificent on the black background. Lovely composition.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-11-11 9:17]
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Bonjour Marie,
Voilà une fleur que je connais bien puisque chaque été elle orne le pré devant mon chalet. J'ai dans mes archives presque la même photo:-) Belle composition et des couleurs harmonieuses.Est-ce qu'elle croit à l'état sauvage chez vous, puisque c'est une plante européenne?
Merci et bonne après-midi

Hi Marie,

A very simple and vert effectice shot. I love the colours and the light and the composition and simple, soft background works extremely well. A very pleasing image.

Kind regards,


Unos colores fabulosos que contrastan a la perfección con el bg.
Agradable presentación Marie.
Saludos, JL.

Bonjour Marie,

C'est un véritable rayon de soleil que tu nous offres là !

Merci !


encore moi
mais excuse d'avoir raté cette belle image, elle nous donne du baume au coeur en pensant au printemps a venir
bravo pour ces jolies couleurs, dommage que tu n'est pas ajouté un petit cadre, mais pas grave
bises a+
je posterai ce soir

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-14 6:32]

Hi Marie,
Beautiful flowers with such rich and glowing colours and sharp details. Superb lighting and the darkish BG really does highlight the flowers. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Marie,
A well presented image of this flowers, good colors and prise de vue macro, this is a great picture and well composed and sharpness image. very well done.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-14 18:31]

Hello Marie,
Simple and simply beautiful, colorful, sharp and allaround eye catching, thanks for sharing.

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