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Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-30
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-08 7:20
Viewed: 3762
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Although this is not a seasonal image, it is one that I saved for this week.

In Canada we will be observing "Remembrance Day" on Sunday; it is a day to commemorate the Canadians who lost their lives in war, particularly the two world wars.

When I was growing up it was one of the two days of the year that I dreaded with all my being.
You see, I was not born in Canada. I was born in Germany.
When my friends chanted peace slogans in the 60s, I joined them willingly and I still consider myself a pacifist.
Wars are not won by who is right. They are won by the last one standing.

So I would like to dedicate this image to those whose lives were lost in the service of their native countries, whether they were sacrificed willingly or unwillingly.

The flower is Myosotis sylvatica or Wood Forget-me-not, a species that flourishes here where it has naturalized many generations ago, having been introduced by European settlers.

As for the common name, according to Wikipedia: "The name was borrowed from Old French "ne m'oubliez pas" and first used in English in c.1532. Loans and translations of it can be found in most European and some non-European languages, like German "Vergissmeinnicht", Italian "Nontiscordardimé", Polish "Niezapominajki", Slovak "Nezábudky", Danish "Forglem-mig-ej", Swedish "Förgätmigej", Dutch "vergeet-mij-nietje", Spanish "no-me-olvides", Russian "Незабудки", Bulgarian “Незабравки”, Lithuanian "Neužmirštuolės", Greek "Μη με λησμονείς" (also connected to the people who died during the 1974 events in Cyprus), Esperanto "neforgesumino", Chinese "勿忘草" (wu wang cao), Korean "물망초" (勿忘草, mul mang cho), Japanese "勿忘草" (Wasurenagusa), Hebrew "זכריני" (Zichrini), Persian "فراموشم مکن" (farâmusham nakon), Hungarian "Nefelejts", Turkish "Unutma Beni" etc."

Peace, Pax, Salaam, Shalom to all of you.

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hello silke,
what a lovely floral shot, i liked the framing and the use of natural light very well, sharp image, beautiful colours, lovely composition,

this dedication is well thought of and well deserved too,

well done,
tfs & regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-08 7:29]

Hi Silke,

Wonderful notes to go along with this beautiful dedication. The flowers are gorgeous - beautiful colors, excellent details and a superb composition. This would make a fantastic card.


Excellent and Beautiful.!.

Hello Silke
Veyr intersting spieces to shoot,
Great focusing,composition,exposure,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

i wont..and turn down that hi fi..:)
cool shot flaxen one..crisp and well presented
la paz!

And how could I forget you? NOT! This new presentation method works very well. I tried it with a couple of mine and it didn't look so good, so it is only for certain photos which you alone have an eye for...

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-08 8:11]

Hi Silke,
both my grandfathers fought in World War 2 against the Nazi's and this is a lovely sentiment to remember those who died. Luckily both of mine made it though alive, although i wouldn't say unscathed.
A delicate composition and subject matter, wonderfully exposed to reveal the natural beauty of these little flowers.

Hi Silke, elegant composition with lovely flowers, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, superb presentation, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello silke
A lovely shot with a thought provoking note.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-08 9:33]

oooo they have in english the same name of italian !! i have same flowers in my gallery,yours is better,thanks for share,Luciano

Hi Silke,
Nicely exposed and composed.
Beautiful light and color.
Great presentaion and sentiment
Well done :-)

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-11-08 10:56]

hallo silke, das sind aber ein paar wunderschöne Vergissmeinnicht! :-) and a great dedication.
i really like how they are capturing the sunlight and the tender blue blossoms stand out of the green surrounding.
lovely job & viele grüße, thor.

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  • kessi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 80 W: 5 N: 74] (221)
  • [2007-11-08 12:21]

Hallo Silke,
What a touching note and what a beautiful image.
The flowers are so in keeping with the dedication.
A wonderful composition of lovely flowers that brings out all their beauty.


Bonjour Silke,

Très joli focus sur ces myosotis.Je ne suis pas fan des photos de fleurs,mais la composition de celle-ci m'a attirée, et j'en suis heureuse car elle est vraiment très réussie.Merci pour ce joli partage printanier :o)


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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 0:03]
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Hello Silke,
I like the composition, lighting and colours of this fine presentation of the Forget-me-not. A really beautiful reminder of summer!
I didn't know it was introduced into N. America.
Yes we must remember people who lost their lives in the hope of a better world. I believe in England they use the poppy for this purpose.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-09 0:35]

Hello Silke,
There couldn't be a better post for Remembrance day!! This is a wonderful capture, the flowers really stand out against the dark background and the colours are beautiful. I like the grasses in the background too and the composition is excellent.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2007-11-09 3:10]

Hi Silke,
very nice flowers, good DOF and colours. I like it.
Gr., Aleksander

Hi Silke,

A nice image of the flowers and your note is very good. The photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


Hello Silke,
Very close-up shot of this beautiful 물망초, with excellent focusing and lovely colours.
Also, very nice composition & POV, well presented with nice frame.
This flowers are very beautiful with precious dedication.
TFS and regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-09 10:18]

Hello . good picture i will return internet problems.


Well done - great frame and text that work perfectly. Another fantastic shot...super clear with great light and colors.

As usual an super composition for these little pretty flowers ( they remember me a freind of mine that she dead many years ago, all the time when I see forget me not I thig about her), super color and details.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-09 19:59]

Hello Silke

This is a beautiful image.The lighting is wonderful.
The colours are well saturated,the focus is sharp with excellent details.
Nicely composed and well framed and presented.
The POV and DOF are very well done.


HI Silke,
I love this shot, and I love those tiny flowers so much. I can't wait until the will be back again. But today everything is white outside, cold and wet, brrrrr.
So thanks for your wonderful shot, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Silke,
Beautiful flowers of Forget Me Nots. Very good composition. Nice colours and light effect.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

Hi Silke!

The "Vergissmeinnicht" - I call it by this name in my mother-tongue - is such a beautiful flower. We have it everywhere in my countryside, but I'm always pleased and delighted when I see it. I often have tried to take a picture of it, but never was satisfied. I would be it if this would be mine...

Kind regards


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-11-14 7:32]

merhaba myfriend Silke...
Wonderful notes to go along with this beautiful dedication. The flowers are gorgeous - beautiful colors

Now experiencing cardiac arrest at this photo because I never knew it was here...but is it's my fault for being so narrowly focused on other things. You hide your talents my dear.... very sneaky..I must say, now that I have discovered your talent I will endlessly harass you for more.. I know your number!... This is stunning... I simply MUST have more... you know where to find me....

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