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Lily of the valley

Lily of the valley
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Copyright: Alain Thibodeau (Athila) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2000
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon F3, Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/3.5, Ektachrome
Exposure: 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herbs used in medicine [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-14 15:34
Viewed: 6947
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
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Lily of the valley

Convallaria majalis, commonly known as the Lily of the Valley, is a flowering plant in the family Ruscaceae, the sole member of the genus Convallaria. It is native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe and North America. It is a herbaceous perennial plant that forms extensive colonies by spreading by underground roots called rhizomes. These send up numerous stems each spring. The stems grow to 15-30 cm tall, with two leaves 10-25 cm long, and a raceme of 5-15 flowers on the stem apex. The flowers are white (rarely pink), bell-shaped, 5-10 mm diameter, and sweetly scented; flowering is in late spring. The fruit is a small red berry 5-7 mm diameter.

It is a popular garden plant, grown for the scented flowers.

The leaves and flowers contain cardiac glycosides that have been used in medicine for centuries. In overdose preparations can be poisonous; pets and children can be harmed by eating Lily of the Valley.

Lily of the Valley is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Grey Chi.

The flower is also known as Our Lady's tears since, according to legend, the tears Mary shed at the cross turned to Lilies of the Valley. According to another legend, Lilies of the Valley also sprang from the blood of St. Leonard during his battle with the dragon. Other names include May Lily, May Bells, Lily Constancy, Ladder-to-Heaven, Male Lily and Muguet.

By tradition, Lily of the Valley is sold in France in the streets on May 1st. Since 1982, Lily of the Valley is the national flower of Finland. It is the official flower of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity

The name "Lily of the Valley" is also used in some English translations of the Bible in Song of Songs 2:1, although whether the Hebrew word "shoshana" originally used there refers to this species or not is uncertain.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lily_of_the_valley

Technical data:

Camera : Nikon F3
Accessory-1 : Black BG
Lens : 55mm f/3.5 Micro-Nikkor
F/stop : Not recorded
Shutter speed : 1/60 sec (synch speed)
Tripod: Manfroto
Flash : SB-14 manual mode
Film : Ektachrome
Flatbed Scanner: Epson 4180

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To duckpond: No PP for the blackAthila 2 11-16 15:31
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Nice shot, good composition and excellent framing. Also good DOF

The black background contrasts very well with the white flowers. Was it that dark or did you do some PP?


Hi Alain,
this is so beautiful, one of my favourite flowers in spring. They are so fragile and with such a good smell, hmmmmmm.
This shot reminds me to some porcellan-flower, they are perfect. Light and sharpness are excellent, thanks I enjoyed it very much
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Lovely shot Alain,
The Exposure is perfect, the details are very clear and very sharp. Very nice image on a black BG.
Very well framed and accompanied with good notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

That's why you managed a beauty from slide, Epson!!!
The results are fantastic. Your controlled whites are perfect. Excellent composition and details.
I like it when folk post quality scanned images.
On my wish list.


Wonderful shot with a great note, Alain! I like the way you have contrasted the white flowers with black background! Perfect uneasy exposure. TFS and greetings from Poland! Michal

This is beautiful!
Photo is very clear, black BG works great. Framing, POV, lighting are superb.
I like it very much.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-15 14:05]

wauuu beautiful shot
I like it very much.
Thanks for sharing
regards Libor

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-16 2:20]

Hello Alain!
Very nice flower close up.Details on white,dark BG,contrast,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS..:-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-11-16 4:38]

Hi Alain, I am drawn to your flowers... These show such beauty and softness. The colours and composition are stunning, especially against the dark BG. Very well shown, thank you.

Hi Alain,
A stunningly beautiful composition. Perfect framing. The colors are soft, subtle and right on the money. I like that it is not sharpened to hard either. Perfect!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-18 4:27]

Appréciation personnelle pour la photo: très bonne.
Pouvoir d'évocation en moi: très fort.
Tr;s bon impact visuel.
Pertinence de la photo pour le site: excellente.
Appréciation personnelle pour la note: complète.
Merci Alain.

Beautiful, my grandmother had a huge patch. I grew them in all my gardens..... They are so perfect!

Hello Alain

Brilliant shot. Very well composed. Perfect exposure and nicely presented. Good work. TFS.

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  • [2005-11-26 10:26]

Hi! Alain,
This is my favourite scent, which is timeless. I have tried to grow this plant here in Ireland and have always failed.
Your technical approach and presentation is faultless with a wonderfull supporting Note.
Thank you for sharing this beauty.

Wonderful macro on one of my favorite flowers. They are perennial which makes me enjoy them every year! I love the dark background which really makes the flowers pop.


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