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Pushing Spring

Pushing Spring
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Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 137 N: 804] (3107)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-11
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Kodak Easyshare LS753
Exposure: f/3.0, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-12 11:07
Viewed: 3416
Points: 18
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My sister Julie and I took a hike at Tom McCall Nature Preserve near The Dalles, Oregon. She was hoping to catch some more photos of wildlife, specifically deer. We were greeted with fields and fields full of these lovely little purple Grass Widows, poking their heads up over the snow in some places. I can't wait to go back when the snow is gone and see this lovely sight covering the hillsides.

Photo: Cropped, brightened, increased contrast, resized, sharpened.

From: Wildflowers of the olumbia River Gorge

Grass Widow: Olsynium douglasii

Grass widows are beautiful early spring wildflowers to 12 inches tall. The stems arise singly or in small clusters, somewhat flattened in cross-section, and bearing several simple, parallel-veined leaves. The leaves are as tall as the stem, or often shorter.

The one to three flowers are deep purplish-red to occasionally white or white with purplish stripes. The six tepals are regular (same shape), expanding to greater than the diameter of a quarter. They are rounded at the tip. This differs from the variety inflatum, which has pointed tips to the tepals. The 3 yellow tipped stamens are shorter than the elongated style, which is 3-pronged at the tip. The filament tube is only slightly enlarged above the base. This differs from its cousin, Olsynium inflatum, which has an enlarged filament tube near the base and pointed tips to the petals.

Sisyrinchium douglasii var. douglasii was discovered near Celilo Falls in 1826 by David Douglas, for which the plant is named.

Dry open areas which are seasonally wet during the early spring.

On the eastern slopes of the Cascades from northern Kittitas County, WA south to Wasco County, OR, and through the Willamette Valley west of the Cascades to northern California and northwards to the San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island.

In the Columbia River Gorge, it may be found between 100'-3000' from about Bonneville to the east end of the gorge.

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Hi Lori,
great colour and detail with a good low perspective.


Beautiful pic, a little too dark. Thanks, Ori

Hello Lori,
What a beautiful and colorful photo, water drops are very nice! Details, sharpness, POV and composition are perfect. Well done Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-03-12 13:56]

Hi Lori,
very nice macro. I like the colours and sharpness, good composition. Beautiful flower.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hi Lori,
wow, this flower is phantastic, so brilliant colours, a perfect contrast to the white snow.
We had the same idea to present a fresh flower with hope for spring coming soon ;-)
Thanks, I love it
Sabine - wishnugaruda

  • Robbrown Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
  • [2006-03-12 16:26]

Yours is better than her post ;0)), the colours are so strong and the sideways POV and water droplets add to the feel against the OOF snow
sorry well out of points

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-12 16:39]

Yes, yes, yes Lori, we're all waiting for spring! Beautifull flower, very colorfull and sharp. I like composition with snow in BG and little waterdrops on petals.

Hi Lori,
This is a nice image...love the drops. I'll be up in the gorge next week, I'll try to check out this Preserve. Thanks

Very nice photo. Great composition and focus is good on the flower. Too bad we didn't see those deer until it was dark!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-17 20:56]
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Hi Lori
Magnificent little widow. Another one of those snow crawling shots.
Very good composition with the stems coming in from the corners and the little flower hanging into the picture. You got the white of the snow in just the right spot to accentuate the lovely purple colour of the bud. Great DOF and the exposure were very well handled.
Good work and TFS.

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