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Dalmatian Toadflax

Dalmatian Toadflax
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-06
Categories: Flowers
Camera: LeicaDLUX4
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-07 17:24
Viewed: 3044
Points: 24
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*Note-This image is cropped by 75%
Dalmatian toadflax
Linaria dalmatica ssp. dalmatica

I got out of the car with camera and a CHAIR!!! I sat until I had been there for 20 minutes...in this way I had a chance to see so many more things that I rarely see when walking or standing in pain..

I had decided in advance to sit in front of this 20 foot tall wall of basaltic rock. Finding the right position was the trick...but once my eyes became accustomed...I saw nothing but colours, shapes and beauty!

The rocks are about 5 million years old and here at the image we are about 10 miles from a major volcanic vent which once existed and more than likely could be found today. It is all protected land and surveys are not likely to be done. On Google Earth or any geo map, this area looks MOST unusual.

The lichen is varied from inch to inch...and in some case I have patterns which look like perfect circles..not the one in the image which is much less than perfect...but lichen and Pascal must have had some ideas alike..the yellow flora which name is given in Latin above...is considered a Type II Noxious weed, but this is not cattle territory and the US Government does NO SPRAYING in areas where they protect wildlife.

Leica D-Lux4
ISO 200
Tripod Mount

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hello Bob

very beautiful photo of this flower superbly contrasted
with his background, fine POV, excellent sharpness
and details, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-07-07 19:34]

Howdy neighbor,
I feel privileged today to be between two great photographers!
You show wonderful contrasting images in this shot. The plant is very vibrant and colorful and the lichen has a completely different texture and appearance.
I have seen similar lichen on rock formations here in Ohio. If I'm correct the larger dark greenish plant growth to the right of the toadflax should have a velvety feel to it when you touch it.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-08 1:44]

Hi Bob,another artistic way to show a simple flower.This stone's background is very perfect to contrast wht the colors of this yellow specie,wonderful light and impressive sharpness.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano.

Namastay Bob,
A nice capture of the beautiful yellow flowers. Very good sharpness even at 75% crop. Very good composition too. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-08 5:22]

Hi Bob
That was an excellent approach it give beautiful result.When we quicly look at the rock it seem to be gray but when you take time to look at it it become amasing of all the colors that are there and that we were missing.Those yellow flower in the middle bring a big + to your composition.
TFS Michel

Hi Bob
I think I can help on the ID of this one - we have Toadflax here in the UK and the shape of the flowers in your image is quite different to what I'm familiar with. My best guess is that this is a member of the Hypericum family - more than likely H.perforatum, common name 'St John's Wort'. Globally it's a widespread species.
Whatever it is, it makes for a nice image as it stands out well from the rocky background.
Kind Regards

Hello Bob,
Whether foreground with Dalmatian toadflax or background with bio-diversity of lichens; its amazing to see your observations. Excellent geological info too. TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-07-08 16:15]

Hi Bob,

You wouldn't sit outside here for 20 minutes! We are melting and it's supposed to be even worse by this weekend. My camera is having a rest. The plant is beautiful but I am fascinated by the patterns of the Basaltic Rock. The yellow and green are a wonderful contrast to the rock.


Hello Bob,
The rock appears to be a section of an ancient sea bed as there are many different rocks within their host. At the trek meet we were, Peter, Dorothee, and I were led into a valley where the sea bed was exposed due to the earth's movement during the time of the Table Mountain Slide in the Columbia River Gorge near Cascade Locks, and this rock appears to be the same as those that were in and above that creekbed. You have captured many interesting shapes and values in this minute section of your stay, an excellent look into what lies before us if we take the time to open our eyes and digest what it is that we are surrounded.
Great shot...

Hello Bob,
you love the attentive observation and the artisitc interpretation "about nature through photography", very good sharpness, i like the splendid contrast of the very beautiful colours in a perfect composition.
Best regards

Bonjour Bob,
Le sujet est bien mis en valeur par son opposition sur l'arrière plan mais le cadrage un peu trop large me paraît nuire à la perception des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Bob,

The subject is well framed. The view is showing the details and colors of this lonely Dalmatian Toadflax flowers. It is clear and sharp. The intensity of the light is enhancing the colors of the picture. Have a nice day.


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