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My Miracle Lupin

My Miracle Lupin
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-12
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-05-24 1:55
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Russell Lupins / Lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus)

FOR BOB, who has been posting photos of Lupins in the USA right now

I had heard about the Russell Lupins / Lupines (Lupinus polyphyllus) growing on the banks of Lake Tekapo, in the South Island of New Zealand.

And I have seen many photos showing the lakeshore in stunning colours during the summer months when the Russell Lupins show off their pink, blue, orange, white, purple, red and sometimes yellow display of colours.

But I knew that when we went to Lake Tekapo we had no chance of seeing any at all, as we were travelling there in the second month of Autumn, April 2008.

Here are 2 TREK photos showing the spring / summer Lupins at Lake Tekapo.

But, here is my miracle Lupin. Among the many dead and dying lupin plants this ONE solitary Lupin flower was growing just for me. I was so excited to see it.

Along the lakeshore of Lake Tekapo, these Russell Lupins will reappear every year after dying off in the winter making the beauty around the region stunning every summer.

The Russell Lupins can grow to 1.5 meters in height with flowers that are displayed in rings which start at the base of the stem and then start to work their way up to the tips. The flowers that adorn the lakeshore of Lake Tekapo on the South Island of New Zealand seem to be in small groups but in areas elsewhere, fields can be covered with Russell Lupins for miles.

BTW, we pronounce and spell them LUPINS

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Jamesp: Thanks. . .Janice 1 05-25 02:53
To eqshannon: LuoinsJanice 1 05-24 21:55
To goldyrs: Nothing much left!Janice 1 05-24 21:51
To Royaldevon: Thank you for the WSJanice 1 05-24 02:33
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Hi Janice,
A lovely capture of this beautiful lupin flower. Excellent composition and very good details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Janice,

No wonder you were thrilled to find a single specimen and it is perfectly in flower!
I love lupins too and have just planted a white variety and a blue variety!

You have captured this flower really well. The details of the individual petals is fine and I love how the light from the left has created shadows and tonal variations on the right.

My only advice, if I may be so bold, is to mention the choice of style. With the horizontal, it feels as if the flower has got in the way of the view. I think portrait would alter this. I have done a little w/s. Please tell me what you think.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Janice

An excellent capture. Good detail and exposure. Expertly done. There were thousands in flower whenwe werethere :)


I am in Vancouver - middle of the night - jetlag!!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-24 3:31]

Hi Janice,
Beautiful capture,like 3D.Colors,BG,framing,your note and composition are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

Hola Janice, buena toma, donde el desenfoque del paisaje le da profundidad. Buen color y luz. Un saludo

Good shot. Purple Lupin matches the BG perfectly. Good depth of field.
Best regards,

Thanks much Janice...A fine close in and from your notes on mine a spectacular shot indeed and rare catch...There was a skit put together by Monty Python on Lupins or Lupines whichever....quite funny and ever since having seen it first, i always recognized them. funny how one thing influences another as a show did to me and now a picture by me did to you...small and intricate world!

Nicely framed, good technical quality and appealing DOF.

A lovely shot, Janice...the BG is simply superb...The subject is very well captured, but I can't help wondering what's below the flowers...And that's not to take anything away from this shot!

Hi Janice,

Wow what a specimen just beautiful, the colours are amazing, the light falling on the flowers is superb, and with the OOF scenery in the background just makes for a spectacular backdrop, excellent work, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-25 2:11]

Breath taking a capture. I love this sunbathed single lupine of yours standing in the foreground. And just as I look at and admire the sigle beauty,my eyes dart to see the BG, the lake and the mountains that are clearly visible.The best part is they do not distract the sight of the lupine, all of the elements in this composition seem to co-exist so well. REally wonderful.
Thanks for sharing this one....cheers

Very nice Janice!
I like the comp and DOF that has pulled in the BG so well, while still isolating the lupine in the frame.
Love the 5:00pm light from the side, great.
Very good detail and color, TFS this "miracle" with us today :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-25 6:45]

Hello Janice,
A fine capture of a solitary spray of Lupin flowers with an excllent OOF lake and mountain landscape BG that really sets it of nicely.
Lupins originate in the USA but have become wild garden escapes practically everywhere man has settled. We see large stands of them by roadsides in many parts of Sweden.
TFS this beauty,

Hi Janice, a well known flower! But so beautifully photographed by you!
The lupins are growing wild in Sweden nowadays, although I think their seeds have been spred from the gardens. But when I lived on Lupin-street outside Stockholm, I did not succeed to make the Lupins grow.
TFS Monica

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-26 4:20]

Hello Janice, Lovely capture of this beautiful lupin flower. The composition is beautiful and you have given beaitufl details. Ganesh smiley tomorrow

Lupines are one of my favorite wild flowers, I have a few that grow in my front yard and are blooming right now. I liked this view with the blurred background, showing the environment where it is growing. The strong sunlight makes it just glow!
Your note made me smile, I so often get thrilled over a special "find" while out hiking, or I'll notice wildflowers on the side of the road. My husband laughs at my excitement, but it's nice to see someone who understands, take care Janice, good to hear from you again.

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