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Digitalis purpurea

Digitalis purpurea
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-01
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(pink) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-23 4:02
Viewed: 5377
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Lamiales
Family: Plantaginaceae
Genus: Digitalis
Species: D. purpurea

Digitalis is a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous biennials, perennials and shrubs that was traditionally placed in the figwort family Scrophulariaceae. Due to new genetic research, Mike Niewahner has declared it has now been placed in the much enlarged family Plantaginaceae. The genus is native to Europe, western and central Asia and northwestern Africa.

The members of this genus are known in English as foxgloves. The scientific name means "finger-like", and refers to the ease which a flower of Digitalis purpurea can be fitted over a human fingertip. "Foxglove" has a similar origin, seen as a suitable glove for a fox paw.


Depending on the species the digitalis plant may contain approximately a dozen deadly physiological and chemically related cardiac and steroidal glycosides. Thus, the digitalis has earned several more sinister monikers: "Dead Man’s Bells", and "Witches’ Gloves".

The entire plant is toxic (including the roots and seeds), although the leaves of the upper stem are particularly potent, with just a nibble being enough potentially to cause death. Early symptoms of ingestion include nausea, vomiting, anorexia, diarrhea, abdominal pain, wild hallucinations, delirium, and severe headache.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-23 4:06]

Hola Shir,
Magnífica foto con un punto de vista que deja ver toda la flor en detalle aprovechando la diagonal. El color y los detalles están muy bien y el fondo se ve -lo cual da información del lugar- sin molestar.
Un saludo, José M.
PS. Encantado de ver tus envíos de nuevo.

Hi Shir,
Blurry BG makes the flowers stand out. Great shot: sharp and nice details. Well composed. Nicely framed.

Ben Lakitan

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-09-23 10:51]

Hey mate,
Wondering when you were finally going to make an upload.Well it was well worth the wait!Beautifully positioned and composed with the diagonal alignment.I like how the lower open flowers seem to extend out of the image.The colour is very soft and looks very natural.The background at left maybe a touch distracting being a bit too clear.Good stuff!
Regards, David

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-09-23 17:00]

Que hermosa es esa flor, y que magnífico encuadre... buen trabajo Shir. muchos saludos

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-24 8:07]

Una bella imagen Shir con excelente profundidad de campo y gran sentido estético.
Bellos tonos, intensos pero naturales con adecuado encuadre y composición.
Saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful image Shir with excellent field depth and great sense aesthetic.
Beautiful tones, intense but natural with appropriate framing and composition.
Greetings... Ricardo

... tomorrow

Hello Shir
Your Digitalis has awesome colours, rich and sharp. I like the composition, the way the blooms are horizontal across your photo. The background colours are natural and soft. Very pretty.
TFS Janice

Hermosa planta que has puesto con gran detalle.
Me gusta mucho la forma en diagonal en que la has fotografiado ya que de esta manera cubre una mayor superficie.
Saludos amigo Shir

Most common were I live, children play with it "poping" the flowers, and manipulating the plant witout knowing the risk!
I read about this toxicity few years ago and was amazed thinking how many times I put the flowers or branches in the mouth while poping the flowers :o
One tea with a leaf or two and you will have a no return trip.
Very nice photo, excellent note. Thanks.

Beautiful flower. Well depicted with good sharpness in a simple compo.

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