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Teucrium pseudochamaepytis

Teucrium pseudochamaepytis
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Copyright: Jose Rodriguez (jmp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-05
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S9500, Digital ISO 80
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/450 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): workshops photos with minimum 3 points, Flower(white)II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-13 8:25
Viewed: 4785
Points: 55
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Teucrium pseudochamaepytis
Common name: Cat Thyme
(Nota en español más abajo)

Teucrium is a genus of perennial plants, of the family Lamiaceae. These species are herbs, shrubs or subshrubs. They are native to the Mediterranean region. Common names for this genus include germanders.

A unique feature of this genus among Lamiaceae is that the flowers completely lack the upper lip of the corolla, although it is somewhat reduced also in other genera (Ajuga among them).

Teucrium species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the Coleophora case-bearers C. auricella and C. chamaedriella (the latter feeds exclusively on T. chamaedrys).

Taken from Wikipedia

Nombre común: Hierba de la cruz

Teucrium is a género de plantas perennes de la familia Lamiaceae, de porte arbustivo o herbáceo, común en hábitats insolados tipo tomillar o formando parte del sotobosque e incluso empleado en jardinería (T. fruticans). El género consta de 66 especies, muchas con gran diversificación subespecífica, siendo la Península Ibérica una de las áreas más ricas y con mayor grado de endemismo: igual sucede con la especies europeas (alrededor de 50) [1]. Una característica diagnóstica del género es la ausencia del labelo superior en sus flores bilabiadas, típicas de la familia.
Tomado de Wikipedia

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thank you very much to Tugrul Koruklu that identificated this flower.

Levels adjusted, cropped, sharpened, downsized
EXIF data: Aperture priority, Metering Mode=Spot, Flash=Of, Focal Length=76

Silke, Alex99, hester, loot, JoseMiguel, valy67, anavazao, JORAPAVI, uleko, SkyF, Isu, marhowie has marked this note useful
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To loot: About PPjmp 3 07-15 10:49
To koruklu: Thank you so much ...jmp 1 07-13 11:12
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Hello Tony,
This a beautiful subject. The composition is excellent and the blurred BG is nice. I would like to see a sharper focus though.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-13 9:34]
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I am sorry to say that I cannot help you with the ID of this beauty. I love the colours and the soft BG, but the shallow dof has lost you some of the sharpness in the foreground petals. Why did you select f/5?

Superb composition, TFS

I think Teucrium pseudochamaepytis (Lamiaceae) Cat Thyme. TFS, good work.

Hello José M,
A delicate flower, where the good point of view gives a very good impression of the plant!
The macro work is well done with fine details in the subject, nicely blurred back...
Good composition, nicely balanced!
Pablo -

También lo desconozco, pero buenos detalles y magníficos colores. Muy suaves.
Tiene la pinta de ser una de esas flores que carecen de importancia porque apenas nos fijamos en ellas, de ahí nuestro desconocimiento general.
Buen fin de semana, JL.

nie species, is it similar to Teucrium fruticosum. greetings, Ori

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-13 12:48]

Hola José,
sobre todo original tu flor de hoy,
el bg, parece una acuarela,
preciosos detalles y nitidez...
y disfruta este fin de semana

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-14 0:47]

Hi Jose,
Beautiful flower. Though the focus is a bit soft the details are impressive and set against the darkish BG it stands out pretty well. Very interesting shape of the flower, the petals in particular. Excellent POV to capture it and a superb composition. Kudos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-14 9:37]

Hi Jose.
You managed to found amazing subject for shooting. I am impressed with beautifulness of this plant and flower. It is enough to say, Bravo. Composition/ framing of this the shot is outstanding, the best. Delicate lighting and colour are great. Level of sharpness is selected precisely and suits for pictured scene greatly. Refined art masterpiece. My congratulations and best regards.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-14 11:50]

Hi Jose

Great POV showing off the lovely shape of this flower. The dark green blurred BG really sets it off



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-14 19:20]

Hello Jose

A beautiful close up of this Cat thyme.I am not familiar with this flower.The shape of the flower is unique and very beautiful.Wonderful POV and DOF.The details are sharp and the subtle colours are excellent.The textures of the plant show very well.Nicely done.TFS


Buena composición y documento. Veo que has despertado el interés por los comentarios. Publicas poco últimamente. Me voy a traducir la crítica de esta foto que te ha hecho "loot" ya que como pone tantas cosas me pica la curiosidad. Abrazo José.

Hi José Miguel

I am glad Tugrul could help you with the ID for this attractive little flower. This is what makes TrekNature such a great site. Somehow there is always someone or somebody, somewhere or someplace, who knows something that some of us sometimes do no know. Isn't that somewhat of a rather auspicious outcome? (Chuckle)

Although a number of the previous critiquers addressed the DOF issue (and they are probably right) I think the slight nit rather resides in the fact that you apparently did not do much PP. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it really seems as if this photo was posted straight from the camera. I will repeat verbatim what I said to Rick Price (just yesterday). "Remember that the censor of a digital camera does not see a scene the same way the human eye or for that matter of fact the way conventional film sees it. The sensor tends to render it somewhat dull and unsharp and therefore we need to do some basic optimisation (PP) to a photo just to pep it up (at least) as far as colour and contrast are concerned. Anyway, I am sure you know this all and maybe it was just a time constraint".

I like the composition and the POV, but considering what I just said above I can maybe explain a little more about the posting and the apparent lack of PP. Please do not see this as negative criticism, but purely as an attempt to try and assist you with some positive feedback and hopefully some sound advice. The photo has a dullness (lack of colour saturation) and this is compounded by the perceptible deviation in the white balance as there is a bluish hue present on the photo. Maybe that was due to an overcast day and the possible fact that you did not adjust the "white balance" for the specific conditions. Further the details are soft and that again reflects on the absence of PP. By optimising the "Levels", the "Saturation", the "Contrast", the "Brightness", the "Sharpness", and by reducing the noise in the BG (yes, even at ISO80 it seems like the sensor picked up some noise probably due to the soft lighting conditions) you will find that you actually have quite a different and very acceptable photo.

Now have a look at my workshop and see if you agree with the above assessment.

Anyway, good attempt MF and TFS.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-16 15:24]

Hi Jose,
I like the composition and the exposure on the white flower is good. It is very unusual and interesting subject. The workshop by Loot was good to sharpen it just a bit. Best Wishes.

Hola Jose,
Hermosa composision me agradan los colores
suaves, el fondo borroso le da un buen
contraste, gracias por compartirla.

The movement here is so elegant and the photo very sharp, it's a bit sad that this so beautiful flower was in the shade...

Hi José Miguel,
Una singular y bella flor para esta presentación!
Me parece muy bueno el hecho de que seas fiel a tu estilo, de retratar a las flores y plantas de la manera mas natural posible. No se, es algo que se aprecia.
Al parecer no había mucha luz ese día en ese momento, sin embargo lograste sacar lo mejor de la flor, con ese excelente punto de vista donde se aprecian todas sus partes.
Enhorabuena por la foto y por tu recuperación, a ver si progresivamente vas recuperando para tu fotografía el tiempo que ahora inviertes en la fisioterapia.
Un gran saludo,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-18 4:52]

Hola José,
Even though Loot's WS is an improvement, you have made a fine capture of a Cat Thyme flower with good sharpness lighting and composition.
Un gran saludo,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-07-18 11:52]

Hola Jose !
Estaflor es tan hermosa ! Me gusta su forma y sus colores, blanca con un poco de rosa. Pienso que la foto es un poco obscura, pero solo es mi opinion. El fondo borroso pone la flor en valor. Composicion y punto de vista son excelente.
Agradecidos y saludos,

Bonjour Jose
C'est une espèce très interessante, endémique de l'ouest méditerranéen. Elle est protégée en France, où on ne la connait que dans quelques secteurs limités de Provence. La photo est très réussie et montre bien l'anatomie particulière des fleurs de Teucrium.

não sei que flor é esta mas é muito delicada, penso que está um pouco escura mas os pormenores estão muito bons! Fica bem Ana:)

Hi Jose, splendid flower with excellent sharpness, great blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hola José,
Curiosa forma la que tiene esta florecilla, Buena nitidez donde se aprecian muy bien los detalles, buen contraste con el fondo, muy completa la nota que acompañas, Saludos
José Ramón

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-29 8:04]

Hello Jose,
Excellent macro of this tiny flower. The composition is very beautiful and I like the dark background. Loot has managed to make it even sharper to enhance its beauty even further.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hello Jose,
I missed many of your posts, shame on me! :) This is a very sophisticated flower and composition. This is a beautiful specie that you captured with excellent exposure and beautiful details. I love those tones of colors a lot. Thanks,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-08-13 5:37]

Hello Jose,
lovely flower, this Cat Thyme, I would have guessed an orchid.
Very well captured, I like the POV shows of the details of the pedals very well.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-12-08 12:45]

Saludos jmp, esplendida y luminosa flor, rica y traslúcida, colores agradabley nitidos...

Merry Christmas Jose!
It's been a pleasure to view the wide variety of your flowers over the last year :)

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