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Spring beauty

Spring beauty
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-07
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS, Canon 52mm close-up lens 250D
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-11 20:38
Viewed: 4325
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Spring beauty
Carolina Spring Beauty
Scientific Name: Claytonia caroliniana
Common Name: Spring beauty; Broad-leaved spring beauty

Probably the most abundant of spring flowers throughout its range is the Spring Beauty.
It is one of the first flowers to appear in the spring. In its southern range it begins blooming in late February and continues to bloom for about two months.
The Spring Beauty is a member of the Portulacaceae Family, therefore it has long fleshy leaves and a central stem that bears flower buds.
Each flower opens for about three days. The first day the pink anthers open and shed their pollen. Robertson, in Flowers and Insects, lists103 species of bees, flies, butterflies and beetles that gather Spring Beauty pollen and help distribute it.
Two features that some list as ways that Spring Beaty stands out to insects are its petals are pink to white with darker pink veins that some entomologists say attract isects and according to Schemske, in "Flowering Ecology of Some Spring Woodland Herbs," found that filaments located in the stamens reflect ultraviolet light.
The flowers open up in sunlight, but close in even the briefest sunless moments such as when the sun is behind clouds.
The second day the flower opens the anthers are already out of pollen and have withered. On the third day the flower opens for one last hope of being pollenated, after witch the petals wilt and seeds begin to form in the ovary.

Thank you for looking.

wgreis, liquidsunshine, AndyB, naki, dew77, red45, Comandante, hummingbird24, marhowie, Paulosousa, extramundi, sAner, gerhardt, PDP, zenitlady has marked this note useful
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Olá Luc, tudo bem
Adorei a textura das pétalas da flôr. Lindo close-up. A ligeira descentralização da imagem também deu um toque especial a foto devido a presença dos botões.

Very pleasant shot Luc,
Excellent details, great colours and sharpness. The exposure is spot on. Well composed shot.
Thanks for posting

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-05-12 2:24]

This is beautiful Luc. Very nicely composed. Great exposure and nice colors on the subject.
Well done.
Thank you for sharing.

Nice shot Luc, good POV and details.
Well done.

Woow Luc!
Great shot of spring.Do you like spring the same like me? For me it's wonderful!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-12 3:32]

Belle et intéressante composition macro bien réalisée pour ce Claytonie. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté.
Well Done !

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-12 3:42]

Excellent shot Luc,
Superb detail and colours.
Very pleasing composition and great DOF.
Nice work,very well done.

Very beautiful picture, Luc.
Great colours, well composed, good details and DOF,
Very well done, my friend.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-12 4:00]

Hello Luc!
Wonderful flower close up.Colors,lighting;DOF and composition are great.TFS...:-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-12 4:20]

Very good name for this flower Luc! Great composition, exposure, details and light. Real beauty!

Wonderful shot Luc!
Lighting,DOF and BG are excellent.Perfect work!
Thanks for sharing.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-05-12 6:23]

Nice and clear photo Luc. Very nice composition, details and colors.

Just perfect Luc! A great pleasure to view..Thank you for this wonderful post..

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  • annica (48)
  • [2005-05-12 8:55]

Very good to view, beautiful little flower.
Nice colours and good details.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-12 10:13]

A real beauty, bien vue, Luc.
Excelent shot and well done on this composition. You handled the lighting very well. Excelent exposure. Bravo, magnifique.!!!


Luc, as you say in your intro, we are a begginers in this passion of capturing beautiful images, but I really think you have a special ability in comunicating your feelings though your photos and notes. I am very happy to share my modest shots with people like you. Thank you very much.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-12 15:13]

Hello Luc,

This is beautiful. Well composed, good details, well exposed, good POV, great DOF & wonderful colors! TFS!


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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-05-12 16:51]

Très sympa prise de cette délicate fleur. La composition est parfaite. Félicitations.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-13 17:11]

At last! You get some spring flowers! Very good shot Luc, the exposure is very nice and I like the composition. Very well done.

Hello again, Luc! What a delicate capture of the Spring Beauty you have gotten! It is exquisite, both in texture, and in composition! The unopened blossoms are a great addition to the shot.Great notes. Wonderful POV. Just gorgeous!

This is beautiful, Luc.
Such a dainty flower that you have given us in this fine photo. Excellent detail, color, lighting and composition. I thank you for sharing it with all of us.

Excellent composition, Luc. Very lovely flower shot. I still have to do something like this and this shot has mootivated me to go out and get a similar capture. Very well done.

I like the sharp focus of the peatls against the blurred bckground which accentuates the subject.

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