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Iris mariae

Iris mariae
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Copyright: Ori Fragman Sapir (fragman) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3032 W: 11 N: 2351] (43778)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-21
Categories: Desert
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Iris in the world II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-08 4:41
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Iris mariae is one of the rarest irises in Israel. It grows only in the sandy areas of the western Negev Desert and across the border in Egypt (N Sinai). It is threatened by overgrazing and unofrtunately most of its populations are located outside nature reserves. This is the southernmost and most arid Oncocylus iris.

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Hi, very nice shot. I especially like the POV, TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-08 5:49]

Hello Ori,
Great shot of a group of this rare iris. Excellent low POV, exposure and sharpness and great to see a little of the habitat in the image.
TFS this beauty,

Wonderful capture of these irises Ori. TFS. Regards,

Beautiful image, Ori.
Well composed. Good POV.

Hello Ori,
Beautiful. TFS.

This is amazing to see these Irises in the wild Ori.
People in temperate zones are so used to seeing them in flowerbeds and landscaped gardens,that it seems unreal to them to see this in the desert ... yet this is their natural habitat.
This is the wonder of TN ... we get to see things where they really come from ... a great educational experience.
Excellent post.

Very beautiful colours and light. Great sharpness and focus. Good composition.
Best wishes,

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-09 2:54]

Oh how wonderful these looks Ori. Growing so stately in the desert like this. It looks like they have been planted - I wish I could have seen them myself

Hi Ori,
Difficult to find so many flowers together in a single clump.
Very nice picture. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

Hi Ori,

Another amazing Iris. Was Israel formerly a more wet place? Just wondering if those Irises were originally wetland plants as so many species of Iris are. Did they adapt as their habitat grew more dry? I was thinking that maybe it was wetter in Israel perhaps during or after the last ice age, might have been when the Irises could have moved in.


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  • juanit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)
  • [2008-06-10 11:51]

Hi Ori

This is a wonderful capture of the group of irises,Fantastic composition,colours,detail and sharpness.

Anita & Mike

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-06-10 13:29]

Hi Ori

Great low POV, the blue sky BG really sets the flowers off. I also like the way you are showing the whole clump rather than a single flower. Sharp and well composed



Pretty shot with a great DOF. The purple of the flowers really pops in this photo. Nicely done.

Hello Ori- wonderful photo of one of the most beautiful species of Israel - TTS Hans

WONDERFULL ! No more comment...

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