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Kokulu Menekse - Sweet Violet

Kokulu Menekse - Sweet Violet
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Copyright: Fevzi YAPICI (fyapici) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 800 W: 121 N: 1985] (7499)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-21
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100
Exposure: f/11, 1/5 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My purple obsession 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-21 12:24
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Hello Friends.

I decided to dedicate this photo to our dear friend Catherine Dijon (CatherineD ). She is allways very kind and spends many time on the PC to write some critique to us. I hope she like it.

Today I went to my garden and I worked there very hardly. Spring is coming and we "hobby farmers" must a bit more hardly work. When I arrived there I saw that there are too many sweet violets have flowered, field look like painted with violet colour, there was a fantastic and indescribable smell.

Violet... This is a very special flower for Turkish people. They love this flower :) Thus there is lots of women who named as "Menekse". When it appears in the gardens or in the fields, it means spring is coming. Thus we can call it as a sign of spring.

Scientifical Classification:
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Violaceae
Genus: Viola
Species & Binominal Name: Viola odorata

Viola odorata is a species of the genus Viola native to Europe and Asia, but has also been introduced to North America and Australasia. It is commonly known as Sweet Violet, English Violet, Common Violet, or Garden Violet. The herb is known as Banafsa, Banafsha or Banaksa in India, where it is commonly used as remedy to cure sore throat and tonsilitis. The sweet, unmistakable scent of this flower has proved popular throughout the generations, particularly in the late Victorian period, and has consequently been used in the production of many cosmetic fragrances and perfumes.

The species can be found near the edges of forests or in clearings; it is also a common "uninvited guest" in shaded lawns or elsewhere in gardens. The flowers appear as early as February (commonly in February, but in my region in January) and last until the end of April (for my region in the middle of March).

Viola odorata is quite similar to other species of violet, but can be distinguished by the following characteristics:

the flowers have a sweet scent,
the flowers are normally either dark violet or white,
the leaves and flowers are all in a basal rosette,
the style is hooked (and does not end with a rounded appendage),
the leaf-stalks have hairs which point downwards, and
the plant spreads with stolons (above-ground shoots).(*)

Names in different Languages:

Turkish: Menekşe, (in eastern dialect Menevşe)
Turkmen: Menawsha
Uzbek: Binawsha

Arabic: البنفسج
Bulgarian: виолетов
Dutch: Violet
Deutsch: Violett
French: Violette
Greek: ιώδες
Israeli: סגול
Italian: Violetta
Japanse: 紫 murasaki
Persian: بنفش
Russian: фиолетовые
Spanish & Portugal: Violeta
(*) This info was taken from book "Bursa Bitkileri" by Prof. Dr. Gönül KAYNAK.

rousettus, CatherineD, eng55, scorpio-TR, jusninasirun, Miss_Piggy, Heaven, KOMSIS, matatur, boreocypriensis, siggi, Pitoncle has marked this note useful
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bilgiler ayrı güzel, fotoğraf ayrı güzel. renklerden mi başlasam saymaya yoksa pozlama ve ışık kullanımından mı? açısı ayrı güzel renkleri ayrı. ya fona ne demeli. başlı başına ayrı bir güzellik. muhteşem bir güzellik. tebrikler hemşehrim.
arkadaşımız Catherine'nin beğeneceğine eminim.
iyi akşamlar, selamlar.

Merhaba Fevzi dostum,
Çok teşekkür ederim for this friendly dedication and for this artistic composition. I'm very pleased to receive it! You did a great job with this pretty tiny flower, not easy to capture. The light is so fantastic. We have also this species in Belgium (maybe one of the few common species) but not yet! Only at the end of March... I can imagine the sweet perfum of this one!
Good luck with your gardening.
İyi geceler arkadaşım,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-21 13:17]

Merhaba Fevzi Bey,
Menekieleri çok güzel görüntülemişsiniz.Işık,canlı renkler,
kadraj ve kompozisyon mükemmel olmuş.Özenli ve detaylı notlarınız
da her türlü takdiri hak ediyor.
Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık..

yine harika bir kare, harika bir güzellik. fotoğraf 4/4lük olmuş, Fevzi Bey. renkler, netlik, fon ve diğerleri; hepsi çok güzel. tebrikler. elinize sağlık.

Hi Fevzi.

Beautiful dedication and the image is so stunning. Sweet focus and well isolated against the spotless background.

Pleasing colors and well exposed details.
Best regards,

Hallo Fevzi
This purple violet stole my heart the moment I laid my eyes on it. It is indeed beautiful and very striking. The colours are rich and warm. The light is really great and hightlights the details beautifully. It displays well against the jade background. Thanks for sharing this beauty as part of a dedication to Catherine. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-02-21 21:48]

Dear Fevzi!

As I can read, Catherine likes your dedication very much. The contrary would be a surprise because the picture is so delicate and beautiful, so feminine. The black background and the lighting create an artistic effect that is very pleasant. I also believe that the vertical composition adds to the impact and suits the subject very well.

Kind regards


hi Fevzi,
very delicate your dedication, Catherine will appreciate, I am sure:)
feels,already,delicate perfume of spring...
best regards

Işık harika.
Ellerinize sağlık hocam

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-02-21 23:09]
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Fevzi bey selamlar,
Hep duyduğum ve gördüğüm Afrika Menekşesidir ...!
Kokulu Menekşe ... estetik ve güzel renklerde ; bir de kokusunu hissedebilsem ...:)
İyi haftalar dileğimle,

Ne kadar sade, bir o kadar da güzel Fevzi dostum, tamamlayıcı bilgilerle mükemmel bir bütün oluşturulmuş, ellerine sağlık.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-22 3:25]

Salam Akhi Fevzi,
may you be filled with happiness and prosperity.
Yes indeed it is a sweet one.Very beautiful purple in excellent ambience and glow. You have presented it in a very convincing and impressive shot. The rich and dense purple is splendid and the smooth and soft background pushes the beauty into a sweet view.
Excellent composition.


:))) Fevziciğim Angut geldi:) Nefis çekmişsin tam bir sanat eseri tadında. Arka planın düzlüğü, ışığın gönü ile derinlik harikulade olmuş. Altta kıvrılan birasz odak dışı kalmış olan tıpkı bir kuğu gibi:) estetizmin doruklarını zorlayan bir çalışma olmuş. Fotoğrafı anlatmaya gerek yok salında:) kendi kendine konuşuyor zaten!
Merak ettiğim sadece arka plan! Su (havuz suyu gibi) yüzeyine doğrumu çektin? Zira bu efekti ben daha önce o şekilde yakalayabilmiştim.
Catherine çin çok güzel bir hediye olmuş:) Dün de benden hediye almıştı:) tesadüf olmuş!
Keyifli bir gün diliyorum.
Selam ve sevgiler dostum!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-02-22 4:38]

Hello Fevzi,
Very nice photo of this flower in beautiful light and well saturated colours. Very nice contrasting OOF BG. Excellent sharp focus. Good POV and composition.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2010-02-22 5:51]

Fevzi bey merhaba,
çok sevdiğim menekşeyi çok zarif ve estetik bir şekilde fotoğraflamışsınız.Tebrikler.

Harika bir çekim fevzi bey kokusunu hisseder gibiyim elinize sağlık.

Selamlar Murat

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-02-22 8:39]

Hola amigo Fevzi,
gran calidad en esta macro,
color y foco estupendos,
con atractiva iluminación y bg.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-02-22 12:05]

Hello Fevzi,
A lovely presentation of this macro shot of the Viola flowers.
Wonderful colors and details with very good lighting.Accurate focusing with an ample DOF.
Well done,best regards Siggi

Ciao Fevzi. A delicate playing of light for a refined compo. Beautiful brigh natural colours.


Bonjour Fevzi,
Très belle et artistique publication avec cette splendide macro, bien composée, valorisant bien le sujet, sous un bon angle de prise de vue et une excellente profondeur de champ, par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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