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Leontopodium alpinum

Leontopodium alpinum
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Copyright: Fabrizio Menin (ciopper13) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 129 W: 0 N: 353] (1772)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-24
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Alfa Nex3, Sony E-mount 2,8/16mm, Dorr DHG Macro Achromat
Exposure: f/16, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-27 3:19
Viewed: 3400
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Monte Pasubio Prealpi Vicentine

Giornata fosca ma con improvvisi cali di vento che mi ha permesso di rischiare un tempo di solo 1/30 per avere più zona a fuoco con f/16.
La foto comunque non mi piace molto proprio per la mancanza di quell'aria tersa che di solito la montagna sa regalare...
Scientific name: Leontopodium alpinum Cass.
Order: Asterales (Asternartige)
Family: Asteraceae (Korbblütler)
Subfamily: Asteroidae
Genus: Leontopodium
Species: Leontopodium alpinum
First describer of the plant: Alexandre Henri Gabriel de Cassini (1781-1832)
Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) is a very famous plant of the alpine region.
Further names are: Irlweiss, Almsterndl, Federweiss, seldom alos Silberstern and
Wülblume (in Switzerland).
The name of the plant derives from the typical white hairness (greek: leon = lion,
podion = small foot).
The plant reaches a height of above three to twenty centimerters. The florescence is
a specious prosperity. White, hairy spathaceous bracts are responsible for the optical
attraction; the many hundred florescences form a star. The white gleam of the
spathaceous bracts is caused by many thousand small bubbles reflect the light
(signal for insects searching for honey, furthermore protection of evaporation).
Plants growing in the lowlands will become higher and show, due to their poor
hairness a greenish color.
Edelweiss blooms between july and september, is harmless and is covered by nature
conservancy. The specious prosperity can be preserved until winter.
Edelweiss can be find on stony grasslands, lime stone rocks, seldom on mountain
pastures. Edelweiss shows an irregular distribution and prefers stony lime stone
rocks in an altitude between 1800 an 3000 meters.
The species comes after the ice-age from innerasiatic velds to the alps. Edelweiss is
not a typical plant of the rocks and not domestic in Europe.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-27 3:30]

Hello Fabrizio.
What a lovely shot.These understated little flowers have undeniable charm, and your composition suits them well.Very nicely done.Best regards Siggi

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-27 3:38]

Hi Fabrizio,
Splendid photo of this beautiful Flower and Landscape, TFS!
You must try to use a half Close Up lens! For foreground....

Ciao Fabrizio,
wonderful close-up shot of this Edelweiss flowers.

Hello Fabrizio,
nice capture of this Edelweiss with a well chosen POV and beautiful surrounding. Good sharpness and natural colours. Thanks for sharing this beauty.
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-07-27 4:05]

Bonjour Fabrizio,
Je préfère cette image à la précédente. Celle-ci typique de tes vues sur les paysages est magnifique! Une fleur qui est aussi un peu le symbole de la Suisse, bien que elle soit devenue asser rare.
Très beau!
Bon après-midi

Hola Fabrizio.

Magnifica imagen ,grandes detalles de la planta y un buen POV,
Saludos y que tengas un buen dia.


Ciao Fabrizio. Ci hai abituiato a dei POV strepitosi e questo non fa eccezione. Il soggetto - quasi un mito ormai - merita tutta l'attenzione. Fantastica cartolona amico mio!


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-07-27 4:20]

Hello Fabrizio,
Another beautiful photo from you,nice colors,view and composition.
Have a nice day!...

Hello Fabrizio,
Great shot of this Edelweiss flowers, excellent composition, good sharpness and nice natural colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Ciao Fabrizio,
molto bella anche questa inquadratura con visione grandangolare sui declivi rocciosi, ottimi i dettagli delle stelle alpine e ben gestito il forte contrasto di luce
Grazie e commplimenti
Buona giornata
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Fabrizio, altra magnifica vista di montagna con in primo piano un delizioso mazzolino di stelle alpine, ottima pèrofondità di campo, splendidi colori naturali, bravo, ciao Silvio

Ciao Fabrizio,

Fabulous capture of this beautiful flower, looks like a water painting, superb lighting with wonderful colours, splendid soft focus that adds to the mood of the scene, lovely picture Fabrizio and well done,
Best regards,


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-27 5:37]

Hi Fabrizio.
This is amazing composition. Excellent POV and beautiful view in background. Very well done presentation of this very nice Edelweiss. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
Best regards

Excellent portrait of plant in landscape. Good point of view and lighting. regards yiannis

Beautiful species of flowers. great clarity and sharpness. tfs.

Bonjour Fabrizio,
Très bonne mise en scène situant bien les sujets dans l'environnement dans lequel on les imagine et dans une bonne composition.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Fabrizio,
Altra splendida interpretazione di paesaggio montano. Suggestivo e ben eseguito.

Hi Fabrizio,
another amazing photo of flowers with beautiful montain background. Great place. Nice colours. Excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-07-27 11:20]

Hello Fabrizio!
Beautiful photo that clearly shows these alpine flowers with all the environment, which is absolutely new to me.Many thaks for sharing and BRAVO !
Regards from,
PS:thanks for visiting my gallery!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-27 11:55]

Ciao Fabrizio,secondo me sei stato un po' troppo alto,hai tagliato la base della pianta e sembra manchi qualcosa,bellissimo lo scenario ed eccellente la qualita dei dettagli (sono un po' rompic.. ma preferisco le critiche oneste..ehhee).Buona serata! Luciano

hello Fabrizio
very nice composition with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Fabrizio, altro spettacolo delle nostre montagne. Un ottimo scatto ed una splendida immagine. Un saluto, Paolo

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2011-07-27 23:18]

I like how you have got the mountains in your photograph. It shows me where the plant grows. Great composition
the plant is nice and sharp. TFS

Hello Fabrizio
Another interesting plant in a beautiful landscape! Beautiful photo. The composition and the colours are excellent. The mountains in the BG are amazing .

Ciao Fabricio,
combining macro with landscape by the use of wideangle allows to present plants inbedded in its environment in a very appealing, emotionally touching way - very well done here! Great image, well written well informing notes. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-07-28 10:10]

Hi Fabrizio,
Perfect shot,nice colours with excellent detail of this flowers
and very nice blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

Magnífico trabajo de esta clásica y famosa especie. El primer plano es excelente,
pero es que el fondo es simplemente genial ! Elegiste un complicado pero muy efectivo
ángulo de disparo que nos da una visión asombrosa. Muy buen trabajo Fabrizio.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Fabrizio,
A very creative touch to a nature photo. The shallow DOF on the wide angle composition worked perfectly. The photo is not only about the flower but also about where it grows. Sharpness could've probably be slightly improved, but it is far from disturbing.

Hola Fabrizio,
una esplèndida imatge d'aquesta emblemàtica planta alpina,
enhorabona pels resultats!!
TFS, Ferran

Hello Fabrizio,

Seems like a plant specially adapted to a rough environment!
The scenery is nicely framed, good details in the flower and the composition allows us to enjoy the surroundings too...

Pablo -

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