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Texas Bluebonnet

Texas Bluebonnet
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Copyright: John Denk (jpdenk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 3 N: 74] (333)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-07
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D90, 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-08 23:18
Viewed: 1990
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Texas Bluebonnet, Lupinus texensis, photographed at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge near Forth Worth, Texas.

I put my camera on a small tripod and used a wired remote to trigger the camera during brief lulls in the strong breeze that I had on this day.

Kingdom-Plantae Plants
Subkingdom-Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision-Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division-Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class-Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Family-Fabaceae Pea family
Genus-Lupinus L. lupine
Species-Lupinus texensis Hook. Texas Bluebonnet

Info from Wikipedia:

Lupinus texensis (common name Texas Bluebonnet) is a species of lupine which is endemic to Texas. With other related species of lupines also called bluebonnets, it is the state flower of Texas.

It is a biennial plant which begins its life as a small gravel-like seed. The seed has a hard seed coat that must be penetrated by wind, rain and weather over the course of a few months (but sometimes several years). In the fall the bluebonnets emerge as small seedings with two cotyledons, and later a rosette of leaves that are palmately compound with 5-7 leaflets 3-6 cm long, green with a faint white edge and hair. Growth continues over the mild winter months and then in the spring will take off and rapidly grow larger before sending up a 20-40 cm tall plume of blue flowers (with bits of white and occasionally a tinge of pinkish-red).

It has been found in the wild with isolated mutations in other colors, most notably all-white flowers, pink, and maroon. These mutations have since been selectively bred to produce different color strains that are available commercially.

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很可愛 的藍色花

Nice flowers with beautiful colors and good sharpness


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-04-09 9:04]

Hello John,
Great to see a post from you once more. You have captured these pretty blubonnets perfectly in a fine looking vertical presentation. Love the vivid yet natural colors and exceptional sharpness. I would never have guessed that it was a windy day from the detail you managed to obtain.
Apparently Texas is way ahead of us, as things are still all brown in the woods here in Ohio. I can't wait until the birds really get fired up with their spring migration up at Magee Marsh. Hope to see some more wonderful shots from you soon!!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-09 11:23]

Hi John,beautiful capture of this blue lupinus,very common in my country too but only in the private gardens..ehehe...i like your perspective and the perfect capture of the colors,very difficult this blue for a digital camera.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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