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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-13
Categories: Flowers
Camera: NIKON D810, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-04-07 1:11
Viewed: 1335
Points: 20
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Hepatica (hepatica, liverleaf, or liverwort) is a genus of herbaceous perennials in the buttercup family, native to central and northern Europe, Asia and eastern North America. Some botanists include Hepatica within a wider interpretation of Anemone.

Bisexual flowers with pink, purple, blue, or white sepals and three green bracts appear singly on hairy stems from late winter to spring. Butterflies, moths, bees, flies and beetles are known pollinators.

The leaves are basal, leathery, and usually three-lobed, remaining over winter.

Hepatica cultivation has been popular in Japan since the 18th Century (mid-Edo period), where flowers with doubled petals and a range of colour patterns have been developed .

Noted for their tolerance of alkaline limestone-derived soils, Hepatica may grow in a wide range of conditions; it can be found either in deeply shaded deciduous (especially beech) woodland and scrub or grassland in full sun. Hepatica will also grow in both sandy and clay-rich substrates, being associated with limestone. Moist soil and winter snowfall is a requirement; Hepatica is tolerant of winter snow cover, but less so of dry frost.

Hepatica is named from its leaves, which, like the human liver (Greek hepar), have three lobes. It was once used as a medicinal herb. Owing to the doctrine of signatures, the plant was thought an effective treatment for liver disorders. Although poisonous in large doses, the leaves and flowers may be used as an astringent, demulcent for slow-healing injuries and as a diuretic.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-04-07 2:27]

Hello Marius,
Beautiful photo in splendid light and colors. Attractive composition. Excellent sharpness and DOF.

hallo Marius
very nice composition with beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2016-04-07 9:54]

Hi Marius,
Fantastic close-up of this flower. Gorgeous colours and excellent sharpness.
Regards Jiri.

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2016-04-07 10:18]

Hi Marius

Intetresting post and useful information. The composition is very good, nice POV and very good DOF. I suppose that these flowers were under semi shade conditions so some flowers in front looks over exposured while that in depth are looking normal blue. I understand the difficulties we face when we are working in the field and at mid day hard light conditions.



Hello Marius

The POV you choose and the way you framed diagonally these lovely flowers
it gives dynamism to to the image, lovely light, great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Very beautiful Anemone and its nice shot. Thanks for sharing, Marius. Best wishes

Hello Marius,
Nice to see these bunch of Anemone in its natural habitat. Well exposure and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-04-07 15:20]

Hi Marius,beautiful capture of this specie common in Italy too but not in my field,the quality is fantastic,what colors,details and lights,great shot as usual.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-04-08 17:22]

Hello Marius,
This colorful photo makes me long for warmer days yet to come. Your tiny flowering plants remind me of the beautiful spring flowers which will soon arrive here in Ohio. The overhead lighting illuminates the petals in an eye catching manner. Perfectly composed and displaying excellent detail. Colors are vivid yet natural and the exposure couldn't be any better. Great shot!!

Hello Marius,
a great delight to see fragile Anemone hepatica growing in the shadow of the forest, raising its deep blue petals towards the sun. Very difficult light conditions of dark and sunny patches managed by just perfectly. Thank you!
With best regards,

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