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Water Lily

Water Lily
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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-19
Categories: Water Plants
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): water lily, Bee+Fly on flower [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-23 22:19
Viewed: 4639
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fabiola is the name of this hardy water lily.
It has cup shaped, rich pink flushed with white, deep green pads.

The following is an interesting story about the name of this water lily:

Fabiola - Not the same as 'Mrs.Richmond' or 'Pink Beauty'

N. 'Fabiola'/'Mrs. Richmond'/'Pink Beauty'/'Luciana'/'Odorata Luciana'

Some confusion surrounds these waterlilies' true identities. The real 'Fabiola' (Latour-Marliac, Revue Horticole 1908) was sold in the UK for many years under the name 'Mrs. Richmond' (a legitimate name and lily on its own, Latour-Marliac, Latour-Marliac Catalogue 1910). Here is how that happened.

From Colin Eliis, Chef de Culture at Latour-Marliac:

"Both 'Mrs. Richmond' and 'Fabiola' exist independently, and were introduced in 1910 and 1913 respectively. At Latour-Marliac we grow both 'Mrs Richmond' and 'Fabiola'. There is a story to tell regarding these two plants.

"The story goes that Perry's of Enfield (UK) ran out of stock of 'Mrs. Richmond' and substituted it with 'Fabiola'. They did not, however, inform their clients of this substitution and continued to label it 'Mrs. Richmond', so many of their customers actually received 'Fabiola' when ordering 'Mrs. Richmond'. Subsequently, other nurseries, probably by mistake, sold on the plants as 'Mrs. Richmond'. These details were confirmed by Ray Davies while researching and compiling his monograph on Hardy Nymphaea."

The original description from the 1910 Latour-Marliac Catalogue reads as follows:

"Mrs. Richmond. Fleur énorme, odorante, 20 centimètres de diameter, rose tendre violacé, plus foncé vers le centre; étamines jaunes."

'Odorata Luciana' (Dreer, c.1899), under its synonyms 'Pink Beauty' and 'Luciana', has been sold in the US for many years as 'Fabiola'. Below are images of 'Fabiola', and 'Odorata Luciana'. 'Mrs. Richmond, though similar to 'Fabiola', is not identical.


I took this picture at Queen Sirikit park, in Bangkok.

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A great macro!! Really sharp. Lovely soft colors. Good details. The 2 bees are perfect in this flower to understand its size.

Wow, what a great macro shot ! Just stuinning how beautiful this flower is. Excellent sharpness and details, excellent composition and fantastic colors, so soft, so tender. Very well done !

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-04-24 4:31]

Very nice shot indeed ; vivid colours and very sharp. Good composition as well, with those bees giving a sense of dimension

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-04-25 6:19]

Hi, Jitty!
I haven't seen such a pink water beauty this is beyond compaere. The two bees add much life to the photo. Just perfect focus and colors!

Hi Jitti,
Lovely macro with good details. The colours and tones are lovely, especially the different shades of pink and the way they contrast well with the yellow and green. The bees in the centre of the flower add a nice extra touch :) Well done!

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-05-03 10:29]

glad you included part of another plant..it breaks the central theme from dominating...and that is how i like to see flowers..with their visitors hard at work
beautiful tones and sharpness
the frame supports but doesnt detract
cheers and thanks for the critique

Super macro. Good sharpness, nice details, beauriful soft colors. Well done, Yvonne

Bonjour Jitti
Très belle prise de vue avec ce très joli macro,les couleurs sont douces, l'éclairage, les détails et la composition sont parfaits et le BG est très joli.

Bravo et merci....JP

Another good capture!
The bees are perfect. Note correct.
Good moment.

Hello JC,
Another pure beauty!
I like your framing a lot, some are afraid of cutting into the petals, but done with skill that can work out very well ... like here!
Macro part well done, super definition, colours and details...
Pablo -

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-10-06 19:03]

Very good composition, great colors and exposure is great. Very nice sharpness and details.

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