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Bilberry flowers

Bilberry flowers
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-27
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fruits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-11 13:08
Viewed: 4736
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bilberry is a name given to several species of low-growing shrubs in the genus Vaccinium (family Ericaceae) that bear tasty fruits. The species most often referred to is Vaccinium myrtillus L.

Bilberries are found in damp, acidic soils throughout the temperate and subarctic regions of world. They are closely related to North American wild and cultivated blueberries and huckleberries in the genus Vaccinium.

Bilberries are rarely cultivated but fruits are sometimes collected from wild plants growing on public lands, notably in Scandinavia, Ireland and Poland. In Ireland the fruit is known as fraughan in English, from the Irish fraochán, and is traditionally gathered on the last Sunday in July, known as Fraughan Sunday.

The fruits can be eaten fresh, but are more usually made into jams, fools, juices or pies. In France they are used as a base for liqueurs and are a popular flavouring for sorbets and other desserts. In Brittany they are often used as a flavouring for crêpes, and in the Vosges and the Massif Central bilberry tart (tarte aux myrtilles) is the most traditional dessert.

Tech Note
The usual levels and sharpening
Also used different layers in PS to improve the levels on the foreground while leaving the background unchanged.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-06-11 14:15]

Hi Shir
Beautiful photo very nice composition. The colours are very rich and natural. Great DOF TFS.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-11 15:34]

Hi Shir,
Very lovely shot, almost 3D! It's a colorful photo where the plant -lovely ifself- is clearly enhanced by a luminous landscape. This broad DOF thoug let see the main subjet perfectely. Composition is fine too. A really lovely shot!
TFS, José M.

I like your composition, Shir and interesting note. They do look similar to our huckleberries. I like the sharp foreground and blurred background. I wish the sky wasn't quite so burned out as I find it distracts from your subject.

Thanks for sharing.
Evelynn : )

nice photo;-)

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-08-08 7:03]

Hi Shir,
very nice picture of a forrest and bilberries.
This picture is giving me strange kind impression.

Hi Shir,
This is a very good photo of the whole plant and also atypically in flower. It is much more common to see photos of the berries on the branches of the sub-shrub. The colors are well-saturated - actually the flowers are exceptionally red. That may be due to the habitat (pine forest) that is too light and dry for the bilberry that more often grows in spruce forests.
TFS, Pentti

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