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Something Different

Something Different
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-29
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Marumi UV 58mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-29 4:32
Viewed: 3881
Points: 46
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Today after work, no Christmas holidays for me :-( I visited a recently new Wetlands area, Waiatarua Reserve which is approximately 15 minutes drive from where I work. This is the first time I have been there and found it to be a lovely place. The weather today was overcast and windy, so not the best conditions for bird photography, but this is a place I will go back to. I walked the area to get the 'lay of the land' and along the way found many interesting wild plants (weeds) that were flourishing nicely. This, I think, is a new flower head of the Hemlock, slowing opening. You can see some of the small white petals that have dropped onto the stalks.


Hemlock, Conium maculatum, is a tall, foetid, biennial herb of the family Umbelliferae (commonly known as the carrot family). Stems of flowering plants are 3–6 ft tall, branched, furrowed, hollow, and usually purple-flecked or spotted. The carrotlike, finely-divided leaves are on long, hollow, purple-spotted stalks. Masses of small white flowers are borne in umbels. Hemlock is abundant throughout New Zealand and is mostly found in waste places, on roadsides and banks of streams, in shaded places, and frequently in home gardens.

Hemlock was recognised as poisonous in earliest times and is not only associated with the death of Socrates, but also with animal poisonings, and, in particular, poisonings in children. Children, who do not seem deterred by its unpleasant mousy-smell, are known to use the hollow stems as “pea shooters” or whistles, to mistake the leaves for parsley, to chew the seeds, and, in at least one case, to use hemlock as make-believe vegetables. The whole of the plant, including the parsnip-like taproot, is poisonous, the seeds being especially so.

Toxic volatile alkaloids are present throughout the plant and produce in man the well-known symptoms of general and gradual weakening of muscular power, and, in lethal doses, death results from gradual paralysis. Loss of sight may occur.

All classes of livestock have been poisoned by hemlock and it is thought that these poisonings are more frequent in the spring.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 3:08 p.m.
Date: 29th December 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Filter: Marumi 58mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 300mm
Support: Hand Held
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Great shot Pam.

Looks an aweful lot like the wild carrot. I believe one can tell the difference by seeing the centre of the bloom!

I laughed when I saw this shot, as I just took a shot yesterday of a wild carrot seedpod catching a snowflake!

Will try to get it posted.

Meanwhile a belated festive FESTIVUS to *YOU* from Nova Scotia

PS Excellent note!

Hello Pam,
Lovely shot! I very much like the subject, POV and calm colours. Superb, very clear framing as well.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-29 5:23]

Hi Pam,
Your Conium maculatum looks fine against this blurred brown bg! We have lots of them here, but in summer solstice:-)
TFS, José M.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-29 5:34]

Hi Pam,
Plain, wild and very beautiful! Excellent composition with very fine details and a lovely background.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-29 6:13]

Photo interessante ici,les détails et la composition sont excellents. Bravo et merci pour le partage!

Hi Pam,
Good picture. Very simple compo which I like.
Good exposure and other technical aspects are okay as well.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-12-29 13:51]

Hi Pam,
Indeed something a bit different.Nicely composed with it extending from left to right.Low light....nice and soft.You have managed to make the BG neutral as to make it really stand out.Great detail and clarity.
Well done and Seasons Greetings.
Regards, David

Hi Pam,

A flower for me? :-) Thanks, it is truly beautiful. Very well done.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-29 17:17]

I love simple but beautiful images like this. Great DOF, lovely POV and sharp details



Bonjour Pam
Une excellente photo en macro de cette belle fleur.Les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition avec un joli BG.
De bonne choses pour l'année 2007
Merci et bravo...JP

Nicely done Pam.
Very good color, light, and detail.
I like the vertical comp, and BG.
This hemlock looks beautiful up close, just at the point of opening :)
Happy New Year mf!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2006-12-29 22:29]

Hi Coasties,
Wonderful Macro shot.
Colours are excellent as is the sharpness,POV, DOF, and composition. Looks really beautiful.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-29 23:37]

Hello Pam

Wow the plant looks very similar to Queens Anne Lace Daucus carota.Nicely composed in the frame.Excellent DOF ,the details are razor sharp.Looks lovely against the beautiful BG.TFS


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-30 7:51]

Hi Pam,

Simple yet beautiful. Very well composed, good DOF with a nicely blurred bg and well exposed. All the best for 2007 and thanks for your digital x-mas card!!


Hello Pamela,
This is a wonderful macro very well composed and detailed of this herb that I didn't know about. I enjoyed reading those very interesting notes about it. Thanks,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-30 13:28]

So this is what hemlock looks like. Exceptional photo with excellent sharpness and detail, outstanding exposure and DOF. Great background and wonderful composition.

Hello Pam,
excellent macro here! I see you have summer. - Excellent POV, sharpness, details and exposure. Very nice colours, bg and great note too. This is a great composition. Thank you for posting. I wish you a Happy New Year.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-30 15:55]

Hi Pam

Yes, definitively something different from you lens although the frame remains unmistakable. I was looking for the butterfly in the somewhere, but it must have been a very small one if it was there. Maybe just an egg still (ha-ha-ha).

A lovely white crown for this densely packed little flower. A nice vertical composition with good colours and contrasts. Great details, stunning BG, and excellent exposure makes it a pleasure to behold.

I wish for you and your loved ones a wonderful and fulfilling 2007.

Friendly regards

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-30 16:01]

Delicate and elegant macro Pam, with the exact sharpness and focus.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, focus, sharpness, DOF, color, background, lighting, framing, notes and PP.

I don't like it: nothing to grumble.

I adore the bottom that allows to stand out much more the beauty of the flower.
My best wishes for 2007... Ricardo

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-12-30 18:05]

Pam, this is simple and beautiful. But the point is: it's not easy to be simple - I like this paradox.

Great exposure, colors, saturation and sharpness.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-03 14:07]

Hi Pam,
great shot, excellent POV and lovely details.
Very well composed with a great DOF.

Beautiful macro shot of this amazing looking plant the details are perfect and the color are very natural looking. :)

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-01-22 15:17]

Seems you found the best specimen to photo becuase this is an excellent example very well captured and wonderfully presented. Exceptionally nicely done.


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