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Hepatica nobilis.

Hepatica nobilis.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-02
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Flower(blue)II, Vienna Woods - Biosphaerenpark Wienerwald [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-14 14:14
Viewed: 4993
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hepatica nobilis,
for Valentine.

This year they are out early:

Hepatica nobilis
European Liverleaf

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Ranunculales
Family: Ranunculaceae
Genus: Hepatica
Species: Hepatica nobilis (Schreb., 1771)

Europe and temperate Asia to Japan.

The picture was taken in April 2006. Liverleaf blossoms are shown here together with tasty green leaves of Allium ursinum - also to be seen these days.

Allium ursinum
Wood Garlic, Bear's Garlic

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Subclass: Liliidae
Order: Asparagales
Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium
Species: Allium ursinum (Linnaeus, 1753)

"Ramsons, buckrams, wood garlic or bear's garlic (Allium ursinum) is a wild relative of chives. The specific name derives from the fact that brown bears like to eat the bulbs of the plant and dig up the ground to get at them, as do wild boar. Ramsons grow mainly in swampy deciduous woodlands, being most common in areas with slightly acidic soils. They flower before the trees get their leaves and fill the air with their characteristic strong smell."
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_ursinum

This year Liverleaf flowers can be seen in the Vienna Woods in very early blossom since the first week of February 2007, and Allium ursinum has started to show its leaves in January.

Documentary shots freshly taken in February 2007 may be seen here:

>>> Hepatica nobilis.

>>> Allium ursinum.


Minolta DiMage 7Hi, 2560x1902, sRGB, 50mm, F/9.5, 1/350 sec., ISO-100, 2006 04 02, 13:30.
No tripod, no flash.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

marhowie, RAP, Adanac, JoseMiguel, ellis49, shirgold, Alex99, fiyo, fartash, dew77, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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Hello Peter,
I like this. Very good DOF and a bright sunny dose of color seen in this beautiful wildflower. I like the composition, POV, and the shadow cast adds well. Sharp & detailed, a great valentine..dear ;)
Well done & TFS!

Hola peter.
Una preciosa imagen.Saludos.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-14 14:54]

Hi Peter,
Wondeful composition, beautiful flowers and colours and excellent details. I like a lot the shadow that cats the flowers.
Though I'm not concerned by St. Valentine affaiers, I thank you the intention:-)
Best regards, José M.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-14 16:39]

Esta es una de las imágenes que uno mismo idealiza con poder captar todos los días Peter... la belleza de la composición a partir del punto de vista que brinda tan buen foco y agudeza sobre ambas flores y la iluminación ideal que no sólo aporta una coloración maravillosa, sino también la sombra tan estética.
Las texturas de los pétalos son realmente fantásticas, realzadas por el despegue de los especímenes creando un verdadero efecto 3D.
El workshop colabora con la identificación y observación de esta especie.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

This is one of the images that oneself idealizes with being able to capture every day Peter... the beauty of the composition starting from the point of view that offers so good focus and sharpness on both flowers and the ideal illumination that it doesn't only contribute a wonderful coloration, but also the so aesthetic shade.
The textures of the petals are really fantastic, enhanced by the takeoff of the specimens creating a true effect 3D.
The workshop collaborates with the identification and observation of this species.
My best regards... Ricardo

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-02-14 16:48]

Hello Peter,
Nice colors, good details and fine composition. Thanks peter for sharing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-14 16:51]

Hola Peter, bella flor y hermosa luz y color, agradables detalles, encuadre y pov. original,
saludos TFS.

Hello Peter,
A great symbolic couple to conmemorate this day!
I like so much the beauty of this simple flowers, and the strong composition made with their shadows.
A high quality picture that is a pleasure to look at a lot of times, something that's not easy to achieve.
Congratulations and thanks for share it with us.
My best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-02-14 21:18]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful shot. Superb blue colour and sharpness. Very crisp details. Kudos.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-15 1:30]

Hello Peter,
Super macro of a flower that is surprisingly difficult to photograph well and reproduce the right colours. This is a great job, sharp, well lit and well composed.
We call it Blåsippa and is a real sign of spring and who knows, with global warming in Sweden it may even flower on Valentine Day!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Peter,
a beautiful picture of blåsippa, it really a sign of spring.
Very good POV and compostion, nice colours anf fine details.
Well done.

Hi Peter,
This is a great work.
Colors are amazing and contrast is fine.
The best is the composition - and what I like the most are the shadows of the flowers.
TFS - Shir

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-02-15 2:09]

Thank you fro your Valentine flowers Peter. What a wonderful display - so bright and sharp and colourful. Well composed and the light and shadows look great. TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-15 5:47]

Hello Peter,
Beautiful capture of the Hepatica, the blue colour is superb and I like the shadows. Very sharp details a very fine composition.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-15 7:22]

Hi Peter.
How I love Minolta (including its colours) and how I like your operation with it. Amazing combination of blue and green colour tones; sunlight and charming shadows on the flower petals and on the leaves. Great sharpness and details of the flowers also as well as the reproduction of the petal texture and pollen. BG is very nice too and supplements the main subject nicely. My compliments and best wishes to you, my dear friend.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-15 7:52]

Hello Peter,
execellent shot,I liked vivid colors,POV,framing and composition a lot.TFS

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-02-15 10:28]

Hi Peter
What a pair of beautiful little flowers! I like very much the composition with that game of lights and shadows and those beautiful deep colors.
Interesting note attached too.
My compliments and thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

Hello Peter
What agreat sshot of wonderful flowers,
Perfect focusing and lighting,Welldone.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-15 11:11]

Hello Peter,
Excellent close up and beautiful flowers for Valentine's Day.Well caught,framed and composed.Colors,POV and details are also wonderful.Have a good day too!

bonjour peter
j'aime bien votre photo pour l'ombre de la fleur,c'est assez rare car souvent on se place a hauteur de fleur pour avoir un BG flou.la le POV est different mais interressant.
belles couleurs aussi.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-02-19 9:41]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful a pair of this spring flowers. Fantastic quality, lovely colors and shadows.
Thanks, and best regards,

Hallo Peter
Me and my purple again. I now even created a theme "My purple obsession". This Hepatica nobilis is actually such a simple flower, but on the other hand very pretty. I like the way the shadows are reflected on the green leaf. The detail of the flower’s anthers is very clear and well in focus. There is even a trace of pollen visible. A lovely photo and a pleasure to look at. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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