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Marguerites? at Salamis

Marguerites? at Salamis
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-13
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-19 10:54
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Points: 34
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I have no idea about the id of these daisies apart from the fact that they look like yellow marguerites - correct id anyone. There were masses of these daisies in all parts of the island. These were providing banks of colour at ancient Salamis in TRNC.

Salamis was an ancient city-state on the east coast of Cyprus, at the mouth of the river Pedieos, 6 km north of modern Famagusta.

The earliest archaeological finds go back to the eleventh century BCE (Late Bronze Age III). The copper ores of Cyprus made the island an essential node in the earliest trade networks, and Cyprus was a source of the orientalizing cultural traits of mainland Greece at the end of the Greek Dark Ages, hypothesized by Walter Burkert in 1992. Children's burials in Canaanite jars indicate a Phoenician presence. A harbour and a cemetery from this period have been excavated. The town is mentioned in Assyrian inscriptions as one of the kingdoms of Iadnana (Cyprus). In 877 an Assyrian army reached the Mediterranean shores for the first time. In 708 the city-kings of Cyprus paid homage to Sargon II of Assyria (Burkert). The first coins were minted in the 6th century BCE, following Persian prototypes.

In 306 BCE Salamis was the site of a naval battle between the fleets of Demetrius I of Macedon and Ptolemy I of Egypt. Demetrius won the battle and captured the island.

In Roman times, Salamis was part of the Roman province of Cilicia. The seat of the governor was relocated to Paphos. The town suffered heavily during the Jewish rising of AD 116/117. Although Salamis ceased to be the capital of Cyprus from the Hellenistic period onwards when it was replaced by Paphos, its wealth and importance did not diminish. The city was particularly favoured by the Roman emperors Trajan and Hadrian who restored and established its public buildings.

On his first journey, Paul, the Apostle, landed here and preached in the synagogues (Acts 13:5), before proceeding further in the island.

The Cypriot-born Saint Barnabas, who figures prominently in the Acts of the Apostles brought Christianity to Cyprus in the first century CE. Tradition says that Barnabas preached in Alexandria and Rome, and was stoned to death at Salamis about 61 CE. He is considered the founder of the Church of Cyprus. His bones are believed to be located in the Monastery named after him.

Several earthquakes led to the destruction of Salamis at the beginning of the 4th century. The town was rebuilt under the name of Constantia by Constantius II (337-361 CE) and became an Episcopal seat, the most famous occupant of which was Saint Epiphanius. Emperor Constantius II helped the Salaminians not only for the reconstruction of their city but also he helped them by relieving them from paying taxes for a short period and thus the new city, rebuilt on a smaller scale, was named Constantia. The silting of the harbour led to a gradual decline of the town. Salamis was finally abandoned during the Arab invasions of the 7th century CE after destructions by Muawiyah I. The inhabitants moved to Arsinoë (Famagusta).

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Hi James,
Good to see Your posts again MF. As I see, spring already reached Cyprus - the big bunch of yellow (my fave color...) flowers are quite pleasant to look at. The composition's great also - I like close-ups of flowers, but also if the photographer shows the environment, too. Simple yet magic image - I'm sure not only to me. Congrats and tfs.
Have a nice weekend, friendly regards, László

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-19 11:32]

Hi James
Sorry, I don't now the ID of this lovely yellow flowers!
But I like your capture and I think your note is great1

Ciao James, splendid bicolor with a lot of yellow flowers, wonderful natural composition, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-03-19 13:46]

Hi James,this is a great masterwork,impressive composition and perfect contrast between the green and the yellow,wonderful sharpness too.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,LUCIANO

Salut James
C est vrai que le printemps arrive plus vite chez toi que chez moi il est tres joli ton champ de marguerites.
Bravo et au revoir...JP

Hi James.
Wonderful photo of these daisies with nice details, POV and composition..
thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hello James, great shot of these most widespread spring flowers of Cyprus. I saw so many whlie i were there.
TFS and regards,

Hello James,
a very beautiful picture, splendid colours, a superb visual impression.
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-19 15:54]

Hi James,
I'm here again.
Very beautiful these yellow flowers gathered in one place.
Very nice catch.
Best regards,

Hi Bro James,

Another spring wind from my HOMELAND! You've fixed one of the most unforgettable sight of my country in spring is that of the fields ablaze with the dazzling yellow of this Crown Daisy (Chrysanthemum coronarium - In Turk. Sarı Papatya, In Cyp. Turk. Mandilya or Similudia), often mixed with vivid patches of brilliant scarlet poppies, and contrasting with the intense blue of the sky and the dark green of the carob trees.
This is the more abundant of the two species of wild chrysanthemum in the island, and grows in all parts of the hills and plains. It is an aromatic annual plant with a branching stem up to 60cm. high. The smooth, bright green leaves are pinnately divided. Its golden flowers '(for this is the meaning of "chrysanthemum") open from December- June, but the height of its flowering season is in March and April, when it forms sheets of yellow along the roadsides. The compound flower heads, about 4cm. in diameter, have notched ray-florets 5 mm. wide, arranged in a single row round the disc of small tubular florets in the centre. Beneath the flower head is an involucre, as is typical of this family, made up of rows of overlapping, smooth, leaf-like scales with brown papery margins. The involucre can be seen clearly protecting the flower head when in bud. The florets turn brown when they die, and develop into a head of tightly-packed dry achenes which eventually fall to the ground to germinate next year forming many new plants where the parent plant had been.
The Corn Marigold (C. segetum) is also a common annual of the cornfields, though it does not grow in such great profusion as the Crown Daisy, and differs from it in that the stem is less branched and the leaves are glaucous and less divided.
TFS and have a great WE MF!
I will be away from TN for 3-4 days! Take care!


hello James

beautiful photo of these beautiful flowers, with fine POV,
fine focus excellent sharpness and details of all the image,
jolie dominance des couleurs jaune des petales, TFS


James çok güzel. Tam bir kır çiçeği.
Eline sağlık.

Wonderful colored spring flowers from Cyprus.
Contrast between green of the grass and the flowers are lovely.

hello James,
beautiful photo with beautiful spring colors!
"keep photographing my friend!" TFS

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-20 4:01]

Hi James,
this is really a smashing view for me. All yellows on green carpet background. Really exciting daisies in it glow.
We do not really have this opportunity like the spring you have there.
Lovely capture in great mood and beautiful feelings.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-03-23 23:31]

Hi James,
Stunning close-up shot of this Cyprus spring carpet tissue:). The POV and composition are great.
TFS and G's,

Bonjour James,
Splendide opposition de couleurs dans une superbe lumière.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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