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Dryas octopetala L.

Dryas octopetala L.
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Copyright: Fabrizio Menin (ciopper13) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 129 W: 0 N: 353] (1772)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-26
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Alfa Nex3, Sony E-mount 2,8/16mm, SD Extreme III 4GB, Dorr DHG Macro Achromat
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-29 6:19
Viewed: 3598
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cima Palon (Mount Pasubio) is a mountain of the Veneto, Italy. It has an elevation of 2239 metres.
Dryas octopetala (Camedrio alpino IT) (common names include mountain avens, white dryas, and white dryad) is an arctic-alpine flowering plant in the family Rosaceae. It is a small prostrate evergreen subshrub forming large colonies, and is a popular flower in rock gardens. The specific epithet octopetala derives from the Greek octo (eight) and petalon (petal), referring to the eight petals of the flower, an unusual number in the Rosaceae, where five is the normal number. However flowers with up to 16 petals also occur naturally.Dryas octopetala has a widespread occurrence throughout mountainous areas where it is generally restricted to limestone outcrops. These include the entire Arctic, as well as the mountains of Scandinavia, the Alps, Carpathian Mountains, Balkans, Caucasus and in isolated locations elsewhere. In Great Britain, it occurs in the Pennines (northern England), at two locations in Snowdonia (north Wales), and more widely in the Scottish Highlands; in Ireland it occurs on The Burren and a few other sites. In North America, it is found in Alaska most frequently on previously glaciated terrain and reaches as far south as Colorado in the Rocky Mountains. It is the official territorial flower of the Northwest Territories, and the national flower of Iceland.The stems are woody, tortuous, with short, horizontal rooting branches. The leaves are glabrous above, densely white-tomentose beneath. The flowers are produced on stalks 3–10 cm (1.2–3.9 in) long, and have eight creamy white petals. The style is persistent on the fruit with white feathery hairs, functioning as a wind-dispersal agent. The feathery hairs of the seed head first appear twisted together and glossy before spreading out to an expanded ball which the wind quickly disperses.
It grows in dry localities where snow melts early, on gravel and rocky barrens, forming a distinct heath community on calcareous soils. The Younger Dryas and Older Dryas stadials are named after Dryas octopetala, because of the great quantities of its pollen found in cores dating from those times. During these cold spells, Dryas octopetala was much more widely distributed than it is today, as large parts of the northern hemisphere that are now covered by forests were replaced in the cold periods by tundra.
Species:D. octopetala

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good macro. wonderful species of flower. thanks for sharing.

Hi Fabrizio,

Well what a very intriguing image here my friend, impressive choice of focal point with great results, love the new and the old flower triangle, splendid work and well done,
Best regards,


PS great info note.

Hello Fabrizio,
Beautiful flowers, very nice choice of point of view, lovely colours and good exposure, very well taken and presented,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Hello Fabrizio,
Wonderful capture with very nice colors, excellent details and perfect focus.
Lovely clarity and great composition with brilliant colors.
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Fabrizio,
nice flowers in this mountain environment.
Very good light. Very good composition. Maybe depth of field could be better :)
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Fabrizio,
bello scatto nel suo complesso, colori naturali, buon contrasto e gestione del bianco,
interessanti anche le note.

Buona serata

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-06-29 9:41]

Ciao Fabrizio,
A very nice capture of Dryas octopetala growing in its natural mountain habitat. Good details of the flowers and leaves, taken with fine sharpness and natural colours from a fine POV.
Thanks and best regards,

This grows well in my garden and it has finished flowering now!

Ciao Fabrizio,
un'altra bellissima immagine di fiori di alta quota, come sempre ideale ed efficace la ripresa dal basso, ottima nitidezza e splendidi colori naturali.
Grazie e complimenti
Buona serata
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Fabrizio, bella composizione con i deliziosi fiori, splendidi colori naturali, ottima nitidezza e magnifica luce, bravo, ciao Silvio

hello Fabrizio
very nice composition with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Fabrizio. Gran POV. Potevi far meglio. Ne sono sicuro.....


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-29 14:37]

Ciao Fabrizio,anche se il bianco e' un po' sparato,la composizione e' davvero eccezzionale,sai come far rendere al meglio la situazione catturando magnifici scenari come sfondo,davvero una bella foto ed una interessante specie.Buona giornata,Luciano

Hello Fabrizio
Interesting species and interesting habitat.

I like this shot and I can connect myself easily by looking at this fabulous view, Fabrizio. I like the focus control and the muted background is just dreamy to my soul. Thanks and kind regards,

Buena la idea y disposición del conjunto, aunque gran
parte de la fotografía esta en desenfoque, supongo que provocado.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-02 3:04]

Hi Fabrizio,
this is a fabulos shot of wild flowers in its natural environment. How lovely to see the details and also its mountain view. Very well captured scenery.


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