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Heliotropium amplexicaule

Heliotropium amplexicaule
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-10-07
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-10-10 12:17
Viewed: 1347
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have captured this 'Blue Heliotrope' (Heliotropium amplexicaule) in our yard. Very small weed. You can see it is surrounded by grass. I wanted an eye level shot to get a good background. Light was harsh.

Heliotropium amplexicaule is a noxious weed contains Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). The amount of PAs in Blue Heliotrope is much higher than common Heliotrope. Continual ingestion by live stock of large amount of heliotrope plants (either fresh or dried) or of their seeds, can cause liver damage and death.

Have a look how it affects on animals:

(1) Horses
CLINICAL SYMPTOMS: Weigh lose, dull, depressed, uncoordinated, wander aimlessly, death
PATHOLOGY: Liver damage and secondary brain damage

(2) Pigs
PATHOLOGY: Liver, kidney and lung damage

(3) Cattle
CLINICAL SYMPTOMS: Depressed, unpredictable bouts of aggression, death
PATHOLOGY: Liver damage and secondary brain damage

(4) Sheep/Goat
CLINICAL SYMPTOMS: Can accumulate copper, which can cause death
PATHOLOGY: Liver damage

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-10-11 5:40]

Hello Srikumar,
Nice photo taken with the 600 mm lens. Excellent sharp focus on the flowers and a beautiful soft surroundings. Taken from a good POV.

hallo Ishi
nice picture of this rare plant in Holland
good details and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

Ciao Srikumar, lovely composition with nice flower, splendid light, fine details, excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

great natural capture, greetings Ori

Hello Srikumar,
amazing close up, very good light despite the difficulties you faced.
very interesting note as well.

Hello Sri – Impressive picture of this Heliotropium amplexicaule. Excellent view showing us all the details of the inflorescence. Colours from the flowers properly caught.

Technical achievement

• Excellent focus on the whole inflorescence
• Perfect exposure with an appropriate choice of aperture/speed and iso
• Perfect depth of field and sharpness
• Good contrast
• Excellent sharpness showing all the details of the flowers
• Precise white balance and exact colour rendering
• Good post processing without any excess
• Good background blur, making the Ibis very visible.


• Interesting picture showing the flower in a natural situation; very good capture.
• Efficient framing and composition with an appropriate disposition of the subject in the middle of the frame. I appreciate the treatment of the background giving a dynamic aspect to your photography: I looks like as if the plant is “emerging” from the ground in the middle of the grasses; congratulations.

Thank you for the sharing.

Have a good day.


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