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Paradisea liliastrum.

Paradisea liliastrum.
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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: 2007-06-09
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at Trek Nature, Alpine flowers, High Altitude [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-28 17:04
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Paradisea liliastrum.

Mountain meadows in Carinthia, Austria. Dedicated with my best wishes and congratulations to our dear Swiss alpine TN-photographer Anne Gattlen (anel) and her husband who are celebrating their 20th anniversary of being together today.

Since medieval times, Carinthian peasants of the Lesachtal valley have been cutting and drying grass and spicy herbs of mountain meadows to have enough food for their cattle during the long winters. A hard job to get up there from valley bottom elevations through steep and dense forests with all the equipment for cutting the grass, and an equally strenuous and dangerous job to get the hay down on sledges in winter.

Those precious grasslands above the range of forests were gradually expanded by means of clearing the woods from an elevation of 2000m down to 1500m above sea level, allowing a very rich and versatile vegetation to spread and to thrive.

With more than 500 species of plants, 100 species of spiders, 670 species of butterflies and moths reported from that location - a few of them just lately discovered and newly decribed from there, the mountain meadows of Mussen are a uniquely rich and very vulnerable habitat that definitely is depending on human action and cultivation to be maintained.

When in the late 1970s it was no longer economically feasible to cut the grass and harvest the hay, these mountain meadows were given up by the farmers, and woodland started to cover the area again. In 1978, the place called Mussen, being particularly rich in rare and unusual plants, was declared one of Carinthia's first nature protection areas, and from government funds, farmers are now getting paid good money to go on with cutting the grass of their meadows every two years to keep the forest from invading and destroying the ecologically tremendously rich meadows.

Protection of nature does not always mean to let things go, but to actively preserve certain habitats to keep their rich biodiversity.

Paradisea liliastrum (L.) Bertol.

Paradise Lily
Weiße Trichterlilie

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family: Anthericaceae
Genus: Paradisea

Paradisea liliastrum (L.) Bertol., Syn.: Hemerocallis liliastrum (L.) is a rare and conspicuous perennial plant with large white blossoms, that grows 30 to 50cm high on a few mountain meadow locations in Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, and Spain.


Christian Wieser & Christian Komposch: Paradieslilie und Höllenotter. Bergwiesenlandschaft Mussen, Klagenfurt 2002


The camera:
SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 6 mm wideangle macro (equivalent 36mm at full size SLR), F/8, 1/500 sec., ISO-125, hand held, no flash. 09.06.2007, 11:09.

Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped to the left and the right, downsized to the web, selectively resharpened, levels slightly adjusted.

Mussen meadows are still a rather secret place. It takes a long but pleasant walk from the little village of Sankt Jakob im Lesachtal to get there. In early summer in particular, you will be entering a paradise of flowers and butterflies - but you may end up getting into one of those frequent thunderstorms that region is also famous for.

Hope you enjoy.
Thank you for looking.

Matt-Bird, ppmiranda, greghume, petrudamsa, anel, parthasarathi, Janice, Argus, JoseMiguel, keanhoon, Alex99, uleko, pilonm, Silke, Debz, valy67, Miss_Piggy, Ingrid1 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Ingrid1: mountains ... hidden by the cloudspeter_stoeckl 2 07-13 18:04
To Argus: ... our biological diversitypeter_stoeckl 1 07-26 13:37
To JoseMiguel: Thank you, José Miguelpeter_stoeckl 1 07-26 13:21
To uleko: hay-making will continuepeter_stoeckl 1 07-26 12:46
To pilonm: 2 hills meetingpeter_stoeckl 1 07-26 02:46
To Silke: Thank you, Silke.peter_stoeckl 1 07-26 02:29
To PaulH: summer tranquilitypeter_stoeckl 1 07-26 02:17
To anel: Meine herzlichen Glückwünsche!peter_stoeckl 2 07-02 00:19
To petrudamsa: Petru, Piotr, Pete ....peter_stoeckl 1 06-29 16:08
To claudine: - hidden paradise.peter_stoeckl 1 06-28 17:29
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So... This is your secret place Peter! I'm so glad that it is still secret as it really looks like a little hidden paradise. What an amazing POV! When I had a look at the gallery, this picture jumped in my face :) Wow! This composition, exposure and DOF are superb and so are colors, saturation and your so interesting notes. My only question is: did you use noise reduction in some parts? This is another high quality post from you, congrats!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-28 17:27]
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Hello Peter,
All three views are beautiful. I especially like the close-up of the Paradise Lily.
The main photo is interesting because of the nice low POV and the slope of the hills. It also nice to see the lily in a prominent place in the foreground. This looks like a beautiful place in the spring with all the colorful wildflowers. Very nice focus and exposure. Great note.


Very well done. I like the comp. Great veiw. Very nicely done.


Hello Peter
Very interesting composition and POV. Remarkable diversity, all the more so since it relies on human intervention. Excellent note.

Hello Peter,

and happy Anniversary Day! (to you, to me and to all people named Peter, Piotr, Pete, Pieter, etc)
Very nice angle you got here; lovely alpine scenery. This is a beautiful flower that it's a pitty we don't have it growing in Romania too. So I have to content myself with watching it on your photo.

Cheers, Petru

Gorgeous colors and love you pov on this. Beautifully taken. TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-28 22:41]
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Hallo Peter,
Paradiesische Aussicht auf diese Naturwiesen und wunderschönes Panorama auf Deiner Workshopdarstellung. Jetzt weiss ich, wo Du in Kärnten warst. Sehr interessant konstruiertes Bild mit dem Akkzent auf die Paradieslilie und den anderen Wiesenblumen im Vordergrund. Der Blick kann dann frei über den Hügel bis zum wolkenbeladenen Himmel schweifen. Heute genau vor 20 Jahren habe ich geheiratet. Die Kapelle schmückten wir mit Wiesenblumen, die Paradieslilie war unter ihnen.
Mit herzlichen Grüssen

Hello Peter,
My first thought when I saw this was 'Heidi'. It is just a fabulous pov, lovely flowers with natural light, a myriad of colours and great composition!
Well done!
kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-29 0:38]

Hello Peter,
Very nice close up.Well seen and composed.I liked low level POV,large DOF,exposure and visual impact also a lot.Have a great day!

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-29 1:11]

Hola amigo Peter,
precioso pov, y dof.
bellos colores y magnífico fg,
sensacional trabajo,

Hi Peter,
As soon as I saw your photo I thought 'Macro photographs paradise. Im glad you have such a place to retreat too. Its a beatiful and well captured photo of a wonderful place.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-06-29 3:28]

Hi Peter, what a wonderful place this looks. I'd love to go through these mountain meadows and see these flowers. It looks so attractive an area.
Thank you for showing it to us.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-29 4:01]
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Hello Peter,
Wonderful shot of an alpine meadow taken from an inspiring POV and supplemented by an excellent note describing how our biological diversity is disappearing because we no longer farm our lands like our fathers did. Even the management of the few nature reserves that are left is threatened because of other economical priorities.
So it is great that you posted this. Also a suitable token to congratulate Anne on her wedding anniversary. She is a fine naturalist and photographer.
TFS and best wishes to you,

Hi Peter,
A wonderful landscpae!
I like so much your upwards POV that let us see the confluence of this two hills, and with that blue sky and clouds formations at the back.
So good the composition made with all that flowers sparked all around, it adds color accents to the whole image.
Love the foreclose flower, with its white that stands out from the image.
A great image to dedicate!
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Great, nicely composed. I like the combination of clear blue sky matching with natural green and white. well done.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-30 9:04]

Hi, dear Peter.
hat a nice dedication and great note for your amazing picture. I again and again am impressed with POV and DOF which have been selected by you. Terrific view is full of colorfull grass, flowers, sky and clouds. I like superb ;ights and composition of the shot, great details of every object. Bravo and my best regards.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-01 10:17]

Hi Peter,
Really lovely view of this alpine meadow so full of wonderfu flowers. I like the panoramic view even more!
TFS and best regards, José M.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-01 11:21]
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Hello Peter,
This is such a wonderful view of an alpine meadow and the lily in all three shots is very beautiful. WHat a relief to hear that hay-making will continue in order to preserve the lovely meadows of Kärnten. This is a clever capture; I like the very low POV, the flowers in sharp focus and the sloping hills beyond. Lovely composition!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hello Peter,

Very nice picture with a remarkable composition by having the 2 hills meeting at the center of the image! Plus, your great explanations note bring more interest to this great place! So, I suspect that most of your beautiful pictures of butterflies are took there! Excellent POV and great natural colors!

Great job and TFS,


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-06 13:56]
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Delightful composition with outstanding colours and details!
I look forward to seeing your shots when you get back!!

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-12 8:41]
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Hi Peter,
what a stunning photo, it has the very essence of summer tranquility in it. Strong colours and composition combine to make this a feast for the eyes. Wonderful.

Halo Peter.Veri nice composition colors ....

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-31 2:18]

What a lovely composition, with an excellent POV. It certainly reminds me of Austria. Great light, lovely colours and all nice and sharp. An interesting collection of flora with a great note.

Hello Peter !
What a wonderful landscape ! There are so many different flowers, from all shapes and colors ! I also like the composition and lot, with flowers in FG and wonderful landscape in BG. Excellent details, nice natural colors, beautiful low POV. Its a fantatic picture. Very well done !

Hallo Peter
I would love to walk through a field with flowers as beautiful as these ones on your photograph. I think I'll forget about the time, I'll stop at each one and admire the beauty, and if they have a fragrance I'll like to smell them. I am also sure that in between I'll find different kinds of insects or butterflies and all other lovely kinds of grasses, weeds and hidden treasures of interest. This is really a beautiful display of nature. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

Dear Peter,
What a wonderful fantasy to be flat on my stomach and seeing what you saw and captured so ably in this photo . You skillfully draw the viewers' eyes up and leaving it to us to guess, which mountains are hidden by the clouds.

In the South African Lowveld are no meadows like in Europe, only dry veld, and we both - my husband and I - miss terribly the scenery you described in your notes.
Although we used to go overseas two times annually, the memories - even supported by photos - are at the end not grass can touch, smell or chew...

Thanks for the informative notes, and the natural colours, and I add your work to my theme "high altitude"

Warm greetings from Limpopo, South Africa

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