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Viola odorata L.

Viola odorata L.
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Copyright: Ena Simic (Ena) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-29
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/2, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(purple/violet)II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-29 7:59
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Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my TN friends, I wasn't much around these days. I was a little sick (had a flu)!
I'm back now :-)

Picture taken a few minutes ago in my garden!


Viola odorata is a species of the genus Viola native to Europe and Asia, but has also been introduced to North America and Australasia. It is commonly known as Sweet Violet, English Violet, Common Violet, or Garden Violet. The herb is known as Banafsa, Banafsha or Banaksa in India, where it is commonly used as remedy to cure sore throat and tonsilitis.

Viola odorata is quite similar to other species of violet, but can be distinguished by the following characteristics:

* the flowers have a sweet scent,
* the flowers are normally either dark violet or white,
* the leaves and flowers are all in a basal rosette,
the style is hooked (and does not end with a rounded appendage),
* the leaf-stalks have hairs which point downwards, and
* the plant spreads with stolons (above-ground shoots).

The species can be found near the edges of forests or in clearings; it is also a common "uninvited guest" in shaded lawns or elsewhere in gardens. The flowers appear as early as February and last until the end of April.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Violaceae
Genus: Viola
Species: V. odorata

Source: Wikipedia

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-29 8:06]

Hi Ena,
Wonderful shot of these beautiful flowers with very impressive sharpness and lovely colours. The petals and shape of the flower look very interesting and I like the natural surrounding and the ambience portrayed here. Superb lighting and spot-on focus. Great low POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Ciao Ena,
bellisiima e delicata immagine di questa viola.
I colori sono molto naturali e la luce diffusa consente di apprezzarli al meglio.
Spero ti sia ristabilita completamente dall'influenza.
Ciao e buon fine settimana,

Hi Ena
Very nice shot of these Viola. Good sharpness nice OOF background nice saturated colors. I am wondering how it looks like croped (square crop) without the flower on the right side. Maybe you try it - I think that it will improve the composition
Best wishes

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-29 8:34]

Hello Ena,
We have these in our garden too and they are hard to remove from the flower borders whwer we don't want them.
However this is a beautiful flower and yuo have captured it well with good sharpness, detail and colours.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and have a good weekend!

Hello Ena,
another beautiful plants and another great macro shot with superb colors, great sharp details, POV/DOF and composition. TFS, well done

Copionaaaa !!Ahahaha...sembra che andiamo a braccetto io e te,prima i campanellini,adesso le viole,complimenti per i colori e per il bel gruppetto floreale,grazie per la foto e buon week-end,Luciano

Hi Ena,

Wonderful close-up capture of this beautiful flower with lovely colors, excelent details an lighting.
TFS my friend!


Hello Ena,
Perfect DOF in capturing this purple flora!
the exposure and focus is superb with sharpness in details
a well done job
thanks for the notes too

very well done.lovely natural colours and great compositional work...good notes as well.... ,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-02-29 11:01]

Hi Ena. Glad to see you are better now. You have captured a fine close up of the Viola . you have captured it with good detail and colours. a very low pov . well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello Ena
This is a lovely Viola..I also have them growing in my garden but have never really thought to get lay flat as you must have done to get a picture.
The colours and sharpness are superb and its great to a posting that shows spring is well on its way.
Tfs and Best Regards

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-02-29 13:23]

Welcome back, Ena!

Lovely capture of the violet!

There is a new iris for you on my gallery...



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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-29 15:09]

Hi Ena

Wonderful POV with superb detail and colour. Well seen and captured.


Not sure I have ever seen this plant in the USA. To me it looks like an early spring blooming plant we called a Pansy in the USA, only it is narrower.

Pansies grow in temperate zones in North America.

Hi Ena,

Good of sharpness with beautiful colours and detail.
Also the pov and dof are good.
Nice note too.

regards Gert

Hello Ena,

Beautiful composition. I like very much the low POV. Great sharpness and wonderful colours.
Well done,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-01 3:25]

Lovely shot of this pretty little flower!
You chosen a brilliant POV and then have composed it superbly well!
Nice colours and lighting.
Crisp and sharp.
Well done Ena.
Sorry to hear you had the flu :-(



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-01 5:48]

Hello Ena,
Once again you share the beautiful flora of your country with this superb image. The colors and sharpness of which is excellent. Hope you are back to good health very soon.

Hi Ena,

Nice photo of that violet, good and sharp with good exposure too.


Ciao Ena, splendido fuoco su questa deliziosa violetta, magnifico il colore, brava, ti auguro un buon week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Ena,
A perfect-lovely capture of thiis beutiful flower with superb composition, excellent details and sharpnes. TFS. Regards,

Hello Ena,
very nice shot of these Viola, this is a very beautifull flower,
focus is perfect and show us many beautifull details
well done,

Hello Ena,
How many remembers from my childhood, playing in tiny wooded lands in my town, came to my mind when think in violets. Here is an introduced plants that blossoms in winter, many times belows acacias... I love it fragance
Maybe the angle is not the best but i like the trio

lovely humble flowers which speak to our hearts of the end of the cold winter....
nice presnetto us all ena
happy sunday

Buen detalle de esta pequeña flor, donde los colores de toda la toma están bien logrados por su naturalidad.
Abrazo Ena: J. Ignasi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-02 5:31]

Hi, dear Ena.
Do not have a flu. Take care.
I see your garden is blossoming and green and you have nice opportunity to take charming flower picture as this one. Very nice shot with spring pleasant colours of first vegetations and flowers. I also like composition of the picture (you have presented cute flower trio) and nice smooth BG. My best spring wishes and TFS.

Le printemps arrive et les sujets photographiques ne manquent pas. Celui-ci annonce le printemps.
Bonne journée.

Hi Ena,
A lovely capture of this beautiful flower. Excellent sharp details and a fine composition. Luciano has also posted the same subject. I love the colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2008-03-03 2:38]

Beautiful colours and light, nice shot!



Hello Ena beautifull colours and nice sharp detail good DOF. Well composed, I like the two out of focus flowers either side it gives the main flower a 3D feeling tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Ena, A perfect image. All is perfect; composition colors details contrast, all is beautiful. TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-03-03 23:22]

Hello Ena,
Amazed to see that you have already Viola in your garden. These are of my favourite flowers and you took the picture from an interesting very low point of view. So we are on the same level as the little flower, which seems to talk to us.
Thanks alot and best regards

Hi Ena,

Perfect capture! Beautiful flower. TFS. Greetings,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-04 9:34]

Hello Ena, splendid shot very well focused, wonderfull natural colors and beautiful flower indeed.

Hi Ena,
while here in Canaa we still have to battle with snow, you have flowers growing.
Beautiful Spring composition with lovely colors and nice sharp detail.

Hi Ena,
Glad to hear you are now well.....I also suffered from the flu a few weeks back.This one is a lovely one.Nice natural colours and I like the muted pair in the background.The petals seem almost like a butterfly in their shape.Take care.
Regards, David

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-09 11:09]

hello Ena
whats a beautiful flower and good capture
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and note
thanks for sharing

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-23 5:45]

Cao Ena,
super close-up, kompozicija i ugao su odlicni,
super boje i detalji!

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