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Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-27
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(white)II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-31 13:56
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Convallaria majalis commonly known as the Lily of the Valley.

The lily-of-the-valley has not traditionally held any special position in Finland. This is demonstrated merely by its mundane Finnish dialect names, which are often derived from the similarity of its leaves to a cow's tongue. It was, however, known as a medicinal plant - and as a poison; it is, after all, one of the most poisonous plants in Finland. In the first votes for a national flower the lily-of-the-valley did not, in fact, do particularly well, as Finns, most of whom still lived in rural communities in the 1930s, favoured the cornflower and the ox-eye daisy. In 1982, however, when the population had become increasingly urban, the lily-of-the-valley was chosen as the national flower.

The lily-of-the-valley occurs almost all over Finland, although it is by now very rare in Lapland. In Southern Finland, it is a common flower in dry or deciduous forest and on the edges of woods. The lily-of-the-valley flowers in June. Its white flowers have a delicate, heady scent, sometimes used by the perfume industry.

The lily-of-the-valley has a sturdy rootstock and a stem with two leaves. The flowers can be forced in winter, but not all the stems on one rootstock will flower; it is not as easy to force as tulips or crocuses.

The red berries mature in the autumn. The striking contrast between the blue seed and the red fruit could be construed as a warning signal about their poisonous nature. People in Finland are well aware of it, so the plant has never caused any serious cases of poisoning. Furthermore, the berries are completely harmless to birds, and various woodland birds, possibly including thrushes, seem to spread the seeds to new locations.


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Hi Shir,
Wonderful use of the backlight. It really illuminated the flowers and the leaf perfectly. I like the simple but effective composition with the flowers hanging toward the right and the large leave to balance it. Great work on the DOF and exposure.

Hola Shir.
Bella y delicada presentación ésta de hoy.
Fantásticos colores y hermoso juego de luces y sombras.
Una nota muy buena y completa.
Saludos, JL.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-31 14:39]

Hi Shir. a simple picture of a lovley flower but a excellent shot. The pastle greens and white flower heads look very good . a very nice composition. well done TFS. good notes to.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-12 6:49]

Hello Shir,
The lighting compostion and sharpness make this an excellent capture of the Lily-of-the Valley.
The use of the side lighting here is very effective in producing an attractive image.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hola Shir,
Una composición muy bella, además de gran nitidez y luminosidad, Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Shir,

I like that shot, nice composition and good sharp focus, good note too. This plant has made the jump to the USA and now occurs in the wild here too, grows in the woods near my home.


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