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Sweet Pretender

Sweet Pretender
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-02
Categories: Flowers, Trees
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-09-24 5:40
Viewed: 3894
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I could not resist adding a spring image to my gallery just as we are seeing the first lovely images of the fall. I have fond memories to go with this image, memories of a few days spent exploring a new country completely on my own, with weather that cooperated beautifully.:D

And thank you to Krzysztof Pabis for providing me with the ID here.

This is a close-up of the flowers of a tree that is naturalised in Alsace, having ironically originated from just a little south of me on the North American continent. It is known as the False Acacia Robinia pseudoacacia. But sweet it is nonetheless, for it is the source of the renowned acacia monofloral honey from France.

According to wiki: "The wood is extremely hard, resistant to rot and long lasting, making it prized for fence posts and small watercraft. As a young man, Abraham Lincoln spent a lot of time splitting rails and fence posts from black locust logs."

Another interesting fact is that it is (according to Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Fact sheets http:osufacts.okstate.edu) "unsurpassed as firewood for wood stoves; it burns slowly, with little visible flame or smoke, and has a higher heat content than any other wood that grows in the Eastern US, comparable to the heat content of anthracite."

Another curious fact about this tree comes from a lady I met on the train that day(I love talking to strangers). She told me that her boyfriend, an experienced forester, picks these flowers in the woods (this is a naturalised tree, not a cultivated one), rolls them in a light batter and fries them up for a delicately flavoured dessert!

Tech: composed in camera, resized for TN, sharpened, added frame and signature

Thanks to everyone for looking and for trying to help me track down the ID

eqshannon, marhowie, gracious, John_F_Kennedy, pierrefonds, angybone, jmirah, parthasarathi has marked this note useful
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I love the contrast between the ones not hit by light and those in direct light. A fine use of contrasts and colors. I shall attempt an ID, but have no ID-ah.

Hi Silke
Beautiful light. Great delicate spring time image. I like composition very much.
Very best wishes

PS Maybe it is Robinia pseudacacia

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-24 9:09]

Hi Silke,

These are such lovely flowers. They could be used in a bride's bouquet. The lighting is wonderful. Very pretty.


Hi silke nice shot
well focusd and nice flower
colours are nice too
Tfs TOba

My friend Silke,
Sorry I can not help you with the ID but I know this is a lovely captured of the flowers in perfect sharpness, great use of the lighting, vivid colour and details!
I loved this beautiful composition of yours
best regards

Hi Silke,
that's beautiful, I love the flowers so much, good light and good sharpness.
It looks like Wisteria - but that's blue, but I have seen it also is possible in white.
It is called Wisteria sinensis 'Alba'.
Bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Bonsoir Silke
Bonne présentation,félicitations pour l'exposition et la justesse des couleurs.

Merci pour l'envoie...JP

This motive is beautiful. I specially liked the contrast between the background and the flower
Best wishes,

Hi Silke,

A good POV of the False Acadia flowers, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


I agree with the others - a wonderful use of light. Awesome! :)

This is indeed a delicate capture with nice details and composition. You also managed well with exposure as this white is not easy to expose without OE and here, eveything is OK with those beautiful shadow zones. They are nice flowers! Thanks!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-25 4:34]

Silke, Nice shot and lovely frame. The sharpness of the picture is very good. Ganesh

Interesting light Silke..Great point of focus, DOF, detail, color, and comp.
I found your note a very interesting read as well, right up to the desert :)
Very well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-25 8:12]

Hello Silke

This shot has lovely lighting.The focus and details are sharp.Nicely composed in the frame.TFS


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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-09-25 10:34]

Hi Silke,
Lovely soft colors make this an excellent photo. Very well done. Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

A good visual and use of light that created an effect on the petals of the Acacia. Darker walls could bring the frame more attractive but I know this is not a studio job.

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