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Copyright: Franco Degani (degani) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-25
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-03 23:15
Viewed: 3914
Points: 18
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Crocus sativus
Saffron (pronounced /ˈsæfrən/, /ˈsæfrɒn/) is a spice derived from the flower of the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus), a species of crocus in the family Iridaceae. The flower has three stigmas, which are the distal ends of the plant's carpels. Together with its style, the stalk connecting the stigmas to the rest of the plant, these components are often dried and used in cooking as a seasoning and colouring agent. Saffron, which has for decades been the world's most expensive spice by weight, is native to Southwest Asia. It was first cultivated in the vicinity of Greece.
Saffron is characterised by a bitter taste and an iodoform- or hay-like fragrance; these are caused by the chemicals picrocrocin and safranal. It also contains a carotenoid dye, crocin, that gives food a rich golden-yellow hue. These traits make saffron a much-sought ingredient in many foods worldwide. Saffron also has medicinal applications.
The word saffron originated from the 12th-century Old French term safran, which derives from the Latin word safranum. Safranum is also related to the Italian zafferano and Spanish azafrán. Safranum comes from the Arabic word aṣfar (أَصْفَر‎), which means "yellow," via the paronymous zaʻfarān (زَعْفَرَان‎), the name of the spice in Persian.

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delicatissimi i crochi con lo zafferano

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-04 2:37]

Ciao Franco,vedere ancora i crochi il 25 Aprile e' un evento quasi eccezionale,si vede che la quest'anno la stagione e' decisamente in ritardo! Ottimi colori e nitidezza,e poi li si puo' apprezzare fuori e dentro tutto nella stessa foto.Complimenti e buona giornata,Luciano

Hi my beloved friend Franco,
Another splendid macro shot of this beautiful flower which I have not seen before. TFS. Take care my friend.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-05-04 4:45]
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Hello Franco, Superb macro shot of this very beautiful minute and wild flower. TFS. Regards,

Ottima macro con splendidi riflessi argentati sui petali. Ancor più da apprezare perchè mi sembra fatta in assenza di luce diretta.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-04 4:59]

Bonjour Franco,
Très bel ensemble formé par ces trois Crocus. Image très naturelle aussi. Vive le printemps!
Meilleures salutations

What a lovely shot. Franco.
Very well seen.

Hello Franco, splendid flower and wonderful close-up shot. TFS. Regards,

Hello Franco, wonderfull colurs and superb macro work. TFS and regards,

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