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winter beauty
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Copyright: Jacqueline Schnepp (Noisette) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-27
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, 55-200mm f/4-5.6GED-IF AF-S DX VR Zoom N
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-09 2:32
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Points: 70
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Hello All

today is my birthday and i will celebrate this day with you all,

this shot is taken the same day and at the same place as my previous post, one of the only sunny and warm day this year before winter is coming back

we have seen this flowers a many times this last days but i love this white and courageous beauties
this shot is not perfect, tje white petals are a bit overexposed but was situated in full sunlight


Galanthus is a small genus of about 20 species in the family Amaryllidaceae commonly known as Snowdrops. Most flower in winter, before the Spring Equinox (21st March in the Northern Hemisphere) but certain species flower in late autumn and early spring.
Snowdrops are sometimes confused with their relatives, snowflakes, which are Leucojum and Acis species; see below.


Galanthus nivalis is the best-known and most widespread representative of the genus Galanthus. It is native to a large area of Europe, stretching from the Pyrenees in the west, through France and Germany to Poland in the north, Italy, Northern Greece and European Turkey. It has been introduced and is widely naturalised elsewhere. Although it is often thought of as a British native wild flower, or to have been brought to the British Isles by the Romans, it was probably introduced around the early sixteenth century.

Most other Galanthus species are from the eastern Mediterranean, though several are found in South Russia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Galanthus fosteri comes from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and maybe Israel.


Some snowdrop species are threatened in their wild habitats, and in most countries it is now illegal to collect bulbs from the wild. Under CITES regulations, international trade in any quantity of Galanthus, whether bulbs, live plants or even dead ones, is illegal without a CITES permit. This applies to hybrids and named cultivars as well as species. CITES does, however, allow a limited trade in wild-collected bulbs of just three species (G. nivalis, G, elwesii and G. woronowii) from Turkey and Georgia.


All species of Galanthus are perennial, herbaceous plants which grow from bulbs. Each bulb generally produces just two or three linear leaves and an erect, leafless scape (flowering stalk), which bears at the top a pair of bract-like spathe valves joined by a papery membrane. From between them emerges a solitary, pendulous, bell-shaped white flower, held on a slender pedicel. The flower has no petals: it consists of six tepals, the outer three being larger and more convex than the inner series. The six anthers open by pores or short slits. The ovary is three-celled, ripening into a three-celled capsule. Each whitish seed has a small, fleshy tail (elaiosome) containing substances attractive to ants which distribute the seeds. The leaves die back a few weeks after the flowers have faded.

The inner flower segments are usually marked with a green, or greenish-yellow, bridge-shaped mark over the small "sinus" (notch) at the tip of each tepal.

An important feature which helps to distinguish between species (and to help to determine the parentage of hybrids) is their "vernation" (the arrangement of the emerging leaves relative to each other). This can be "applanate", "supervolute" or "explicative". In applanate vernation the two leaf blades are pressed flat to each other within the bud and as they emerge; explicative leaves are also pressed flat against each other, but the edges of the leaves are folded back or sometimes rolled; in supervolute plants one leaf is tightly clasped around the other within the bud and generally remains at the point where the leaves emerge from the soil.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-09 2:35]
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Bonjour Jacqueline,
une image splendide.
Jolies couleurs avec une très bien choisi POV.
Une autre macro magnifique sur ces perce-neige. Ils annoncent la venue du printemps de chaque année. J'espère que vous venez de printemps. Dimanche j'étais en visite à Strasbourg, mais le vent battait très fort et a été froid.

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Winter beauty ...
Sharp details, great colors and a beautiful composition.
Best wishes,

Hello Jacqueline,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. I wish you many years to go.
Great photo to celebrate this day. Wonderful beautiful light and colours. Exceptional sharpness and details. Very good low POV and contrasting darker surroundings. Very nice composition.

Hello Jacqueline, excellent shot of snowdrops with nice composition.
TFS and regards,

Ciao Jaqueline. Magnificent playing of light in another delicate compo.


Ciao Jacqueline, beautiful composition with lovely white flowers, superb sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio
PS I'm too waiting for first buterfly of 2010, but today snow and rain:(

hello Jacqueline
Happy Birthday and many years to go
i hope you have a nice day
and this is a nice picture with good details and nice light
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

Chère Jacqueline!

Je te souhaite un joyeux anniversaire et j'espère que vas passer une belle fête. Je te remercie pour ce magnifique cadeau printannier que tu nous offres. Les perce-neiges sont superbes et le contraste très prononcé crée un impact très fort. Tes notes sont très élaborées at intéressantes.



Hi Jacqueline,
I have seen these small flowers, often photographed in TN during the last days. But I must confess that this photo is one that has greater contrast. Moreover, the natural distribution of flowers promotes the visual impact. I like the angle of capture, is ideal to provide some depth. Good work, I send you greetings from Venezuela. TFS,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-03-09 8:33]
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Hello Jacqueline, lovely shot of yhese delicate flowers. Colours, details and composition are wonderful.
TFS ang G's,

Ciao Jacqueline,
joyeux anniversaire! très jolie photo de cettes fleures prises par cet excellent point de vue, le sujet est bien valorisé, très belle lumiere et magnifique netteté.
Ici il fait froid, ce matin -1 à Venice, nous aurons bien mérité le printemps cette année.
Merci et félicitations.
Bonne soirée

Bonjour Jacqueline,

We all wish You a happy birthday! It's right after the International Women's Day, so most probably You get tons of flowers within 2 days. :)

Very nice shot, and very good to know at least a few spring flower species are already out. Great playing with lights and shadows, nice focus / sharpness, pleasant composition. Natural colors and no background noise. Bravo Madame.

Although my eyes are quite sensitive to overexposure, I didn't detect the oe mentioned in Your note (or very-very little indeed, which isn't disturbing at all). Great photo without any doubt.

Friendly regards, László

Sooooo schön, Jaqueline, ich liebe diese Schneeglöckchen-Familie. Hoffnung auf Frühling, warmes Licht, einmalig schön, vielen Dank
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-09 11:03]

Hi Jacqueline ,
Wonderful capture and gift for yourself!
Have a great celebration!
Beautiful and lovely flowers!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-09 11:37]
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Hello Jaqueline.
Happy Bithday to You!Superb capture of these snowdrops from a very good POV with impressive details and sharpness.
Best regards Siggi

Bonsoir mon amie Jacqueline,

Impresive close-up capture of these fantastic snowdrops, the colours and sharpness are nice and appealing. Great composition and exposure too.
TFS and have a nice night MF!


bonjour et bonne anniversaire
de naissance Jacqueline,

jolie photo de ces fleurs avec le POV à leurs niveau,
excellent focus netteté et détails, joli jeux d'ombre
et de lumière, TFS


Salut Jacqueline,
Happy birthday to you, I wish you a healty and happy long life and all the best in your new age.
You celebrated this special day with us. Thank you very much for your kindness.
This is a great shot of very beautiful Galanthus to celebrate this day. well done.
Merci beaucoup. Bonne nuit.

Happy birthday Jacqueline. Wonderful celebration with these beautiful Galanthus flowers.
Best regards

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Joyeux anniversaire !!!
Très belle publication avec cette splendide macro, bien composée dans son cadrage serré, valorisant bien les sujets par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

nice capture, TFS Ori

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-11 2:49]

Hi Jacqueline,
beautiful snow drops in excellent light. The shines really give an outstanding view. The flowers are lovely in its best surroundings scenery.
Well presented shot.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-03-11 3:51]

Bonjour Jacqueline,
Suis un peu en retard pour te féliciter pour ton anniversaire..mais je crois que les petites clochettes blanches sur l'image l'ont fait déjà! Charmante image, si légère, des fleurs comme un petit choeur de dames :-).
Belle lumière déjà printanière, contrairement à ce que nous avons en ce moment-
Bonne journée

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2010-03-11 14:14]

Hello Jaccqueline
Wonderful shot with natural light and colors, the composition is very lovely, with sharpness details.
Well done

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-11 16:37]

Hello Jacqueline,
First of all I want to wish you a Happy Birthday!! You are celebrating it with a beautiful spring scene. I must admit that I have never seen these kind of flowers before, but you have presented them very nicely.
Love the delicate little drooping petals, and especially the tiny green outline on the inner ones. Super detail and great exposure. Well done!!

Bonjour my friend Jacqueline,
aesthetically beautiful photo with beautiful and very good colors and lighting!
"keep photographing!" TFS

Hello Jacqueline,
Wonderful capture of these snowdrops!!
Congratulation and happy birthday to you.

Hello Jaqueline,

an very nice spring picture with good pov and fine colours.

this wonderful macro Galanthus nivalis that announce the arrival of spring
also emphasize the celebration of your birthday ... Happy birthday, albeit late, Jacqueline, I hope that you spent a nice birthday
ciao sERGIO

Bonjour Claude
Très belles couleurs, luminositié et composition pour cette magnifique fleur que je découvre grace a toi. . Exelents détails de la fleur .
Merci pour le partage...JP

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-03-17 21:07]

Hi Jacqueline.
You have almost identical species of snowdrops as we have. Nice presentation of the beautiful plants, I am impressed with exact exposure and impressive combination of white petals and dark colourful surroundings. Thanks for set of spring signs and best wishes.

Enhorabuena por tus 5000 gold star critique!
Un premio a la constancia y al trabajo.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hallo Jaqueline,
bei einem Besuch in deiner Gallerie, haben mich diese Schneeglöckchen gleich angelacht und ich möchte dir bei dieser Gelegenheit auch noch nachträglich zu deinem Geburtstag gratulieren. Bei uns im Wald wachsen leider nur die Frühlings-Knotenblumen, die wir aber auch als Schneeglöckchen bezeichnen. Mir gefällt das helle Licht auf den weißen Blättern, auch wenn es grad noch an der Grenze ist. Jedenfalls ein gutes Bild dieser schönen Pflanze.
Viele Grüße,

This little white flowers look amazing.
Beautiful picture and nice composition.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2010-05-12 11:28]

Hi Jacqueline,
A strong image and pinsharp subject.The greens and white of the flower is nicely contrasted against the browns of the envirnment.Unique and interestingly shaped flowers.
Sorry so late but happy birthday for Feb.[ rather late than never]

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