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Wildflowers at the gorge

Wildflowers at the gorge
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Copyright: Alli Hemingway (annagrace) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 527 W: 18 N: 851] (2996)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-18
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Olympus C4000Z
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-27 13:56
Viewed: 3913
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Danube Aperture is between Kelheim and Weltenburg in the national park Altmuehl valley in Germany.
In the central regions of Africa, Dr. Hironimus, a renowned explorer, encountered a traveller, and he asked his counterpart: "Which place do you consider the most beautiful spot on earth?" The answer was: "For me the most beautiful spot on earth is in Germany, precisely in the heart of Bavaria. Certainly you donīt know the place; itīs the Danube Valley between Weltenburg and Kelheim". Dr. Hironimus was delighted and said: "How well I know that! Only a few miles south of it, there is my home town, Abensberg".
The aperture near Weltenburg is Germanyīs most remarkable valley breaking through a mountain barrier, and it is a most important part of the national preserved areas of Bavaria.

A number of favourable factors have come together to create something absolutely unique:
- the elementary force of nature
- the unequalled ensemble of water, rock, and forest
- the abundance of very rare plants and animals
- the number of evidences of manīs activities since the dawn of history
- the most harmonious combination of natural growth and artifacts

The area around the Danube valley has attracted people since days of yore. In the nearby Altmuehl valley , excavators found the skeleton of a cave-dweller who had lived 50,000 years ago. At exactly the same place, one of the oldest works of art in Germany was found: a palm-sized piece of ivory with the carved picture of a mammoth.

It is certified that the valley has had inhabitants since the Stone Age. In the neolithic age there were lively human activities on the Arzberg ("ore hill").
Near the narrowest part of the valley, there is the oldest abbey of Bavaria, and it looks as if it were mounting guard at the valley. Weltenburg was founded in A. D. 600. I will post photos of it on TE and TL. http://www.altmuehltal.de/kelheim/donau-e.htm

The slopes of the gorge are covered by mixed forests comprising fir-trees, red-beeches, larch-trees, oaks, spruce-firs, maple-trees, pines, yews, hornbeams, willows, hazels, ash-trees and asps. This flower was growing along the riverbank and I am not sure of its identity. I had to crop the photo due to the cloudy sky.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-27 14:52]

Hello Alli and welcombe back! Or are you still in Europe? I seriously think this is one of your better pictures. Colors are great and it has more clarity than your other posts. This is what I call improvement. Keep 'em coming! Well done & TFS!


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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-07-27 16:07]

Hi Alli,
Well done on this capture.
I would have gone in for a closer shot. However, the area seen is very nice as well.
Excellent presentation and very interesting. TFS.


Hello Alli,
Glad to see you've recovered from the long flight home!
This is well captured and shows the BG clearly which is a big plus. I like the low POV and strong colours. Good notes too.
Looking forward to seeing more shots of your trip.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Alli,
Nice composition! Color and detail are good. This looks like a beautiful area. Excellent notes


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-28 8:00]

Hello Alli!
Wonderful shot.Colors,POV,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hello Alli!
Wonderful first post from Europe;).Vivid colors,POV and composition are excellent.Wellcome back.Thanks for sharing.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-07-28 8:56]

Very good shot Alli. The DOF, color and sharpness is very good.

Well done and thanks for posting

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  • moemf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 160] (703)
  • [2005-07-28 10:11]

Hi Alli, very good shot. I love the dash of colour the flowers add to the green surroundings. Great composition, DOF, clarity and colours. I have to agree Pieter one of your best shots yet. A close-up would have been tempting to me too, but I think you called this one just right. The CU would never have captured the feeling like this shot.

Well Done!!


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