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International Women's Day

International Women's Day
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(pink)III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-08 5:55
Viewed: 4857
Points: 26
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International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD) is marked on 8 March every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women. Started as a political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries (primarily Russia and the countries of former Soviet bloc). In some celebrations, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their sympathy and love to the women around them - somewhat similar to Western Mother's Day and St Valentine's Day mixed together. In others, however, the political and human rights theme as designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

The IWD is also celebrated as the first spring holiday, as in the listed countries the first day of March is considered the first day of the spring season.



Orchids (Orchidaceae family) are the largest and most diverse of the flowering plant (Angiospermae) families, with over 800 described genera and 25,000 species. Some sources give 30,000 species, but the exact number is unknown since classification differs greatly in the academic world. Revisions of different genera occur on a monthly basis and this will increase with the growing use of genetic research and biochemistry. There are another 100,000+ hybrids and cultivars produced by horticulturists, created since the introduction of tropical species in the 19th century. The Kew World Checklist of Orchids includes about 24,000 accepted species. About 800 new species are added each year. Orchids, through their interactions with pollinators and their symbiosis with orchid mycorrhizal fungi, are considered by some, along with the grasses, to be examples of the most advanced (derived) floral evolution known.

All orchid species are protected for the purposes of international commerce under CITES as potentially threatened or endangered in their natural habitat, with most species listed under Appendix II. A number of species and genera are afforded protection under Appendix I, including all Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium, Mexipedium, Cypripedium, and Selenipedium species. Many other species are protected by both international and national legislation, while hybrids are supposed to be specifically exempted, hybrid orchids are not allowed into the United States without a CITES permit. Reason that is given is that the authorities can not distinguish the difference between hybrids and species.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-03-08 6:08]

Beautiful shot Heinz !!Lovely colours&composition.Liked POV...TFS!!..

Seen you after a long period of absence, Heinz. Hope all is well.
What a fine tribute you pay to the women of the world through this delicate and tender study of orchids!
A beautiful picture like that surely makes TN a rich place for everyone.
Best regards.

Hello Heinz,
Beautiful this Phalenopsis from the wild!
I used to have some plant very similar to this one that last for several years.
It's so beautiful, and a perfect choice to celebrate the women's day.
You had a favorable illumination and did a pretty well composition with all the elements.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Beautiful shot Heinz for a very worthwhile tribute.

I found you note very informative and using the flower as a link was a good idea. Well done on producing a very high standard macro of these delightful flowers.

Excellent colour rendition and the perfect aperture to reduce the background to a blur.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-08 10:07]

Hi Heinz.
First of all I am very glad to see you on TN.
Thank you so much for these heart words. It is true. This Holiday is very popular in our countries. This day is the day off. Your present is wonderful, created with love and skillfulness. Amazing colours, lighting and DOF. My best wishes to all women of your family. TFS.

hi heinz,
nice dedication, lovely shot, well composed, nice colour tones,the darg bg helps the flowers stand out,
tfs & regards

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-08 10:38]

Hi Heinz.
Exquisite composition with splendid orchid.You certainly very good to all women here on TN :-)
I don't know if am your remark at the close all right comprehended,but to us starts spring as far as 20th March.
TFS this amazing picture.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-08 11:07]

Hello Heinz,
How very nice to see you back and thanks for this lovely dedication of beautiful orchids.
I think this is a flower that decorates many homes today and helps to brighten up the grey days and reminds us of the wonders of nature.
Wonderful composition showing sharp details and lovely bright colours!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hallo Heinz,

Es ist schoen Dich "wiederzusehen"! Ich hoffe alles ist in Ordnung! Sehr nett von Dir allen Frauen in der Welt Blumen zu "schenken"! Sie werden sich sicherlich darauf freuen!
Eine merkwuerdige Aufnahme mit ausgezeichneten technischen und kuenstlichen Eigenschaften! Das Bild sieht atemberaubend aus, mit wunderschoenen Farben und fantastischem Kontrast! Die Zusammensetzung ist einfach und sehr wirkungsvoll und das Subjekt hervorragend! Danke!

Mit Besten Gruessen,

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-03-08 14:57]

Hi Heinz,
A lovely bouquet of these amazing looking orchids...they are always a joy to view.You have chosen a good POV to catch them all at such a good angle and they are clear and sharp.Good strong colours and a nice use of DOF to make them stand out.Well done.
Regards, David

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-08 18:55]

Hello Heinz,
Lovely capture of these beautiful flowers, The colors and details are amazing, thanks for sharing.

Hi Heinz,
Very beautiful and rich color saturation on this shot of the orchids. Very sharp detail. Looks really great!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-03-09 5:01]

Heinz my friend, good to see you. How are you?
And thank you for the beautiful orchids - I'll accept them gladly, thank you.
They are very pretty, and I like the colours and patterns,

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