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Nigella damascena

Nigella damascena
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Copyright: jurek jerzy (jurek1951) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 0 N: 628] (3159)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-22
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-20 12:29
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Points: 28
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Nigella damascena (Love-in-a-mist) is an annual garden flowering plant, belonging to the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae).

It is native to southern Europe (but adventive in more northern countries of Europe), north Africa and southwest Asia. It is also commonly grown in gardens in North America. It is found on neglected, damp patches of land.

The plant's common name comes from the flower being nestled in a ring of multifid, lacy bracts. It's also sometimes called Devil-in-the-Bush.

It grows to 20–50 cm tall, with pinnately divided, thread-like, alternate leaves.

The flowers are most commonly different shades of blue, but can be white, pink, or pale purple; with 5-25 sepals. The actual petals are located at the base of the stamens and are minute and clawed. The sepals are the only colored part of the perianth. The 4-5 carpels of the compound pistil have each an erect style. The flowers blossom in May and June.

The fruit is a large and inflated capsule, growing from a compound ovary, and is composed of several united follicles, each containing numerous seeds. This is rather exceptional for a member of the buttercup family. The capsule becomes brown in late summer. The plant self-seeds, growing on the same spot year after year.

They are much used in dried flower bouquets.

The flower has been grown in English cottage gardens since Elizabethan times. The most common variety is 'Miss Jekyll' which has blue flowers, but the more recent 'Persian Jewels' is a mixture of white, pink, lavender and blue flowers. 'Persian Rose' is pale pink. Other cultivars are 'Albion', 'Blue Midget', 'Cambridge Blue', 'Mulberry Rose', and 'Oxford Blue'. The 'Dwarf Moody Blue' is around six inches high.

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Hi Jurek,
Very nice captured of this beautiful flower, very good depth of flied, great sharpness, excellent point of view and beautiful colours,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Bonita flor y muy bien presentada. La luz al límite pero bien controlada.
Aquí tenemos una especie similar.
Saludos Jurek: J. Ignasi.

Ciao Jurek, beautiful composition with lovely flower, excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Jurek,
fine capture of this lolvely flower with good management of light and beautiful colours. I also like the fine sharpness and the well chosen POV.
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-20 22:00]

Hello Jurek,
A fine capture of this Nigella flower. The DOF is excellent and the sharpness of the flower complete against a pleasing blurry BG. Great natural colours and lighting too. Very good note.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-20 22:57]

Hallo Jurek,
Ladny kweiatek ,bardzo ladne jego zdjecie.Swietne szczegoly,doskonala ostrodc ,naturalna kolorystyka moze ciut za duzo swiatla.Calosc podoba sie.Pozdrawiam Siggi

Hi Jurek,
good compo of this ranunculaceae
TFS Ferran

Czesc Jurek.
Piekne zdjecie!! Swietna ostrosc i kolory. Bardzo duzo szczegolow. Wspaniala kompozycja i swiatlo.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-21 9:06]

Hi Jurek,what a beautiful and rare flower and what a magnificent pic,the sharpness and the colors are fantastic like the perfect choice of point of view.Very very interesting.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Jurek,
A splendid species of flower. The details and colors are superb.
I love the excellent contrast against the green background and the perfect focus with razor sharp details.
Thanks for sharing!

Excellent depth of field with good detail, nicely framed. regards yiannis

Hello Jurek
Beautiful photo with good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hi Jurek,

Maybe a little to much bg but further good pov and sharpness.
We have these flower here als summerflower in gardens.
Fine colors.


Hallo Jurek,
a very beautiful macro shot of this splendid flower, very good sharpness and delicate colour tones, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

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