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Beauty on the border

Beauty on the border
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Copyright: Joanna Wieczorek (cafecrem) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1201 W: 60 N: 1392] (9248)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-08
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 40 points or more (Chapter 5). [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-11 3:41
Viewed: 4731
Points: 44
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This is a heartsease I found on a border between Romania and Hungary.

The Heartsease, Viola triocolor is a common European wild flower, growing as an annual or short-lived perennial. It has been introduced into North America, where it has spread widely, and is known as the Johnny Jump Up (though this name is also applied to similar native species such as the Yellow Pansy). It is the progenitor of the cultivated Pansy, and is therefore sometimes called the Wild Pansy; before the cultivated Pansies were developed, "pansy" was an alternative name for the wild form.

The Heartsease is a small plant of creeping habit, reaching at most 15cm in height, with flowers about 1.5cm in diameter. It grows in short grassland on farms and wasteland, chiefly on acid or neutral soils. It is usually found in partial shade. It flowers from April to September. The flowers can be purple, blue, yellow or white. They are hermaphrodite and self-fertile, pollinated by bees.

As its name implies, Heartsease has a long history of use in herbalism. It has been recommended, among other uses, as a treatment for epilepsy, asthma, skin diseases and eczema. It has expectorant properties, and so has been used in the treatment of chest complaints such as bronchitis and whooping cough. It is also a diuretic, leading to its use in treating rheumatism and cystitis.

The flowers have also been used to make yellow, green and blue-green dyes, while the leaves can be used to make a chemical indicator.

Long before cultivated pansies were developed, the heartsease was associated with thought in the "language of flowers", often by its alternative name of pansy: hence Ophelia's often quoted line in Shakespeare's Hamlet, "There's pansies, that's for thoughts". What Shakespeare had in mind was the heartsease, not a modern garden pansy.

Heartsease have a large number of coloquial name, up to two hundred.

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  • olar Gold Star Critiquer [C: 137 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-05-11 3:46]

Miło wspominam granicę. Ale na zdjęciu jest ona jeszcze ładniejsza.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-11 3:46]

Hi Jonna!
Wonderful flower close up again.Details,lighting,DOF,BG and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

witaj:)tak zgadzam sie granica tam jest wspaniala:) mialam szczescie jechac samochodem na wegry wiec doskonale pamietam:) kwaituszek tez bardzo mi sie podoba:) fajna kolorystyka:) wszystko ok

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-05-11 3:58]

I see heartsease but where is Metaxa and other 'fuels' from duty-free shops ;-))) ?
Fragile, colorfull and beautifull - great job my Dear!

Very pretty shot. The turned up bottom of the yellow segment is really nice. Has given the flower some charachter. Image appears a wee bit dull. have uploaded a workshop. Nice job Joanna. Thanks

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-11 4:53]

A very,very nice shot Joanna.
Excellent DOF which makes the flower appear to be floating.
Lovely colourful background too.
Good work,well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-11 5:07]

Belle et intéressante composition macro-photographique bien réalisée pour cette violette aux jolies couleurs.
Nice & Well Done !

We have Heartsease here in NZ, I didn't know they were real wild flowers. They do grow wild here. Once you get them in your garden they just multiply and increase terribly!
Your flower is so dainty Joanna. Well shown.

This is a lovely shot Joanna.
Like Janice said,we have them here in NZ,but I don't think they're a native somehow.They do seem to have become common though.

I thought this looked familiar.
Excelent presentation and well done on this composition and details.
Excelent work.


Hello Joanna, Soft colors, good light and a "cute" little flower, how can ya go wrong??

Nice picture, Joanna.
This is a beautiful flower, you catch it very nice.
Good details, nice colours and well composed.
Very well done.

Very nice shot Joanna,
Again, well composed, good detail and colours. Nice BG and good DOF.
Thanks for posting

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  • ian Gold Star Critiquer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-05-12 4:06]

Hi Jonna!
Great photo. Wonderful colours. Pretty flower.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-05-13 6:19]

Bonjour Joanna, très jolie fleur aux couleurs éclatantes, magnifique cadrage et présentation soignée, j'aime beaucoup !


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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-05-13 12:51]

Salut Joanna
Très belle fleur, cette pétale jaune est superbe, et la tige floue donne un air de suspension dans le vide

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-13 12:52]

Joanna, as usual, a delicate shot.

Great colors and very nice bg. I like composition too.

I have some of these tiny plants growing wild in my lawn and love them, Joanna.
Yours is beautifully captured and very delicate looking. Good composition, detail, color and BG. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  • ewa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 62 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-05-16 4:24]

Delikatne piękno kwiatu jest niesamowicie ujmujące.

Your photography is stunning as you are. Your describtions on each photo says Alot about YOU as a person...thanks for sharing

hello Joanna, another great photo! you can show us how the simplicity is so beautifull. thank you for your ohotos!

I've never heard this called a heartsease, makes it sound like it would kill you if you ate it! In fact, pansies are eminently edible, and in some places are used in salads, so I would imagine this species is tasty as well.

Great capture, Joanna!


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