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Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle
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Copyright: Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3879 W: 192 N: 3835] (14563)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-06
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herbs used in medicine [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-07 4:40
Viewed: 6471
Points: 102
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common names: Great stinging nettle, common nettle
Genus: Urtica
Species: Dioica
Parts used: Roots and leaves


This is a very interesting plant. When you look at it, it looks like an ordinary, hairy weed with attractive little flowers. It can be a very dangerous plant, however, because when you touch it with your bare skin, you will get a terrible sting, which is very painful. When you get this sting it can be so bad that you might need treatment for it. If it is a minor sting and you get home quick enough, you can put some anaesthetic cream on it. The sting feels very much like a bee sting and can last for hours or days. The stinging sensation is caused by formic acid, which covers the tiny hairs of the plant.

Stinging nettle can be very useful too, as it has been used as a medicine in Europe for over 2,000 years. It can be turned into a tea made from the leaves and stems. This tea has been used to stop bleeding. Stinging nettle seems to have a lot of medical uses, but the nettle root is known to be a diuretic and to give relief from prostate problems.

Stinging nettle can be found growing in Europe and the United States. It can grow up to 3 feet tall in moist, shady spots, in flood plains, woodlands and along streams and riverbanks. This plant can be found growing in the short grass prairie in North America, but it is common all over the world.

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Hi Plabo,
This one is beautiful with back light. The image is sharp and well exposed. Nice seeing those white hairs. The dark off background give depth to this fine picture. Very well done

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-07-07 4:52]

Hi Pablo,
Light over the nettle against the blurred dark background is nice here. Attractive diagonal composition and good note, quite nice to read. I have a lot of experience with Spanish nettles :-)
Have a good day!
TFS, José M.

Hi Pablo, interesting plant, beautiful composition with wonderful presentation and splendid sharpness, excellent blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

selam, Great shot and very good composition. Well done ! Regards ridvan

OUCH!! I think I'll avoid the plant but I love the photo..:o) Nice how the sunlight is hitting its "fuzziness" Beautiful shot of a predatory plant Pablo! TFS

Is is very common here, and good edible.
Yes, you must take care (leather gloves) when picking, but big leaves after bolied are very tasty and make a nice vegetable dish, believe it or not :)
Nice use of backlight very short DOF makes a strange effect.
Thanks and regards.

Very interesting composition - I love the lighting. Great subject to choose. We don't usually think of beauty in stinging nettles.
We don't have this sort of nettle in Texas (at least not in my area - we have something called bull nettle) but when I was stationed in Germany, I came to know these beauties. As you know, there are times when you just have to run out into the woods for a "break"....I did just that and found a patch of these. OUCH!!!!!!!!! Talk about jumping high! ha ha

Hi Pablo,
Interesting light and nice detail within your DOF. I like the composition and Bg here as well. Interesting note,
Well done.

Hi friend how are you?
great game of light and colours ..... as usually! Take care Ana:)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-07-07 9:46]

Hi Pablo.
I like this subject very much. Play of backlight is looked at the plants always perfectly. You managed to create a lovely composition using this effect. Amazing composition based on beautiful pictorial twig, great POV and DOF. Dark BG is suitable for this subject extremely well. My greetings and best regards.

Hi dear Pablo ,
very nice image with lovelt light.
well composed and nice sharpness.
best wishes

Hello Pablo,
Very sharp with clarity in this plant captured!
it stands out against darker bg with much details on the plant, the useful note for this plant is much appreciated!
thanks for sharing

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-08 4:17]

Hello Pablo,
You make this flowering stinging nettle look magic in this lighting, the hairs glistening white and sharp where they need to be. The composition is superb, as is the BG that allows the subject to show at its best.
TFS and best regards, Ivan

hi pablo,
nice shot, the effect of light is beautiful in this shot, well composed shot, nice pov,
tfs & regards

Excellent clarity and color. The backlighting really works well. We can see all the dangerous little needles. It almost looks like frost. Well done. Reid

Extremely subtle play of light on the leaves and flowers of this dangerous plant, Pablo.
I wouldn't know whether this was exactly the same plant but in my younger days when I was a student in my village school, our old school master used to whip our legs with it by way of punishment for any serious mischief; needless to say, our legs tingled for hours after the 'treatment'.
A well composed image, indeed.
Thanks and regards.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-07-08 11:28]

hello Pablo

your picture has a lovely light+
the black Bg makes the plant to stand out in the photo



Hi Pablo,
Such a lovely lighting!
I like so much this elegant picture, you made a very good composition with it, along all the frame.
You did it great with the DOF to isolate the subject from the blurred background.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Bonjour Pablo,
Excellent composition and beautiful view of that plant, very sharpness picture of this macro shot..Well done.

I have been both stung by it and cured by it. It is a wonderful herb. Canadians introduced me to it a long time ago....back on my wilderness property. They seemed to know more than us Americans. They picked it before it became "stingy" and when it was young...and this is actually the first picture I have seen of it and your pic is great. I would know it by heart though if I saw it ahead of me on the path!


Hola Pablo.
Hermosos efectos a contraluz.
Una iluminación fantástica y una nota estupenda.
Saludos, JL.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-08 23:41]

Hi Pablo

I really like the way you have selectively focussed on the back-lit leaves. The impression is amazing - it gives an unusal view of a nettle and makes the mundane look exotic. Thanks.


Intéressant mélange de flou et de net.
Bonne journée.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-09 0:29]

Hello Pablo,
I like the way you're reminding us of our weeds!! After all, most of them are very beautiful if we take a closer look. Fine use of the backlight highlighting the flowers of this nettle. Beautiful colours and fine dark background in this fine composition.
Well done!
TFS and all the best, Ulla

Hello Pablo,

Beautiful use of the back light on this picture! I like your perspective - an interesting focus. Excellent natural history subject!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-07-09 2:15]

Hello Pablo,
Very nice close up.Nicely exposed and composed.I liked POV,cross framing,dark BG and lighting also a lot.
Have a great week!

Bonjour Pablo,
J'aime beaucoup cet effet de lumière dans la fleur, belle composition.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-09 3:25]

Hi Pablo,
Splendid shot of the Stinging Nettle captured with very impressive sharpness and natural colours. The back light is very effectively used here to highlight the hairy flowers and it stands out well against the darkish BG. Excellent POV to portray it and a very informative note. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-09 12:22]

Hi Pablo

Lots of these here in the UK (usually growing next to Dock leaves - which you rub on your skin when you get stung by the nettles). I haven't seen them looking quite as beautiful as this. Wonderful backlighting and great POV



We have this here in Alberta and in B.C., Canada. Yes, the sting is awful. It HURTS. I know it personally. I've seen it in Terceira, Azores too. Used as a medicine there.
Lovely register. Great notes. EDUCATIVE.
Warm regards,

Hi Pablo,
Nice image of this Stinging Nettle. I can almost feel the pain just looking at it. The OOF background looks great.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-10 0:09]

How nice and refreshing to see the humble nettle here. My grandmother used to make tea from it for my mother who was asmatic. You caught it well with great light, good colours and nice and sharp.

Bonjour Pablo,
Très belle réalisation avec une superbe lumière. Note très intéressante.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-10 12:15]

Hi Pablo.
Also at our place is very comon.Yes most people already had experience in by this one noteless,but very unpleasant plant.Unforgettable experience :-))
Very special capture those herbage in blossom using against lights did you got intriguing effect.Very well him upheld dark background.I like composition with attractive diagonal framing.Very nice details urtication hair and nice note too.Very well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Nice work Pablo the details are very nice and light is great with good contrast and background seperation. Perfect for a diag composition tfs rgds Necip.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-07-10 17:41]

Hello Pablo!
I see your summer comes a bit later but it catches up very quickly. Our nettle is just at the same stage of blossomming. They say collecting it for tea is already too late now. Your backlight is remarkable - as if the plant is glowing with intrincic ellectric luminance.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-10 21:00]

Hello Pablo

One of my old nemesis The stinging nettle.

Excellent composition with excellent lighting and focus.The details are sharp and well exposed.I am told the formic acid can be countered by squeezing the juice of the nettle leaf onto the affected area.I have never been brave enough to try this,but also the juice of a rhubarb leaf is supposed to neutralize the acid too.(for all the gardeners out there).A very informative post.TFS


Hi Plabo, yet again you have come up with another image for us TN users to marvel at. Its sharp, colours are spot on, D.O.F could'nt be any better, really nice work Plabo Cheers Rick

Magnifique, composition superbe dans ce jeu de flou et focus.

Hi Pablo,

I don't need such a terrible (interesting) plant in my garden (-:, thank you. But a great capture. Special the backlight highlighting. BG, POV and colours are oké. I translate the info and it's distressing. Regards and TFS Bob

Hi Pablo, I've heard of this plant before, but I've never encountered it (lucky for me from the sounds of it). I like the way you've captured the light on this plant with it diffusing around the stem and leaves. Nicely composed and framed.

Thanks, John

bonjour pablo
je trouve du plus bel effet ce flou general avec juste les poils qui ressortent au soleil donnant a cette plante un aspect cotonneux.bien vu.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-12 9:27]

Delightful light and textures in this -- it has a mood, a feeling that plain "record-keeping" shots don't.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-12 16:32]

Hola amigo,
magnífica luz en esta planta, que es irritante al contacto,
bella compo y detalles, saludos Pablo.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-07-16 9:06]

Hi Pablo,
Oh yes I remember this one, been stung a lot off times by it. I love the lighting and the play with the DOF suits it very well. Maybe a little to bit to much filtered for my liking, butt all in all a lovely composition.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-07-16 9:30]

Hi Plabo,

I feel the soft picture through the velvet soft green and brown structure, this one is beautiful with back light, very lovely image.

Best regards,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-07-16 12:43]

hello pablo
it is interesting plant for me too and beautiful macro photo
i like composition, point of view, depth of field, back light, blurred dark background, framing and note
thanks for sharing

Hello Pablo,
a neat and well commented shot, I know this plant very well (ahi!) but I can add a notion that maybe you don't know: if picked up with gloves and boiled (only the leaves), and mixed with Parmigiano Reggiano, eggs and the spices that you prefer, it becomes perfect to be used as stuffing for Tortellini (hand-made, of course).
My mom is genial to discover new ways to create food...I assure you that the result is splendid!

When I owned a ten acre farm in Washngton state, the woods were filled with stinging nettle. When I was first looking at it, I fell down the hill in the mud. I grabbed at any plants on my way down. I was stung. It is so nasty, I cannot describe the pain. Wet mud packed on t helps. My renter made tea out of it, I never treid it.

Hi Pablo,
Really wonderful work on the lighting, bringing out the softness of the nettle perfectly. The diagonal composition work perfectly and makes it a wonderful abstract nature photo. Personally I would have tried an even smaller aperture just to get some more details on the flowers. But on the otherhand I am a fan of thes types of shots as well.

I Pablo,

A nice image of the great stinging nettle, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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