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Grass of Parnassus

Grass of Parnassus
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Copyright: Amelia Heath (Amelia) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 26 W: 0 N: 93] (310)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-26
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Soft on the eye images [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-10 14:37
Viewed: 3712
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Parnassia palustris.

This is a most delightful little plant. The flowers are white, saucer shaped and solitary, on upright stems, which in this case were about 15cm. There are 5 clearly veined petals, and 5 sepals, which are just showing in the bud. There are 5 little semi-circles of fringed stamens which are tipped with nectar-bearing glands which attract insects, attracted by the mild honey-like scent. At the centre of the flower is the stigma which is 4-lobed. The basal leaves, not shown here, are heart-shaped. This flower blooms from June to September and is mostly found on marshes, fens, moist grassy places and mountains. Here it is in a moist grassy place. This perennial plant used to be classified as a member of the Saxifrage family but is now in its own family, Parnassiaceae, and of course is not a grass at all.

Extract from the Internet: The 18th century Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus, found this wildflower to be so beautiful that he gave it the name of Mount Parnassus in Greece. According to Greek mythology, this mountain was the home of much-worshipped Apollo and also of the inspirational Muses.

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To euroblinkie: Grass of Parnassus in the dunesAmelia 1 08-11 13:32
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Good Morning Amelia,

Very good use of DOF, the flower is perfectly sharp and there is excellent background bokeh for separation. The center-off composition wonderful, and the fine details of the white petals are well captured. Excellent work!
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-10 23:01]

Hello Amelia,
You're my neighbour today and show us a beautiful macro of a lovely flowering grass. I like the light and the very sharp details. The dark background makes it really stan out.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-08-10 23:14]

Dear Amelia

Your description of the plant suits the picture very well. Indeed, it is a delightful and so delicate plant and it looks very beautiful to me. The superb sharpness and perfect lighting - not easy with white petals - reveal rich details and highlight the flower's delicateness.

Kind regards


Hi Amelia,

this are a beautiful flower and on the Red list in the Netherlands.
Looks a little overexposure in the white petals.
Further good pov and natural colours.
Maybe a little underexposure example -0,7?


hello Amelis
this is a great sharpness picture with good details and good light
beautiful colours and nice bg
i found today in the dunes a lot of this plants
i like this specie very much so differend they can be
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-11 13:35]

Hello Amelia,
Beautiful photo of this flower in great sharpness and details. Bright colours nicely contrasting against the dark BG. Good DOF and composition.

Hallo Amelia
This is so beautiful. The flower I would have loved to have in my bouquet if I was to get married soon. It really has such special and most dainty features and the "glassy" anthers are really pretty, and the shape special. This image is wonderfully sharp and the flower well displayed. The veins on the petals are lovely. I like it very much. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Amelia. Not so easy to obtain so perfect details, sharp and DOF. The best light's managment. Great macro shot.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2010-08-27 9:30]

Hi Amelia!
Very beautiful flower captured very well.
Sharpness and details are excellent. Splendid light and beautiful blurred BG.
Ciao! Vanda

Hello Amelia,
Beautiful photo of this flower!!! Excellent sharpness and details.
Well done.
Greetings, Joao Edgar

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