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Lathyrus japonicus subsp. maritim

Lathyrus japonicus subsp. maritim
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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: 2010-08-12
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My purple obsession 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-13 5:06
Viewed: 3530
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The area of Jśrstrendene, the Jśren Beaches, achieved conservation status in 1977, with the aim of safeguarding this unique cultural landscape. The area includes significant features of geological, zoological and botanical interest, and stretches for approximately 70 Km from north to south, covering an area of 17 metres square. About 25 metres is composed of sandy beaches and dunes, while the remainder is coarse pebble beaches and rocky shore. 8 areas have been designated as bird conservation sites, and 10 for botanical conservation.

This delightful little pea is listed on several notice boards placed near the car parks as being of special interest. It is often know as the beach pea, (red pea in Norway), and is a member of the Fabiaceae. It is a herbaceous perennial, with trailing stems, which can reach to 50-80 cm long. Here the stems are much shorter, probably because of the extreme exposure to the North Sea coast. The flowers are 14-22 mm broad, with a dark reddish/purple standard petal and a paler keel. The pods are edible, but I would advise against this as they can cause paralysis! As a matter of interest, the seeds are able to remain viable while floating in sea water for up to 5 years. The tough roots act as a sand binder and are good for stabilising dunes. The flowering period is from May to August, and we have had a few rainy days here, which caused new growth and fresh flowers to be formed. Many plants already have mature pods on them as well.

Wending my way through the sand dunes and dune slacks was a pleasure, and to see these against the white sand was a joy; it was also growing in the dry dune slacks, along with a wide variety of other species, and less easy to photograph.

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Hallo Amelia
In my personal opinion this is definitely the image of the day. Firstly, the flower is in the colour I am very fond of and secondly the image as a whole comes across so friendly and inviting. I think the natural sunlight in the image is the reason why I feel a sense of joy and happiness looking at this lovely photograph. The flower is pretty. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-13 5:21]

Hello Amelia,
A very interesting idea to show us flowers from your area! The Parnassus-flower is also growing in our mountain areas,this little wild peas look a little different from the species here. You had to go close to the ground to take your picture! I look forward to see other species!
kind regards

Hello Amelia,

a very good picture from you.
There is nothing wrong with this picture Amelia.
Exellent sharpness, good low ov and with blurred bg.
The subject are isolated from the bg.
Fine colours.
Sometimes going very good and sometimes you going less but you will learn.
Do what i told you and it's going better.
I thought you want the same moth posting as I am.
You just kidding me?


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-13 8:14]

Hello Amelia,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Lathyrus species that I think I've seen somewhere here along the coast but I can't remember where!
:-( A lovely composition showing the bright flowers very clearly and the colours are wonderful.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Hi Ameilia,

Awesome close-up from this delicate pea. Such a photogenic flower by the looks of it, you've done well.
Very well composed and exposed too.
TFS and have a nice WE!


nice northern plant, TFS Ori

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