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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: 2006-09-16
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D50
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Weeds & Seeds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-16 12:30
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 92
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This herb is often abundant in wet calcareous to slightly acidic soils in open fields, pastures, and particularly burned-over lands; the name Fireweed derives from the species' abundance as a coloniser on burnt sites after forest fires. Its tendency to quickly colonize open areas with little competition, such as sites of forest fires and forest clearings makes it a clear example of a pioneer species.

The reddish-brown linear seed capsule splits from the apex. It bears many minute brown seeds, about 300 to 400 per capsule and 80,000 per plant. The seeds have silky hairs to aid wind dispersal and are very easily spread by the wind, often becoming a weed and a dominant species on disturbed ground. Once established, the plants also spread extensively by underground roots, an individual plant eventually forming a large patch.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Hi Pablo!
Looks like a piece of exotic art form to me, notwithstanding the wonderful note you have written on this weed.
The two-tone BG does wonders in highlighting the colours and forms of the subject.
Great image, indeed!
Thanks for sharing it.

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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2006-09-16 13:30]

Hi Pablo,
Very good picture. I like the texture of the plant and the blue in the background (is it the reflection of the sky on water?).
Regards, Francois

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-16 13:48]

Una artística presentación Pablo con bella composición y POV.
Gran agudeza que permite apreciar los pequeños detalles del espécimen.
Personalmente en este caso, me hubiese agradado un encuadre algo más grande alrededor de la misma.
Saludos cordiales... Ricardo

An artistic presentation Pablo with beautiful composition and POV.
Great sharpness that allows to appreciate the small details of the specimen.
Personally in this case, I had pleased me a framing something bigger around the same one.
Regards... Ricardo

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2006-09-16 13:55]

I find this to be a really superb composition, Pablo. I really like the colors, and the soft white fluff on the curving stems is really amazing. I really like the tight crop, too.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-16 14:11]

Hello Pablo,
Very nice and unusual close up.Well seen and composed.POV,clear details,use of light and framing are wonderful.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-09-16 14:16]

That is really beautiful - so delicate

wonderful colours and a lovely composition. I love the light catching the seeds



Hi Pablo,
these seeds are so beautiful - first they have tiny pink flowers, than they look so abstract - I also made shots of them, but yours is much more better. I love the light and the warm colours, it's wonderful, thanks and have a nice sunday, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Pablo,
The clarity of this photo is just amazing. It feels so natural and real. The dark OOF BG helps to bring out the herp perfectly. The lighting and colors are really stunning and the tight composition is superb. Just plain beautiful.

Artistic composition with great colours combination!
Great POV, colours, light, details, etc!
Great work my friend Ana:)

Hi Pablo,
Very nice natural detail! Great picture with a wonderful light Excellent POV! Very nice work!


Hi Pablo,
Nice choosen subject! Bright,warm colours and well detailed. Nice composition, wherby the background also helpes to accentuate the herb. Well done.
Regards, Ruud

Bonita imagen. Agradables brillo y colores. Saludos, JL

Hi Pablo!
Nice shot. Too bad there was no way (I guess) to shoot the main subject against a more uniformed background without four layers of dark and blue and making it, instead, just two layers. I'm really afraid of wiriting critiques which say anything other than "great sharpness, exposure and composition", but I read Gert's comments posted here http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/Sweden/photo71745.htm
and I have to admit that we should do more to help one another to become a better photographer. Which does not change a fact that you can see simple things in a special way and you're able to convey your point of view to others. Congratulations,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-09-17 5:03]

Hi Pablo,
Wonderful colors and shapes with beautiful light and "inverse" background. Details, composition and reflection are fine!
Good note too.
Best regards my friend.
José M.

What a different and beautiful composition you have here. i love that all colours in the frame especially blue tones on the bg! Well seen and beautifully presented!
Thank you Pablo,

hi pablo
cette plante semble attendre un coup de vent pour l'aider a semer ses graines.
belles couleurs.tres jolie.

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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-09-17 7:57]

très belle photo
belle plante
très bons détails
et la couleurs du bg est très belle sinon très bon BG

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-09-17 8:44]

Hi Pablo,
interesting macro, good colours and DOF, superb composition. I like it. Good work.
Gr., Aleksander

Hi Pablo,
Superb pov and composition. Perfect techniques. This could very well be a piece of artwork. Congratulations.

Hi Pablo. Good macro of this plant with excellent amout of detail showing. Murray.

Hi Pablo,
This is wonderful! I like those details and composition a lot. This is a very beautiful macro and this BG is totally appropriated. Very nice with interesting notes. Thanks,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-17 9:52]

Hello Pablo,
I love this composition. Light, fluffy and brilliance comes to mind. Great sharpness on the wonderful cureved details. The colors work wonderfully together.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-09-17 12:59]

Hi Pablo,
Excellent photo my friend.
I like your sharpness,focus,colors,frame,note,pov,blurred bg and dof.Well Done.TFS

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-09-17 13:17]

Great shot of this plant!
I love the cool palette and how youve retained good detail even in the brightest areas. Very well composed too!


Belles herbes très décoratives.
Bonne journée.

Hola Pablo.
Una gran composición y colorido la de esta foto tuya. Pero lo que más me gusta es el resultado de esas texturas algonosas.
Un abrazo y gracias por compartirla con nosotros.,

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-09-18 15:46]

hi pablo
very interesting herb. point of view, blured background, colours, light, details, photographer's note and frame are great

  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-18 16:44]
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Hi Pablo the plant does look like it would spread quickly, what with all those seeds here on this one plant! I think they could become a pest in no time at all?
Well captured, the plant looks good against teh BG. well done,

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-09-19 4:00]

Hi Pablo!
As always, a very artistic shot! I see that your fireweed's "smoke" looks more like silk - some diffrence is natural over the tousand miles between our countries.
Best regards!

Hi, Pablo.
Nice shot and well seen. Creative, looks like photo art. But for my eye crop is too tight.

This is so pretty Pablo!
The white fluffy seeds against the blue back ground is a nice contrast. The image is so sharp and vivid that being able to see all the seeds is amazing.
Janice :)

Hi Pablo,
The beauty of nature never ceases to amaze me! Nice soft light, an excellent exposure, and great composition and framing have made a beautiful photograph. Excellent!

Hello Pablo,
Very nice. I like the detail, DOF, and interesting light I see in this capture. The BG is great also, and serves to put all the focus on this fireweed as well..
Very well done.

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  • Glint Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 51] (315)
  • [2006-09-25 8:48]

hello Pablo,
these silky seedheads have a special beauty that you have demonstrated here very well. Autumn is a lovely time to be walking in the countryside. To walk along a lane between bans of Fireweed seedheads is a special pleasure. I love your composition and the background compliments the plant very well. very artistic image.
best wishes

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-09-28 1:23]

Hello Pablo,
Good idea to show the seed of the flower. Nice composition, the light is pleasant and the contrast on dark blue background works well. Artistic shape.
Congratulations and TFS

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-09-28 9:20]

Hello Pablo, at first I thought that were feathers. The DOF is brilliant. So sharp and clear. So much details, great contrast, beautiful and saturated colors. Can ask for more. Just a perfect shot. Well done and TFs, Gabriel

Hi Pablo!

Great picture, a much better version than mine - http://www.treknature.com/gallery/Europe/United_Kingdom/photo72866.htm
- which I think might be the same, thanks for identifying it for me!!

Wonderful detail and composition. TFS, Doug

Bonjour Pablo
Cette photo est très belle J'ai du la manquer durand mon voyage de chasse
très bons détails et la couleurs du bg est très originale c'est une très jolie composition.
Merci et au revoir...JP

hey boss..
do you use a tripod for all your stuff
they really are pretty sharp these and f9.1/160 suggest you might have hand held
the blurred background makes this stand out well
the shapes are truly natural

Your notes are very educative.
Your focusing of this subject is so good & so clear that I can see "details" quite well.
Well presented.
Well composed.
Best regards,

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-01-02 3:44]

Hi Pablo,
interesting angle of view on this plant,
I like also your note and the background.
Superb photo.

"Allo Pablo!

I recognized the fireweed immediately! What I learned from your notes was that this is a "herb"... All my life I have assumed it to be a "weed". Not only that, I was told by my mother never to bring home a bunch of these flowers, as my grandfather didn't want them anywhere near his cattle.
Supposedly the plants were poisonous to these cattle...
I don't think G'PA was talking about the poisonous seaweed cyanobacteri, see Lyngbya majuscula.

Now I learned that the "weed" is eaten by Dena'ina who eat the young stems and leaves raw or boiled, sometimes with fish eggs.

Thanx for sharing the photo and the Note. Jay

Hi dear Pablo ,
great shot.excellent details with nice BG.
excellent work.

Hi Pablo,

A good POV of the fireweed, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


This is a really great photograph! All twisty and vibrant! The colors ae just perfect, beautiful!

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  • krk Silver Star Critiquer [C: 20 W: 2 N: 0] (78)
  • [2008-01-24 19:44]

Fantastic lighting. background added more punch to your picture. Amazing Macro. well done.

Hi Pablo,
Very artistic picture of this weed. Nice composition and colours. TFS.
- Nirmal

Dear Pablo,
Very interesting your Fireweed. The local farmers call the vegetation - first appearing after a fire and/or drought -Pioneer grass/plants. They are quite unpalatable, and grazers ignore them

I often wondered, if this is a "defence" to protect the soil from drying out and afford better conditions for the plants to appear?!?

Funny, how often weeds are so beautiful - end up being introduced in gardens - frequently declared obnoxious at the end...

Every technical aspect of your is impeccable, and I like very much the colours.
Best Wishes

Very nice picture Pablo. Well framed. It has a wonderful design. The blue really sets the white off. TFS Trevor

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