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Petasites albus in Beskid Sadecki

Petasites albus in Beskid Sadecki
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Copyright: Maciej Gaweski (maaciejka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 82 N: 4427] (27117)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-09
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-09 15:38
Viewed: 2674
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today, we were in Beskid Sadecki. We started our trek from Wierchomla went through Labowska Hala, Runek, Over Wierchomla chalet and again Wierchomla. Weathrer was bad. No light, low temperature, snow and rain.
This is Petasites albus.
Many thanks to Ivan (Argus) for ID!!!

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The plants commonly referred to as Butterbur are found in the daisy family Asteraceae in the genus Petasites. They are mostly quite robust plants with thick, creeping underground rhizomes and large Rhubarb-like leaves during the growing season. Another common name for many species of this genus is Sweet Coltsfoot.
The short spikes of flowers are produced just before the leaves in spring, emerging with only a few elongated basal bracts and are usually green, flesh coloured or dull white depending on species.
Butterburs are found in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere. They prefer moist environments such as riverbanks, marshes and ditches.
Petasites is very closely related to the genus Tussilago (Coltsfoot), and also related to the huge genus Senecio.
Butterbur was used by native Americans as a remedy for headache and inflammation. Some Butterbur contains petasin and isopetasin, with the highest concentrations occurring in the root. Butterbur has been reported to be effective in reducing the occurrence or severity of migraine headaches. Several mainstream double-blind studies have shown that extracts of Butterbur petasin and/or isopetasin are effective both in preventing and in relieving migraine, with the best results coming in more severe cases. Additionally, a peer-reviewed journal published a Swiss study showing Butterbur extract to be an effective treatment for hay fever without the sedative effect of the antihistamine cetirizine.
Butterbur naturally contains components called pyrrolizidine alkaloids. They are toxic to the liver and may cause cancers. The concentrations are often highest in the rhizomes and stalks, and lowest in the leaves, and may vary depending on where the plants are grown. Butterbur extract should be taken only when prepared by a reputable laboratory. Long-term health effects and interaction with other drugs have not been studied.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-04-09 20:01]

Hello Maciej,
What a pleasure to see such a wonderful spring like image of new growth. This particular flowering plant is shown with exceptional detail and beautiful natural colors. Love the composition and great exposure. Super job!!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-04-09 21:51]

Hello Maciej !
Lovely little flowers showing that springs is almost there in your beautiful country in spite of the bad weather...TFS
Nice sunday !

Hello Maciej
Interesting species and beautiful photo with excellent composition and wonderful colours. The sharpness and the DOF are impressive.

Hello Maciej, the recovery of these beautiful flowers and interesting subject. All the best, Paul

Hallo Maciej,
a very beautiful macro shot, superb details and splendid natural colours, a great underbrush atmosphere
Have a good Sunday
Ciao Maurizio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-04-09 23:19]

Hello Maciek,
A very nice capture of this spring flower, well seen with fine sharpness and natural colours against the dead leaf BG.
I think this is Petasites albus.
Thanks and have a good Sunday,

Hello Maciej,
A fine macro of this interesting flowers, the exposure and focus is so well done against the brown leaves too! great sharpness with details, great job, well observed and captured.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2011-04-09 23:24]

Hi Maciej
Great shot of this spring flower!
Lovely details and colors/

Hi Maciej,

Lovely entry today Maciej, simple but very effective, brilliant sharpness, well controlled exposure considering the low light, great composition and i like the brown leaves that support the green plant,
Congratulations my friend and have a good Sunday,
Best Regards,


Interesante especie donde conseguiste unos excelentes contrastes del conjunto.
Saludos Maciej: Josep Ignasi.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-10 1:34]

hello Maciek,
A beautiful photo of a beautiful flower. Splendid contrasting colours against the dark BG. Good sharpness. Taken from a very good low POV in a nice composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-10 2:07]

Hi Maciej,a very nice symbol of springtime taken as i like,from a low POV and whit a beautiful background and whit perfect focus,sharpness and colors.Thanks for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-04-10 2:22]

Bonjour Maciej,
A very well taken flower-picture and a plant I also can see in our woods. I never knew its name, I just can see that Ivan gave you an ID. It would be very nice to complete your note, because this is the best way to find the shot in the archives and it could be useful for others.
Very natural and beautiful shot. Thanks!
Kind regards

Witaj Macku,
U Ciebie jest fajniejsza wiosna niz u mnie. Tak dobrze to jeszcze tu nie jest. Swietna roslina na tle zeszlorocznych lisci. £adny kadr.

Ciao Maciek, lovely flower in a beautiful natural ambientation, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Maciej,

Good focus, excellent bright tone and lovely flower!
It's impressive seeing green stalk and pretty-white flower that extends like radiation. The contrast between wet brown leaves because of rain that has fallen on ground and white draws out a damp feeling for the whole. And, it's effective on blurred image of background.


Great picture with many details and super sharpness!!!

hello Maciej
very beautyful flower with good details and great sharpness
greeting lou

beautiful capture with nice natural light, TFS Ori

Hello Maciek

Very beautiful composition of this flower in the forest,
shot with very fine POV, DOF and appropriate framing,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-04-11 8:32]

Hi Maciej!
Excellent macro shot. Great focus and nice contrast against the leaves carpet as BG.
Beautiful natural colours and soft light.
ciao! Vanda

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