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Copyright: Parvulescu Lucian (parvulescubio) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 13 N: 243] (1541)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-14
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, HOYA 72mm UV
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-15 10:07
Viewed: 3867
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Fritillaria meleagris (Fritillary, Checkered Daffodil, Frog-cup, Guinea-hen Flower, Leper Lily, Snake's Head, Snake's Head Fritillary) is a flower from the family Liliaceae.

The flower has a checkered reddish-brown, purple, white and gray coloration, sometimes mostly white. It flowers from March to May and grows between 15 and 40 cm in height. It has a round bulb, about 2cm in diameter which contains poisonous alkaloids.

The plant is commonly found growing in grasslands in damp soils and river meadows. It can be found at altitudes up to 800 meters.

It is native to Europe, but in many places, including France, Slovenia and Romania it is an endangered species that is rarely found in the wild, but is common in horticulturists' gardens. In Croatia the flower is known as Kockavica and is part of the country's national symbol. It is the only species of Fritillary native to Britain, growing in traditional grass meadows. Due to changing land usage, it is now quite rare in the wild. The Meadow of Magdalen College, Oxford, the village of Ducklington, Oxfordshire (which holds a Fritillary Sunday festival), and the North Meadow National Nature Reserve, Wiltshire are some of the best locations to view this flower.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-15 10:43]

Hello Parvulescu,
This is a fine capture of a flower that's rare in Sweden too but I hope to see it in the wild for the first time at the end of May up north. I lilke your composition very much and details are sharp and colours natural. A nice background too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Lucian,

Lovely and perfect shot of this beutifull fritillary. Nice composition. TFS.

Hello Parvulescu. Nice violet petals of this unique flower. Good sharpness and thanks for sharing. Regards. Jusni

Buna Lucian
Puncte pt foto, puncte pt faptul ca ai fotografiat-o in natura (eu o cresc pe balcon)!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-03-16 21:36]

Buna Lucian,

Felicitari pentru fotografie. Laleaua pestrita este o planta frumoasa si rara. Fotografia ta reda corect imaginea plantei. Detaliile sunt bune datorita claritatii fotografiei iar culorile sunt corecte si naturale.


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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-17 0:37]

Hello Parvulescu,
Lovely flower!
Good details and composition!

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