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Marsh Lousewort

Marsh Lousewort
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-03
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-30 23:03
Viewed: 3736
Points: 58
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Marsh Lousewort (Pedicularis palustris)

Swedish name: Kärrspira

As promised some time ago I would post an image of a third species of Lousewort. The previous two species of Pedicularis were the Moor-king, and the Lapland Lousewort.

This one is the most common and is found in the whole of Scandinavia and N. Europe where there are damp peaty soils.
This was taken during a trip to the mountains with my son last summer using my long lens with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 2 meters (6ft 6in.).
This is an unbranched northern subspecies, borealis.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-30 23:43]

Hello Ivan,

The colors of this plant are very nice with a good contrast betweeen flower and stem. Image quality is good showin well the leaves and flowers. You have made good use of the natural lighting getting a fine contrast between the plant and the background.

Thank you for sharing,

simply and beautiful , two words to describe this composition !
good natural light and colours , great contrast and nice details ,
well done !

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of this beautiful Marsh Lousewort plant. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Ivan,
what a very beautiful composition of Pedicularis palustris, a great view showing well the peculiarities of this pretty flower against a very good OOF natural BG; i like the brilliant colours.
Have a good week end.

Ciao Ivan, fascinating composition with wonderful flowers, splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Buena composición por la disposición de los elementos. No es una de tus magníficas tomas de aves jeje pero un buen documento para TN.
Saludos Ivan y te deseo un buen fin de semana: Josep Ignasi.

very nice and dsharp capture ,TFS Ori

Hi Ivan,
Excellent capture of Marsh Lousewort; could be common but very few people there to see it. Well composed with good low POV, great lighting and beautiful colours.

Hello Ivan,
the colors of your plants in your capture is very nice with a superb lighting. Excellent composition.
Have a nice week end

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-31 2:46]

Hello Ivan,
A nice capture of these beautiful lousewort flowers. Superb detail, and excellent bright colours. Very sharp and clear. Excellent composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-31 3:06]

Hi Ivan.
We have cloudy, rainy, grey weather this winter and only few seldom sunny days. And it is so pleasant to see bright summer shots as this one. Full of attractive flowers and plants scene is looked perfectly under work of your excellent lens and your hands (eyes and soul). I like crisp sharp shapes of the main plant and very nice, well blurred white flowers and grass on BG. Contrast between dark colouration of the Marsh Lousewort and light colouration of the other plants is very impressive too. My best regards and thanks for encouragement,

I know i sound like a fool, but all I can say is it's a beautiful plant!
I love the details and beautiful green OOF BG.
Very welldone, Ivan!

Hello Ivan,
Great capture with very natural colours of this Pedicularis
Very good focus on a blurried BG
TFS and have a good W-E
PS: I should have a photo of this plant taken in the Kiruna area, some years or I should say many years ago!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-31 5:44]

Hello Ivan,
Very interesting your postings on the different species of Lousewort. Pleasant capture of this mountain-species. We have also several species of this family in Valais (especially on higher altitudes), but I must say that I cannot distinguish them well. I will take the time, following your example, to do the research:-)
Thanks a lot
Bonne fin de semaine

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-31 7:34]

Hello Ivan,
Very beautiful photo of this Marsh Lousewort. The light and colours are splendid. Great contrast against the blurred BG. Excellent sharpness and details. Very good composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-31 9:04]

Hi Ivan. You show this plant with fine detail and bright colour. I like the blurred BG making the plant stand out so well. Good use of the light . well done TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-31 10:09]

Hi Ivan,

It's always a pleasure to see a plant or flower that in unfamiliar. This Marsh Lousewort is beautiful against the blurred background. I love the color of the flowers. A nice simple composition showing them off very well.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-31 11:03]

Hello Ivan!

This is what I usually capture during early spring when it is hardly to see any insect :-) It is very hard to take good picture of plant of this shape, but you did it well. Detailed, with good composition and light. I also like white spots of blurred flowers on BG.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-31 11:33]

Hello Ivan !
Strange plant, which I had never seen before - it's beautiful, with its dark leaves and purple flowers. The shape is beautiful too. I also like the nice sharp details, the vertical composition, the very natural colors, the blurred BG. Very well done !

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-31 11:34]

Hi Ivan,
Beautiful capture and composition.POV,DOF,BG and natural colors are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Dostum Ivan, Great shot of this beautiful Marsh Lousewort flowers from a wonderful lateral POV with excellent details, colours and sharpness.
TFS. Have a great weekend MF!

hello Ivan

beautiful photography of this wild plant, appropriate framing,
i love the fact that the plans are againts day-light,
j'aime le fait que les plantes soit en contre-jour,
and you get excellent details on it, TFS


Hi Ivan

Nice light and BG, colours and the compositiom a very good as well.

Best Regards


Hello Ivan.
A very good capture of this Scandanavian herb.
Excellent exposure with good rich colours and good sharpness.
A great record of this attractive species.
Well done.

Hi Ivan,

Attractive foliage and flowers, and a nice, sharp photo, good composition too.


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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-02-01 14:54]

That's the way to photograph plants, Ivan, with superb light, superb sharpness and beautiful colours. You've done it perfectly. Thank you!


Hi Ivan,

I am amazed on how you have managed to name all the species and I am very ignorant with many of them. Superb handling of the teleconverter in bringing out the perfect shallow focus. Well done and TFS,


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-02-01 22:19]
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Hi Ivan,
lovely capture of this petit flowers. The details of the buds are seen in its beautiful presentation through a blurry soft background. it renders the subtleness gently.
Nice presentation.
i learned photgraphic skills from you is very obvious, but there is another thing that you might not know.
your summarising skills of the given information is superbs.
i learn English from you also :).
thanks for both.


Hi Ivan,

These flower are rare in The Netherland and on the red list.
i have it also photographed and shall him posted when I begun with the serie dutch flowers were I finnish in 2008.
This one good capture, these are difficult to photographed and stand no free at all.
good details and beautiful colours.
In the Netherlands called this parrasite Moeraskartelblad.


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