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The King's Meadow Lily

The King's Meadow Lily
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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: 2008-05-18
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-13 4:22
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Points: 86
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Snakes Head Fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris)
Swedish name: Kungsängslilja

One of the most famous meadows in Sweden lies at Uppsala. It is known as ‘kungsängen’, ‘the king’s meadow’. It is famous for its Snake’s Head Fritillaries that grow in profusion in this meadow, which gives rise to the Swedish name.
Linnaeus knew it very well when he lived in Uppsala and he also knew that it is not native to Sweden but was introduced from Holland during the 17th century and has been growing wild in this meadow as well as several others in Sweden.

This member of the Lily family is native to many parts of Europe including the UK, but it is thought that it has been spread by man to several countries. There are some 100 species of Fritillaria in the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.

I took this on a very cold cloudy day in May when my son took us to show us Kungsängen.
As it had been warm earlier that spring most of the plants had finishes flowering. Owing to the poor light I had to rest my elbow on my knee to stabilise this hand-held shot, taken at a distance of over 2 meters.

After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened.

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Ivan Merhaba,müthiş bir fotoğraf ve müthiş bir ikili.Renkler ve netlik harik.Yeşil tertemiz bir artalan etkiyi artırmış.Çok beğendim çooook,ellerine sağlık :)

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2009-01-13 4:48]

Focal Length 420/1 mm
Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Yes, this combination creats a beautiful close up like this, it is amazing..


And I thought 'Fritillary' was only a butterfly, Ivan!
Now you surprise me by sharing with us the picture of a Lily that also goes by the same name.
I think I have seen a plant/flower picture from you after a very very long time (unless I missed some, unintentionally) in the recent past.
This is a very beautiful species with those colours and patterns on its shapely petals.
The composition here is very attractive.
Thanks and best regards.

Hi Ivan,
What a fine image of these lovely colored Lilly pair, rich in color and in good shape. Contrasting background adding value too, wish you could have added some more space on top to make it perfect composition. tfs.

Hy Ivan
In some European countries(Romania included), Fritillary is protected by law, due to intensive harvests in the past.
I like the strong colors of the flowers, against the fresh green BG; TFS!
Regards, Oana

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-13 6:39]

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful saturated colors in this shot. Excellent composition and framing. A good job sperating your subject from the nice OOF backround.
Nice detail with a pleasing fall off in focus.
Best regards Siggi

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-13 7:12]

Hello Ivan,
very nice composed picture with good POV.
Beautiful colours and fine lighting.TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-13 8:01]

Hello Ivan,
Very cute "tête à tête" of this two Snakes Head Fritillaries. Well framed picture, fine sharpness and subtle colors.. This flower doesn't exist in the wild in the Swiss Alps. But we can see it often in gardens.I must admit that I have planted some in my wild garden, because of their beauty.
Un grand merci

hello Ivan
very beautiful picture very good colours and very sharpness
great shot
greeting lou

Precioso documento de esta bella Fritillaria que yo no conocia: yo también tengo una en mi galería y es una planta poco abundante.
Saludos Ivan.

Olá Ivan

Que flores lindas e diferentes...não as conhecia. Cores impressionantes e bonita textura.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-13 9:19]

Hi Ivan,
Excellent close up.I liked natural colors,clear details,simple BG,framing and composition a lot.
Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-13 9:33]

Hi Ivan,

A beautiful close-up of this pair of flowers - ones which I have never seen before. Their colors and patterns are so unusual for flowers. Wonderful colors and details - they look marvelous against the green background. As always, a superb composition.


Hi Ivan,
I hope we can see this wonderful flowers soon in nature again - than it's springtime ;-)
I love them and your shot is very good.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-13 10:31]

Hello Ivan !
What a beauty you show us today ! I love their shape, their color and their markings, they look wonderful, and I also like the composition of this picture, the natural colors, the blurred BG, and the contrast between purple flower and green BG. Very well done !

Hi Ivan,
This flower is on my list to capture. I just love its shape and colors. I really hope that I can find them and come up with such a lovely result. The details are wonderful and I like the soft textured BG.

very beautiful, great composition, TFS Ori

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of these beautiful lily flowers. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-01-13 11:15]

Hola Ivan,
preciosa flor y encuadre,
bonita presentación y color...
saludos amigo.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-13 11:43]

Hello Ivan,
Fantastic photo of this flowers. In Holland we it the Lapwing (Plover) flower, Kievitsbloem. It's very rare.
Amazing photo in a perfect composition and from a perfect POV. Splendid colours and sharpness. The contrast against the soft green BG is very beautiful.

Hello Ivan,
Talking about beautiful flowers...and they even have some kind of 'blues'...
Well composed. Well presented. Well done!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-13 12:09]

Hi Ivan. You make me want even more for the spring when i see this beautful plant and it colourful flower. Your picture looks like a water colour painting to me. first class detail ans pastle colours. well done TFS.

Ciao Ivan, elegant flowers with beautiful color and splendid design, fine details and wonderful sharpness, lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

Quite removed from your general topics Ivan, but what a pair of beauties captured from the best possible viewpoint in perfect focus and exposure against a contrasty, OOF green BG. The simple but superlative composition is a real pleasure to observe my friend, TFS indeed!

Hi Ivan,
Very beautiful picture showing these Fritillaries very well. Great macro work with unconventionally long lens compo. You have to you the best you have on hand. I have some macro shots with 400mm DO + 2x extender. DOF is shallow as suits well here blurring the otherwise potentially messy BG. Details are sharp and colours are excellent.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-13 14:56]

Hello Ivan
Nice colors and details, very interesting composition and note. The details is very natural and clear.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-13 16:04]

Hi Ivan,we haven't this flowers in our fields,it's a beautiful fritilary,great sharpness and colors also whitout the light of sun,and what a great POV!! Thanks to show us this beauty,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Ivan,

I have read somewhere about this plant and how people come to one village in the UK just to see this flower blooming. Mastery capture keeping the depth intact in silencing the background pleasantly. I am amazed with the consistency of your 1.4 converter and I might consider this in my wishlist.

Thanks for sharing and warmest regards from Malaysia.

Hi Ivan,
Nice picture, excellent shot of these Fritillaria meleagris, beautiful species. Interesting notes.
Best regards.

hello ivan,
this looks so beautiful, the smooth green bg, the colours and the contrast, the lighting, the composition, everything is perfect,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Ivan,
A lovely capture of this Snakes Head Fritillary.
I can certainly confirm that it has been spread by man to New Zealand because I bought some bulbs here from a garden centre and managed to grow a couple in my garden up north.
I like collecting unusual and exotic flowers, and this is one I really liked the look of.
Its great to see this presented as a native wildflower instead of just seeing it as a garden flower.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-13 20:38]

Hello Ivan,
What a beautiful flower you show us with this outstanding image. Everything is wonderful and the notes are good also. Thank you for the great work Ivan.

Hi Ivan,

This is one very fine image, love the colour of the Snake’s Head Fritillaries, the detail is super fine. Excellent seperation from the o.o.f background, framing and composition just perfect, really nice work, t.f.s

Cheers Rick :)

Ciao Ivan,
bellissima composizione per questi fiori dalle forme eleganti e delicate, eccellente definizione in una splendida atmosfera soft, magnifici i colori e BG.

HI Ivan,
Nice closeup of this good looking lilly, the soft light brought out the details on the flowers and saturated the colours very well. The unconventional composition highlites the subject very well, may be the almost square format helps you here. TFS

Hello Ivan,
This is brilliant addition by you. The details, sharpness & colors are unique of this species. TFS.

Now THIS is a true lesson in botany....no wonder your country is so proud of its wildflowers and flora all together...This one has a symbolic spring colour to it...not sure why I feel this way...I certainly am not familiar with it...and would bite at the bit to get a chance...Very nice Ivan.

Hi Ivan,

In the Netherland by my city Hasselt the are in April flowering and than by the River Blackwater, I have been placed pictures from were they grow.
Nice composition and beatiful natural colours wit h good details in the petals.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-15 21:30]

Hello Ivan,
A wonderful pair of indeed that you are lucky to see and admire in your country. They look so gentle beautifully shaped bending downward almsot like a graceful lady bowing her head.The texture reminds me of the beautiful paper napkins in various prints and colours i love collecting.The petals look sturdy and the rich raddish colour makes them even more beautiful to look at.The slight left bend composition works very well giving this simple presenation a very appealing look.
TFS & Cheers

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-17 9:47]

Hallo Ivan,

You have shown so well these beautiful and rear flowers. The DOF you have used is very fine showing sharply both whole flower. Viewer can well see the characteristic pattern of the petals. As the flowers are sharp and the background is blurry image gets a fine depth.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Ivan,

A fine photo of a very attractive wildflower. Excellent composition, sharpness, detail and color. I'm putting that shot in my Favorites!


Bonjour Ivan,
Je n'ai pas vu cette photographie dans la catégorie Flowers lors de sa publication et je la découvre seulement à la suite de ta critique.
Très belle macro bien éclairée et bien composée dans un cadrage parfait permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Dear Ivan,
A beautiful flower - again popular as a garden flower, if one can judge by the numerous advertisements on the internet!

Snakeshead Fritillary (fritillary just meaning chequered, describing the tessellated patterning on the flower)was once widespread in England. However, many of the damp meadows in which it once grew have been ploughed or drained, and the flowers have been lost.

The lay-out in your photo is most attractive, and the few waterdrops on the flowers add interest.

I see, you took the photo in May and say in your notes, that most plants had finished flowering. Does this mean, it is a spring flower?

This is one oddity in South Africa - particularly here in the Lowveld - there are not nocticably seasonable changes i.e. no spring or autumn. I guess this is due to the rainy season and or lack of rain. Hence no spring flowers like in Europe!

The perfect focus and tight control of depth of field make this image especially attractive!

My best wishes to you and Ulla for a healthy 2010.
Greetings from a VERY hot South Africa,

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