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Mystery Flower!

Mystery Flower!
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Copyright: Doug Whincup (dougsphotos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 5 N: 190] (849)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-16 14:04
Viewed: 3390
Points: 14
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I spotted this lovely flower whilst walking in the Bluebell woods at Hardcastle Crags recently - but unfortunately my knowledge of spring woodland flowers is letting me down as I have no idea what this is.... can anyone help with the identification?

As for the shot, the focus (in a gentle breeze) was not so easy but I really wanted to try to compose slightly off-centre against the dark background and to include the bud on the left for balance, I knocked the ISO as low as I could to try capture as much detail as I could - I am quite pleased with the result, I hope you do too.


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Hello Doug,
Une belle prise de vue, j'aime bien le contraste entre les fleurs et le fond tout en vert.
Bon cadrage et bon réglage de la profondeur de champ.


Nice shot. The bluebells have all wilted around here due to the unseasonal heat. I am off to Devon early in the morning so hope to pass some fields that may still hold some treaures. Good work once again


yes this looks like greater stitchwort A common, rather straggly perennial creeping plant with weak square stems. The un-stalked pointed leaves are narrow and rough on the margins. The flowers (2-3cm) have deeply notched petals and grow in lax clusters.

Greater Stitchwort occurs throughout Britain in woods, hedges and on road sides often on damp or heavy soils.

The easiest way the tell Greater and Lesser Stitchwort apart is by the size of their flowers. The type of soil it grows on also gives a clue.

Hello Doug,
Wonderful macro.
Great sharpness and colours

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-05-17 7:00]

Hi Doug,

ISO 50 eh? Wish mine went that low...;o)great job here, you did well with the composition and sharpness of focus.
Can't really help you with ID i'm afraid, have seen these around everywhere too but have no idea what they are. Flowers aren't really my field of expertise! A very pretty shot though mate, well done!


Hi Doug ,
very nice shot,
well composed and it has beautiful colours.
BG is great too.
thanks for sharing

Hi DOug,
Great work on the composition and DOF. The colors and clarity are great. A pity about the OE parts in the flower, but that is really hard to overcome.

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