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The return of the Cornflower

The return of the Cornflower
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Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 480 W: 62 N: 1235] (4229)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-12
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Casio ex100
Exposure: f/6.6, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-12 23:53
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Good Morning Everyone,

I am off to the coast in a short time but can happily spend a few minutes with you first.

Yesterday, I went for a walk along the lanes near my house. I had my trusty casio with me and so was able to capture one of a cluster of cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) that was growing on the edge of farmland. I don't remember seeing it last year so was pleased at its return.

Here is some information about it from Wikipedia:

Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Centaurea
Species: C. cyanus
Binomial name
Centaurea cyanus

Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower, Bachelor's button, Basket flower, Bluebottle, Boutonniere flower, Hurtsickle) is a small annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe.

It is an annual plant growing to 40-90 cm tall, with grey-green branched stems. The leaves are lanceolate, 1-4 cm long. The flowers are most commonly an intense blue colour, produced in flowerheads (capitula) 1.5-3 cm diameter, with a ring of a few large, spreading ray florets surrounding a central cluster of disc florets. The blue pigment is protocyanin, which in roses is red.

In the past it often grew as a weed in crop fields. It is now endangered in its native habitat by agricultural intensification, particularly over-use of herbicides, destroying its habitat; in the United Kingdom it has declined from 264 sites to just 3 sites in the last 50 years. It is also however, through introduction as an ornamental plant in gardens and a seed contaminant in crop seeds, now naturalised in many other parts of the world, including North America and parts of Australia.

Many thanks for your visit.
Please feel free to offer feedback on any aspect of the photograph.
Bev :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-06-13 10:31]

Hi Beverley.
This spring the cornflowers surround my countryside house. There are not many plants there however my wife has replaced some of them to our garden. Nice picture and very good representation of the beauty. I like many lights in the shot and natural pleasant colours. DOF and details are very good too. My best regards and TFS.

Hi Bev,
I havent seen a cornflower but it sure is a brightly coloured flower. Nice sharp pic with good definition. Well done. TFS

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2008-06-13 14:44]

Hi Beverley,

Nice composition, lovely colour and light. TFS.


Hello Bev,
Nicely captured and composed on this beautiful cornflowers with a good closeup!
very good lighting with nice colour and details
many thanks and wonderful weekend!

Hi Bev, splendid flower with fantastic colors, elegant presentation, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-14 5:42]

Hello Bev,
Lovely close view of a Cornflower, a beautiful 'weed' that has almost been destroyed but occasionally we see plenty of them in a field here mixed with poppies - a lovely sight! I like the low OV here showing the flower in profile very nicely. Lovely colours and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Here for you Bev...from Kate Wolf now passed away, but a friend and singer songwriter:

Cornflower blue, deeper than the evenin' sky
peaceful as a river, bluer than goodbye
Blue like a diamond, when the light shines true
If love came in colors, then I'd choose this one for you
Cornflower blue...
Cornflower blue...


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-15 21:30]

Hello Beverley

A lovely image of this Centaurea.
The lighting and colours are very good.
These really attract the butterflies.
Nicely composed.
Well framed and presented.


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