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Copyright: Hilary Wilkinson (Hil) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-24
Categories: Trees
Camera: Panasonic DMC LZ1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Plants of Europe I [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-25 15:03
Viewed: 3870
Points: 11
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ThE Elder Tree & Elderberries

Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of between 5-30 species of fast-growing shrubs or small trees (two species herbaceous), formerly treated in the honeysuckle family Caprifoliaceae, but now shown by genetic evidence to be correctly classified in the moschatel family Adoxaceae. The genus is native to temperate to subtropical regions of both the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere; the genus is more widespread in the Northern Hemisphere, with Southern Hemisphere occurrence restricted to parts of Australasia and South America.

The leaves are opposite, pinnate, with 5-9 leaflets (rarely 3 or 11), each leaf 5-30 cm long, the leaflets with a serrated margin. They bear large clusters of small white or cream coloured flowers in the late spring, that are followed by clusters of small red, bluish or black (rarely yellow or white) berries. Species have lifespans between 80 and 100 years.

The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds. Elders are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Brown-tail, Buff Ermine, Dot Moth, Emperor Moth, The Engrailed, Swallow-tailed Moth and The V-pug. The crushed foliage and immature fruit have a strong foetid smell.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-25 23:22]

Hi Hilary

Nice shot of the elderberries. I took some shots of some today too! Seems to be a bumper crop this year and the bushes are laden with them.Your photo has lovely deep rich colours, and you have composed it well.Very good on the detail and sharpness.Nice POV.TFS


Hi Hilary,
This is very common plant in Turkey too. You capture it very well. BG, DOF, POV, clours are superb. I've been jealous of your beries. I think that should I begin to send a few couples berries photo. :)

With my best wishes, have a great weekend my friend.

....and you can make lovely lemonade from the flowers and good liquor from the fruit....

Nice shot,


Hi Hilary,
This is very interesting and I like the brillant color of those berries. You caught great details and it is well lightened. TFS,

We have also a very big bush of elderberries in our garden and year by year we somehow benefit from the harvest- The last two years we made jam from them.
At the picture, the background is a little to mixed up for my taste, but DOF and saturation is very good.
thx for sharing.

Preciosos frutos los de esta foto que tienes en tu galería. Lindos colores y agradable composición.
Saludos Hilary.

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