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Saponaria cypria

Saponaria cypria
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Copyright: Sami TAMSON (stomsoncy) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 0 N: 399] (2992)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-07-14
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-06 9:46
Viewed: 2116
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Scientific name: Saponaria cypria
Common Name (English): Cyprus Soapwort

An erect or spreading perennial, 8-20(-35) cm high, with a thick, branched woody rootstock. Basal leaves loosely clustered, glabrous or thinly ciliate at base of petiole, spathulate, obovate or oblanceolate, 2,5-5 cm long, 0,5-1,5 cm wide. Cauline leaves distinctly smaller and narrow, the upper densely glandular-villose. Flowers solitary, or in lax cymes, occasionally congested, opening in the evening, closing about noon of the following day. Calyx cylindrical, about 2,5 cm long and 0,5 cm wide, densely glandular-villose. Petals pink, 3-4 cm long. Capsule cylindrical, about 2 cm long, 0,4-0,5 cm wide, mostly concealed by the persistent calyx, opening by 4 deeply cleft, subacute teeth. Seeds compressed, reniform, about 2 mm long, and a little less in width.

Habitat: On screes and rocky mountainsides, on open or under pines, or by streamlets. Confined to igneous formations.
Altitude: (1000) 1350-1950 m.
Flowering: July-October
Endemism: Endemic to Cyprus

Source:Nature-Cy (Andreas Paradisis)

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hallo sami
great sharpness and great details
i like this beautiful colour
thanks greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-06 12:58]

Hello Sami.
It's an artistic macro.Lighting,DOF you managed,colors on flower,POV,framing,composition.....everything is perfect.Excellent work!
Regards Siggi

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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2013-10-06 15:00]

Hi Sami,
Very good macro work.I like the colors and details. Stands out well against the BG.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-06 15:25]

Hi Sami,magnificent capture of this interesting specie whit the usual spectacular quality of details and colors,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Great macro Sami! Excellent composition, wonderful BG and impressive sharpness! The colours are fantastic!

nice flower portrait, TFS Ori

Hello Sami
A wonderful photo, exquisite detail, excellent point of view, good to see such a photo of this flower
regards yiannis

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-07 3:46]

Hello Sami
splendid sharpness and fabulous colours. The details are so perfect that the fine beauty is well seen.
Excellent job.


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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-10-07 4:35]

Hello Sami,
very beautiful rare saponaria species flowers,thanks..

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-13 19:23]

Hello Sami,
I must say, what an unusual yet very beautiful flowering plant you have presented to us. I admit I have never seen anything quite like it before, as it has some pretty unique looking features. The vivid colors are simply gorgeous while the vertical framing is very attractive. TFS.

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  • Filnato (101)
  • [2014-01-02 12:17]

Hello Sami,

great photo with lovely rich colour and excellent sharpness and exposure. I like the angle you chose and also the clear green background.
best regards,

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