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Ripening Mandrake Ovaries/Fruit

Ripening Mandrake Ovaries/Fruit
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Copyright: Umar Ulyn (goatman04) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 961 W: 2 N: 1863] (10573)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-26 17:33
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Points: 32
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I found these Mandrake fruit during their early maturing stages. When the fruit is a deep gold color, these mature fruit's aroma will smell like ripe cantaloupe.

Mandrake is the common name for members of the plant genus Mandragora belonging to the nightshades family (Solanaceae). Because mandrake contains deliriant hallucinogenic tropane alkaloids such as hyoscyamine and the roots sometimes contain bifurcations causing them to resemble human figures, their roots have long been used in magic rituals, today also in neopagan religions such as Wicca and Germanic revivalism religions such as Odinism. (It is alleged that magicians would form this root into a crude resemblance to the human figure, by pinching a constriction a little below the top, so as to make a kind of head and neck, and twisting off the upper branches except two, which they leave as arms, and the lower, except two, which they leave as legs.)

The mandrake, Mandragora officinarum, is a plant called by the Arabs luff‚h, or beid el-jinn ("djinn's eggs"). The parsley-shaped root is often branched. This root gives off at the surface of the ground a rosette of ovate-oblong to ovate, wrinkled, crisp, sinuate-dentate to entire leaves, 6 to 16 inches long, somewhat resembling those of the tobacco-plant. There spring from the neck a number of one-flowered nodding peduncles, bearing whitish-green flowers, nearly 2 inches broad, which produce globular, succulent, orange to red berries, resembling small tomatoes, which ripen in late spring. All parts of the mandrake plant are poisonous. The plant grows natively in southern and central Europe and in lands around the Mediterranean Sea, as well as on Corsica.

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hello l'ami Umar

a beautiful composition in Nature Morte style of these wild fruits,
shot always with fine POV, DOF, superb focus great sharpness
and details of all the image, TFS


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-11-26 19:36]

Hello Umar,
Very pleasing image showing these beautiful fruit with wonderful detail and color. Excellent DOF and nicely composed!!

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-11-26 20:14]

Very good photo, natural colors, very good details too!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-26 23:31]

Hello Umar.
Superb quality of this picture. Sharpness and textures are excellent! Very good note also.
Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-27 1:00]

Selam Umar,
Beautiful shot.Well caught,framed and composed.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-27 2:21]

Hello Umar,
Thanks to present us this southern plant with a fine picture of the fruits and an interesting note. I have learnt quite a lot!
Like you I like to take pictures of fruits fallen on the soil and very often displaying artistically...like a little game.
Fine picture with natural colors and good sharpness.
Have a nice day. Kind regards

Hello Umar,
Nice photo with very good details and excellent colours.

Hi Umar. Like an inportant paint with intrigant playing of light. Superb details.


Hello Umar,
a beautiful and interesting picture of these Mandrake fruits, very good sharpness and splendid natural colours, a very nice composition with the yellow fruit.
Best regards

Ciao Umar, lovely composition with splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-27 6:53]
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Salam Umar,
A nice capture of Mandrake friut in various stages of Ripeness as the lie on the ground. The colours, lighting and composition are excellent.
I wonder if the friut are edible, despite the plant being poisonous.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Salam MF Umar,

Amazingly beautiful presentation of the ripening Mandrake fruits in their natural environment. The POV/DOF, colurs and composition are delightful MF!
TFS and have a nice weekend and Happy Bairam to you!


Hello Umar, Beautiful close up shot of these fruits with nice details and composition.
TFS and regards,

salam akhi Umar,
Mandrake fruits look very interesting. Maybe I see them firstly. you nicely captured and presented with good notes. shukran kedhira. عيد الأضحى المبارك
maa selamah wesselam.

Hello Umar
very interesting shot and very interesting note
this mandrake fruits are taken beauifully with wonderful sharpness and colors
the whole image is well composed
Have a great WE

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-30 8:44]

Hello Umar,
This looks very tempting to taste but should obviously be avoided! A very attractive composition showing these fruits on the ground. Great sharpness and fine natural colours too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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