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Echinops sphaerocephalus

Echinops sphaerocephalus
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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-25
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flora Mesopotamia, My Purple Obsession 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-28 4:52
Viewed: 3207
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Echinops sphaerocephalus is a species of globe thistle which is known by the common name great globe thistle. This species is native to Eurasia but it lives on other continents where it was introduced, including North America where it is a widespread weed. This is a glandular, woolly perennial which approaches a maximum height of two meters. Its erect, branching gray stems bear the occasional sharply toothed, sharp-lobed pointed green leaf. Atop each stem is an almost perfectly spherical inflorescence up to 6 centimeters in diameter, packed with blue-gray disc florets. The fruit is a hairy cylindrical achene about 7 to 8 millimeters long.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-07-28 4:55]

Very nice colors and very interesting photo!

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-28 4:58]

Hello Durzan
Beautiful composition.Great sharpness and lovely colors.The light is control perfectely here.I also like that dark BG
TFS Michel

Wow Durzan,

Classic capture. Very interesting and artistic composition with nice sharp focus and lovely framing. Absolutely amazing.


Hello Durzan,

Great capture of the blue globe thistle!
The composition is very interesting with dark BG. I think you have used flash. It helped you to pierce upto the depths in the thistle....good decision! Among other features, great sharpness and nice POV. Well framed and nice presented too.

Thanks for sharing.

Paras Bhalla

looks like the thistle is wearing a cap.*g* excellent clear shot of the pretty blue flower! :-) sharpness and details are
excellent, the dark background and the flash really bring out the colors and shape. and there is even an unknown flying object
approaching on the left. wonderful job & best wishes, thor.

Ciao Durzan, splendid flower with fantastic colors, great contrast against dark BG, good details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-28 6:36]

Hello Dûrzan,
A very fine portrait of this species of Echinops, the use of flash providing fine lighting and BG with excellent sharpness. The chosen phase of flowering is excellent too.
Thanks and best regards,

  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-07-28 7:06]

Hell Durzan
Wonderful composition, beautiful colors and great details

  • Great 
  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-07-28 7:29]

Durzan Bey merhaba,
Cok estetik ve cok guzel. Tebrik ederim

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-28 8:16]

Hello Durzan,
Very beautiful photo of this special thistle. Splendid colours against the black BG. Very good sharpness and POV.

Artistik yönü çok kuvvetli bir kare olmuş .
Tebrikler Durzan .

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-28 11:17]

Hi Durzan. This is a piece of art. Pure beauty. The flower stands out so well from the black BG. Excellent detail and sharp focusing. with bright colours. Is that a little fly in the BG.
Well done TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-07-28 11:51]

Hi Durzan,this pic is another example of your artistic class.What a great idea and fantastic realisation!! Impressive colors and sharpness in a black background! My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

hello Durzan!
amazing globe thistle
well presented with excellent details

compliments sERGIO

What a shot, Dûrzan!
I love the subject, it is so beautiful!THe dark BG also adds to the beauty of this shot!

Salam Durzan,

This is a beautiful shot with great colors, sharpness & fine details. TFS.



Hallo Durzan
An absolute delight to look at this beautiful flower in your presentation. It has such a lot of striking and most colourful features to look at and appreciate. I don’t think I have ever seen a flower with such unique and distinct details as this one. A well deserved round of applause for this sharp and well focused image, with a great point of view. It is indeed very special. Thanks for sharing this arty image. Best regards.

hello Durzan
exceptional photo

Preciosa fotografía Durzan , aderezada con una luz bien trabajada. Aquí tenemos Echinops ritro, muy parecida a esta.
Saludos: J. Ignasi.

Bonjour Durzan,
Très belle et artistique macro finement détaillée et délicatement colorée avec une superbe opposition sur l'arrière plan valorisant bien le sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2009-08-12 13:34]

Hello Durzan,
oh, this flower looks fantastic!
I love the way how you work with light and background :)
All my best,

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