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Centaurea tchihatcheffii - endemic

Centaurea tchihatcheffii - endemic
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Copyright: Ahmet Karatash (rousettus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2216 W: 73 N: 5657] (19818)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-09
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 600 mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Turkish Plants - Flora of Turkiye [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-17 18:45
Viewed: 4297
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Centaurea tchihatcheffii - Yanardöner, Sevgi Çiçeği [TR] is an endemic plant species from the family ASTERACEAE (ASTERALES) and it is naturally found only in Ankara province. I met this beautiful flowery plant along the road, returning ornitho-photogaphy in Mogan Lake. This was good luck for me.
The flowers of Centaurea tchihatcheffii are most attractive as the pale or dark pinkish-red marginal florets (the most frequent colour form) take on an iridescent shimmer in the sun and wind, hence the vernacular name Yanardöner, meaning ‘iridescent flower’. It flowers from late April to mid-June. The peak flowering period is mid-May and in earlier years it was sold in some quantity by street florists in Ankara. It is mainly bee-, bug- and beetle-pollinated. Ants play an important role in seed dispersal and the fully ripe fat achenes are a delight for pigeons which settle down to feed in large flocks. The species is of taxonomic interest as it has some rather unusual and unique features not existing in any other Centaurea. For example, the marginal florets are funnel-shaped with crenate margins. The anther-tube is provided with glands at the tips of the appendages. Some additional information is present in Wikipedia in Turkish and English.

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Hocam ellerine sağlık. Tomurcuğu bile çok güzel.

Merhaba Ahmet hocam,

Bu güzel tür, kırmızı ve yeşil tonları ile çok güzel bir renk uyumuna sahip.
İsmi de çok hoş. Harika bir tanıtım ve kompozisyon.
Ellerinize sağlık.

Selam ve saygılarımla,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-18 0:58]

Salam Akhi Prof. Ahmet,
this view really captivate the eye very much. The glow of the petals and the colour compositional is very attractive.
A simple but exciting.
Well presented shot.
The scale like elements is so well seen.


Hi Ahmet,
a good idea to shot flower with a 600mm lens, the BG is smooth with a fine bokeh.
The plant is sharp and well detailed, fine natural colors.
Well done, mf.


Ciao Ahmet, lovely flower on a splendid blurry BG, excellent sharpness, wonderful light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Dear Ahmet!

I did not know this species of the Centaurea, and I'm glad to discover it. Your notes explain why I hardly could know it! I like the vertical orientation and composition that suits the flower very well. As I don't know how the flower is in reality it's difficult to judge its colours, but it seems to me (and on my screen) that the red colour is a bit oversaturated and too bright. But maybe I'm wrong... This does not change anything to the fact that it is a beautiful and very valuable posting.

Kind regards


Ahmet bey selamlar,
Kırmızı ...
Kelebekler sayesinde, güzel çiçekler görüyorum da; fotograflamayı unutuyorum ..!
Kadraj ve alan derinliği, çok yakışmış.Işık çiçek üzerinde çok güzel.Endemik olması da.
Emeklerinize sağlık,

hello Ahmet
super red colour with great sharpness and good details
greeting lou

Merhaba Ahmet bey,
Yeşil ve kırmızı çok güzel tonda Kadraj harika ,ilk defa görüyorum çok güzel endemik bir tür ,elinize sağlık,
Ahmet hocam Ayrıca ilginiz için çok teşekkür ederim..
Selamlar Murat

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-18 13:02]

Hello Ahmet.
Wonderful shot of this beautiful flower with lovely colour and sharp detail.Superb natural light handling and exposure control. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.Best regards Siggi

Bonjour Ahmet,
Très belle macro valorisant bien le sujet ; merci pour le partage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

En çok görmeyi istediğim çiçek türü. Valla sizde harika yakalamışsınız.Renkler çok güzel çok canlı olmuş. Ellerinize sağlık. Selamlar.

The colours are stunnin, Bro!
Love this shot!

Hola Ahmet

Bonita composición de esta flor solitaria, con color intenso en rojo algo difuminado, una imagen sumamente agradable. Buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

Salam Ahmet. I don't think I have seen flower looking like this around my place. The shape and colors are beautiful and you have perfected the shot in pleasing tall frame. Maybe I was away too long from TN and you have excellent addition to your gallery. Have a nice day my friend and best and warmest greeting from Malaysia. Jusni

beautiful species with a difficult name :) greetings Ori

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