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Iris Versicolor

Iris Versicolor
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Copyright: Claude Ouellet (tiklod) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-02
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Irises, Iris in the world [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-03 5:18
Viewed: 5917
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Today I post another beautiful wild flower, one of my favorite...

Iris versicolor, also commonly known as the Harlequin Blueflag the Larger Blue Flag and other varitations of those names, is a species of Iris native to North America where it is common in sedge meadows, marshes, and along streambanks and shores.

I. versicolor is a perennial herb, growing 10-80 centimeters high. This iris tends to form large clumps from thick, creeping rhizomes. The unwinged, erect stems generally have basal leaves that are more than 1 cm wide. Leaves are folded on the midribs so that they form an overlapping flat fan. The well developed blue flower has 6 petals and sepals spread out nearly flat and have two forms. The longer sepals are hairless and have a greenish-yellow blotch at their base. The inferior ovary is bluntly angled. Flowers are usually light to deep blue (purple and violet are not uncommon) and bloom during May to July. Fruit is a 3-celled, bluntly angled capsule. The large seeds can be observed floating in fall.

The species has been implicated in several poisoning cases of humans and animals who consumed the rhizomes, which have been found to contain a glycoside, iridin. The sap can cause dermatitis in susceptible individuals.

The blue flag is the provincial flower of Quebec, having replaced the Madonna lily which is not native to the province.

ISO 80

Taken in Charlevoix while a fishing trip.

I hope you like!


mirceax, Ishi, eqshannon, jrobertop, nirmalroberts, jaycee, nglen, fartash, MMM, lise, CeltickRanger, undoredo, pierrefonds, Maite, EOSF1 has marked this note useful
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Bonjour Michel,
Très belle présentation de ce symbole du Québec.J'aime beaucoup les couleurs vives et les details.Comme d'habitude une super image.
Félicitations et bon Week-end!


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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-03 7:22]

Great picture!
Wonderful colors and details!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2007-11-03 8:00]

Very nice indeed! Thanks for the background info, too! Ishi

Ahhhh you are slowly answering my questions about Quebec through pictures!!!! Very cleaver and super interesting as well asa teaching in notes. Much appreciated. I learn more every day.

Hello Claude.
Wonderful flower!
Splendid colors, excellent sharpness and contrast
Very good POV and DOV.
Super natural composition.
Thanks for sharing!
Best wishes,
José Roberto

Hi Claude,
Beautiful flower of Iris Versicolor. Brilliant colours and sharp details.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-03 11:29]

Hi Claude,

I always loved this flower and haven't seen one for over ten years since moving to the desert. This is a beautiful Iris with wonderful colors. Details of the petals are excellent. Lovely composition and a beautiful picture.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-03 11:32]

Hi claude. A flower from you too today.You have captured this one with fine detail and rich colours. a nice POV.with good use of the light . well done TFS. good notes too.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-11-03 11:33]

Bonjour Claude,

Suerbe contraste et magnifiques couleurs.

Hello Cluade
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Great focusing,expousre and BG,Superb shot.

Good Luck

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-11-03 15:03]

Salut Michel,
Belle emblème du Québec naturelle! Superbes couleurs vives et beau bg flou.

salut Claude

très belle composition, encore un excellent profondeur de champs,
dans le background j'aimes la couleur bleu de ce lac ou rivière,
et les couleurs sont belles et saturées, TFS


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-03 19:10]

Hello Claude

I love the shot! The flower is bold and beautiful,but you have left a hint of it's natural environment.
The flower pops out almost with vivid colour and excellent sharpness and detail.
Excellent clarity with spot on focus.
The colours are deep and well saturated showing excellent texture.
Excellent low POV
Great job

Hello Claude,
Very beautiful flower Iris Versicolor you bring here!
Wonderful colors and details, with excellent composition and DOF!
You did very good job!
TFS and best wishes,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-04 4:50]

Salut Claude
Excellente présentation.Tres beau spécimen avec de tres jolie couleurs.L'image est nette avec une tres bonne et belle lumiere.
Merci Michel

Bonjour Claude,

Une belle image de cet iris, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


Hello Claude,

Joli focus sur ce pétale d'Iris.Les couleurs sont splendides.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-05 6:42]

What an outstanding photo of this beautiful iris!
Magnificent colors, POV and composition.
Great job.

Très belle fleur que tu as su vraiment mettre en valeur sur cette photo, belles couleurs et beaux détails,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-05 9:22]

J'aime beaucoup ta série de fleurs Claude, c'est clair et net, bien vu et bien fait. Bonne note aussi.


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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-11-07 17:35]

Salut Claude,
superbe point de vue...très original et efficace pour montrer toute la beauté de cette plante ...Bravo

Great picture!!!!!
Wonderful colors and details!

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