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Common Chicory

Common Chicory
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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: 2007-07-27
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things, Flower(blue) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-02 5:24
Viewed: 4341
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Chicory is the common name given to the flowering plants in genus Cichorium of the family Asteraceae. There are two cultivated species, and four to six wild species.

Common chicory (Cichorium intybus) is a bushy perennial herb with blue or lavender flowers. Originating from Europe, it was naturalized in North America, where it has become a common roadside plant. The roots are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive in the plant's Mediterranean region of origin, although its use as a coffee additive is still very popular in the American South, particularly in New Orleans. It is a staple in Cajun-style red-eye gravy. Common chicory is also known as blue sailors, succory, and coffeeweed. The plant is cultivated and used as endive under the common names radicchio, Belgian endive, French endive, or witloof. It is grown in complete darkness to keep new leaves tender and pale.

True endive (Cichorium endivia) is a species of chicory which is specially grown and used as a salad green. It has a slightly bitter taste and has been attributed with herbal properties. Curly endive and the broad-leafed escarole are true endives.

Cichorium is used as a food plant by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Setaceous Hebrew Character and Turnip Moth.

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hello claude,
lovely floral shot, the colours and the contrast are beautiful, well composed shot, nice lighting, effective framing,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-02 7:03]

Hi Claude. This is a very clear well detailed close up of the Chicory. You have good rich colours. and very sharp focusing. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello Claude
Very intersting spieces to shoot,
Perfect details,sharpness and colors,
Superb shot.


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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-12-02 7:45]

Bonjour Claude,
Cette belle chicorée bleu/mauve ressort très bien du feuillage! Elle est vraiment superbe ta composition, excellente netteté.
Beau travail!

This is quite thee famous little flower...some of which whose sub species grew here late into the fall..but are now surely gone with snows....A wonderful reproduced colour Claude. It is my favorite as you may know.

Bonjour Claude,
UNa linda foto de la achicoria, una planta que aquí es exótica y que crece en cantidades justo ahora. Casualmente la última de mi galería es de esta flor! Buen acercamiento, se notan los "pelos" de los pétalos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-02 11:15]

Hi Claude.
High end quality picture of the beautiful flower at very nice scenery. I like all shown components of photo skill. Perfect composition and framing of the shot. Fantastic reproduction of all features of the flower (light, colours, details are superb). Surrounding leaves are reproduced very well too. Their sharpness, coloration, impressive shadows are looked excellently. My compliments and TFS.

Hello Claude, Superb details! Fine focus and a well composed shot. The light and exposure are spot on. Rgds, Necip.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-12-02 13:43]

la photo et les couleurs sont exceptionelles,une parfaite choix de la position de la lumiere,un parfait travail,mes compliemnts,Luciano

Hi Claude,

Great shot with beautlful colours and light. The flower is amazing and you have captured in amazing detail. The pov is spot on as it the composition.

Kind regards,


Hi Claude,
Lovely flower, very nicely captured. Perfect picture.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-03 2:25]

Bonjour Claude,
Très jolie ta petite chicorée au milie de cette verdure. Comme un petit soliel bleu. Bien vu
Bonne journée

Bonjour Claude,

Une belle de cette chicorée sauvage, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


Hi Claude,
You've done a great job jere..Excellent color, light, DOF, POV, and details. I like the light and shadow mix, it makes the shot :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-12-03 8:26]

Hello Claude,
I can't resist this flower: it is a real eye-catcher growing along our roadsides and you have captured the Chickory flower well with good sharpness and set in a fine composition amonst the green foliage.
Well done and thanks,

Hello Claude,
my good friend the chicory ("Gemeine Wegwarte" we call it here) is a most characteristic and lovely flowering plant along paths and roadsides from midsummer into autumn in the lowlands of Central Europe. And its seems to have become a cosmopolite of temperate climates. Hopefully, as a neophyte it does not do much harm to the genuine flora in Canada. Nice to read that its use as a coffee substitute in times of poverty is also well known in your place by simply calling it "coffeeweed".
Its lovely and tender pale blue has been captured extraordinarily well in your image. The image is filled with strong light, there are excellent details, well shaping shadows, well saturated colours, and everything under perfect control.
With thanks, and best regards,

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