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Alpine Red Indian Paintbrush

Alpine Red Indian Paintbrush
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-17
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon Macro Lens EF 100mm 1:2.8 L IS USM, B+W 67mm 010 1x F PRO
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-18 12:27
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Alpine Indian Paint Brush
Castilleja miniata

Paintbrush can be found growing in Aspen, Parkland, Montane and Sub-alpine. They are widespread in central and southern Alberta.

Flowers can range in colour from red, orange, yellow and creamy/white, and grow up to 3 feet tall. Their colour comes from the dense bracts that surround the flower (similar to a poinsettia)

The Paintbrush evoked the Native American legend of a young brave who tried to paint the sunset with his warpaints. Frustrated that he could not match the brilliance of nature, he ask for guidance from the Great Spirit. The Great Spirit gave him paintbrushes laden with the colors he so desired. With these, he painted his masterpiece and left the spent brushes in fields across the landscape. These brushes sprouted the flowers we now so wonderfully love!

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Namaste Janice,
here you presented this beautiful flower neatly and with great depth. The colour contrast with background is superb. Light is also perfect. Very well done. Tfs.
Best wishes.

Dear Janice
What a lovely story matched by ''dream-like'' atmosphere in your image!!

You create the impression of the bloom floating in the air (like a ghost).How did you do that??!!??

The perfect focus on the tiny hair increases this reverie impression, and the Ferrari red petals in the foreground wake up the viewer to reality.

A truly artistic creation, and I add it to my favorites, thank you!

I wish you a good week
Warm Greetings

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-09-21 0:41]

Hello Janice,
very special and unique flower. The composition is artistic and the colour contrast is excellent.
I like the full view and red inner petals.


nice capture, TFS Ori

Very DETAILED and presented with taste.
What an image... sort of foggy... sort of "floating".
Wonder how you did this one???
Your neighbour,
Mario with greetings.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-04 4:40]

Hi Janice,
What a beautiful close up of one of my favorite flowers. I just love some of the colour variations one sees in their travels. Thanks for warming me up.

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2010-12-22 7:25]

Itīs so smarvelous! Fatastic.Congratulations.

Ciao Janice, great macro of fantastic flower, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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