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Purple False Foxglove

Purple False Foxglove
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Copyright: Billy C Banks (K9madtex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 67 N: 278] (1022)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wildflowers of Texas, By Cade, Flower(purple/violet) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-26 7:05
Viewed: 3445
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I came across this photo I took last September at home in Lufkin, TX and wanted to share it with everyone. Special thanks go to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Website for helping to Identify it. I thought I knew what it was but I was only partly right. I particularly like how the the "Rule of Odds" plays out in this photo.

About The "rule of odds"

The "rule of odds" suggests that an odd number of subjects in an image is more interesting than an even number. Thus if you have more than one subject in your picture, the suggestion is to choose an arrangement with at least three subjects. An even number of subjects produces symmetries in the image, which can appear less natural.

Related to the rule of odds is the observation that triangles are an aesthetically pleasing implied shape within an image.

About Purple False Foxglove:

Agalinis purpurea (L.) Pennell
Gerardia, Purple false foxglove, Purple gerardia
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: AGPU5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.

Pink, bell-shaped flowers on short stalks bloom in the axils of opposite, linear leaves.

The rose-purple corolla of this widely spreading, smooth-stemmed annual has dark spots on the inside of the throat. As a group, the Gerardias are slender, wiry-branched plants with narrow leaves. A smaller species, found in salt marshes, Seaside Gerardia (A. maritima), has rather fleshy linear leaves and smaller flowers. Over fifteen species of this genus occur in eastern North America, all with pink to purplish (or occasionally white) flowers.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-30 3:39]

Magnificent shot, Billy!
I like a lot the composition and the presentation.
Excellent sharpness and very nice POV and DOF.
Thank you very much for sharing this beauty and the valuable note.

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