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Phlox of the Cascades

Phlox of the Cascades
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-15
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D50, SIGMA 28-70mm 1:2.8-4 DG
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-17 7:52
Viewed: 2988
Points: 40
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This is a rather common wildflower out in the western US, especially in the mountains. We had plenty of it at our wilderness cabin. A very pretty spring site, but it comes up down here on the flatlands a bit earlier...as it is still quite cold up in the wilds...I thought perhaps it might brighten up the weekend and make for a nice change of pace from the usual bird images.

From Oregon State comes the identification:

Showy phlox is pretty perennial phlox with a shrubby base, with multiple stems which may rise from 15 to 40 cm high. Plants may be found winding up through the foliage of other medium height plants such as sagebrush) or found growing in the open by themselves. The herbage is glandular to glandular-hairy above and often glabrous below. The leaves are linear to broadly lanceolate, measuring up to 7 cm long and 1 cm wide. The leaves are opposite on the stems, and are widely spaced.

The inflorescence is a loose cyme. Individual corollas are pink to white, typically with notched lobes. The tube is 10 to 15 mm long, with the lobes an equal length. The calyx is about equal in length to the tube. The membranes between the calyx ribs are flat to slightly keeled. The style is very short (0.5-2 mm long) and is divided near the base into 3 linear stigmas which are longer than the style.

To my knowledge, no one is offering this plant for sale from nurseries, but it would be very attractive in the rockery or low shrub land garden to the east of the Cascades. Generally, this species and its cousin, the long-leaf phlox do not do well west of the Cascades, even in good drainage because of the excessive moisture there.

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Hello Bob,

You have caught this at an interesting time when it is covered in raindrops!
Good sharp images and it doesn't surprise me that it is referred to as phlox of the cascades, as it is a cascade of bright colour!
I would certainly like this on my rockery!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Many thanks for your warm comments on 'Nervously Feeding!'

Well hello there Mr Shannon

How the devil have you been ? Have been busy as I see that you have. A pin sharp image you have served up here, lovely hairy stems and droplets of water that add up to another winner.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-17 9:53]

Hi Bob,

They look so beautiful with the water droplets. Very pretty flowers and such nice colors. They look wonderful with the dark green leaves and the dark background. You've gone from birds to flowers and these are just perfect.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-05-17 10:33]

Hi Bob. This is so sharp with very good detail rich colours. and good use of the light. The water droplets help to make this one. very nice indeed. TFS.

Hello Bob,
very refreshing image of the wildflowers that covered with raindrops! I think they will looks nice with a big patch of them in the wild with nice pink colour!
good sharpess with wonderful colour and details always
well done
have a great weekend, Bob!

A fine looking shrub with brightly lit lilac flowers in sharp focus, the contrast of the dark green leaves and the black BG form a good composition with a generous help from the water droplets, but for me, what makes this a unique capture is the presence of yet to open screw-like buds! Thank you Bob, for sharing this fine macro-scene with us.

Hi Bob,
Lovely image with great color, detail, DOF, and exposure.
The water droplets throughout look like you must've shot this right after a rain..Nice look :)
Well done mf,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-17 14:14]

Hi Bob

Lovely shot - good framing plus excellent colour and beautiful detail. Well observed and captured.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-05-17 18:51]

Very refreshing looking image Bob,
Makes me feel clean and rejuvenated just looking at it. The water droplets say it all, nothing makes you feel better then being outdoors after a nice steady rain shower.
Excellent sharpness, DOF and POV.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-17 20:06]

Hello Bob,
Whats this we both do something a little different today. What a beautiful bouquet of very different shaped petals, The droplets add to an already wonderful image with superb color and details. Thank you sir for this fine image.

Bob, the feel of spring is very strong in this beautiful image of wild flowers.
I can imagine your sense of joy in seeing the nature re-generate itself in myriad forms after a long spell of winter.
You have selected the frame with an eye for the composition and it has turned out to be a superb image.
I love the color of these flowers.
Thanks and regards.

Someone, actually two people, kept insisting that the song was Money Money! by Abba and not Honey Honey!who's to tell them both are different songs by the same band! There was this singer, englebert Humperdinck(sorry if i spelt that wrong), he sang this wonderful song "Raindrops keep fallin' on my head" or something like it.wouldn't that be what these flowers's song, if they could sing?
Lovely shot, Bob!

Namastay Bob,
So these are wild there hmmmm! We see these tiny and beautiful flowers in flower shows and some exotic hotels in the winter. A lovely capture of these pholx which I tend to write flux when I was a child ;>.

Thanks a lot for sharing.


Hi Bob, fascinating flower composition with splendid drops, great sharpness and fine details, fantastic colors, very well done, BRAVO!!, ciao Silvio

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-05-18 1:42]

Very attractive flowers Bob, and the raindrops brighten them up even more. Its an eye-catching plant, and one I don't know. Very good close-up image,

Beauty, Bob. Just a nicely composed image of this lovely flower. I think the pattern shots works very well, yet it's still tight enough to see the details of the individual flower.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-18 8:34]

Hi Bob,
Wow......simply majestic. These charming wild flowers bathed in rain drops filling the frame looks marvellous. Very impressive colours and sharpness with perfect lighting and exposure. This is so pleasant to the eyes. Excellent composition. Kudos.

What a perfectly composed piece. Love the actual cascade of flowers. And the details are astounding. Beautiful droplets on the petals. Wonderful color and great contrast against the darker foliage. :)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-18 12:49]

This is a really lovely photo!
The water droplets are excellent and brings this photo out.
Excellent clarity and sharpness.
Lovely smooth colours and nice soft light.
Brilliant composition.
Really very well done, Bob!



I've seen these babies before but never knew what they were called. Nice capture and good presentation.

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