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the Sabbath bells

the Sabbath bells
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Copyright: Larry Doyle (techranger) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 233 W: 9 N: 1075] (3462)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-10
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-10 17:13
Viewed: 2878
Points: 10
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Virginia Bluebells... another flower I seem never to have much success photographing... at least for me.

This one turned out better than any previous attempt. :)

These bloom every year on a slope off a familiar woodland path near my home.

"The Virginia Bluebell, Mertensia virginica, has many different common names, including "Virginia Cowslip", "Lungwort Oysterleaf", and "Roanoke Bells". It is a species of plant belonging to the family Boraginaceae. This bluebell ranges in height from 12~24 inches. The most distinguishing feature of the plant is the noticeable bell-shaped flower, which is usually blue or violet in color.

These herbaceous plants grow best in moist, rich, and loamy soils. They can be found in upland forests, floodplain forests, wetlands and bluffs. These plants prefer slight to full shade. The single stem begins curled in shape and extends as it grows into an elegant arch to hold to blossom cluster. The leaves are alternately located around a thin, smooth stem attached by petioles near the base, but as you move upward towards the flower cluster, the leaves are simply attached straight to the stem. The leaves are oval-shaped with pinnately-simple venation. The blossom cluster is located above the simple leaves. Flowering occurs in spring from March to May." - Wikipedia

"The cheerful Sabbath bells, wherever heard, Strike pleasant on the sense, most like the voice Of one, who from the far-off hills proclaims Tidings of good to Zion." - Charles Lamb

Taken hand-held, auto everything, looking upward on a hillside, in shade on a bright sunny day, macro setting. Some PP work in Photoshop.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-04-10 17:17]

Hi Larry,

I would say you were quite successful with this shot! I have not seen Virginia Bluebells before and they are lovely looking very much like bells. Nice sharp details and a lovely contrast between the color of the flowers and the beautiful green leaves. I LOVE the composition.


hello Larry

you had a successful photo of these beautiful flowers,
fine POV and i love the way diagonally ar framed on the image,
superbly focused with excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-04-11 2:17]

Hello Larry.
Very beautiful and well composed Virginia Bluebells.DOF, color and POV are fine.
Flowers are sharp and well exposed. Blured BG looks great. Color contrast works well. Composition is well balanced.
Best regards Siggi

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-04-11 18:05]

Hello Larry,
The first thing I noticed was the wonderful DOF you seemed to have gotten, clusters are always a problem for me trying to get all in sharp focus. The exposure is great also because you have managed to keep the light blue color and not get a washed out look.
Excellent detail and nicely composed image. I have never seen these in the wild, but you have done a super job of showing them off for all to enjoy viewing.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2010-04-12 0:23]

Hello Larry,

You shows us the Sabbath bells on a very wonderful manner.
Soft color, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

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