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Agapanthus orientalis

Agapanthus orientalis
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3748 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-17
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-12-17 8:09
Viewed: 6107
Points: 17
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Agapanthus, African blue lily

Scientific Name: Agapanthus orientalis (A. praecox ssp. orientalis)

Family: Liliaceae

Plant Description: Herb with fleshy roots, the stem thick and short; leaves long and grass-like; flowers in a terminal cluster, each tubular, blue or white, with 6 petal-like parts.

Origin: South Africa.

Mode Ingestion, dermatitis.

Poisonous Part: Plant sap in leaves.

Symptoms: Irritation of skin and eyes from cell sap. Irritation and ulceration of mouth if ingested.

Toxic Principle: Unknown.


The blue and white variety are often seen in New Zealand, dotted around the landscape on the verge of the road in rural and open country regions, adding some very nice colour.

The above obtained from http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Agapaor.htm


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 12:33 p.m.
Date: 17th December 2005
Weather conditions: Raining
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/60
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Beautifull use of DOF in this image PAM, the detail of the small rain drops on the fower is very appealing in the photo. Overall a good exposure with only a few blown highlights. A very nice photo!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-17 9:56]

Hello Pam!
Wonderful capture.Blurred BG,3D effect,colors,framing,POV and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Why would anyone eat such a lovely flower :) I like the details on the petals and rain drops. The overall brightness level I feel is a tad on the brighter side though(as it appears on my screen). Thanks for sharing!

Hi Pam!
Nice, artiswtic composition with fantastic BG!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-12-17 14:00]

Hi Pam, the Agapanthus are looking good right now with the new buds opening. This one is lovely, showing the beautiful shapes of the emerging flowers in their wonderful colours. Very artistic too. TFS.
Good to have the rain for a few hours - great for the gardens...
Some people are allergic to the sap from the stems too when they pick them.

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-12-17 14:33]

Beautiful flower well captured, suggest to blurr the BG a little more, it creates the impression of movement and thereby is distracting. Also a bit bright over here (difficult to judge as monitor-dependent), but detail is lost only in one very small patch.

Hello Pam,
this is a very nice flower shot! Great sharpness, colours and great POV. I like your work and note. Thanks for sharing.

Very impressive shot Pam,
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Have a great weekend.

Hi Pam,
Excellent composition and framing. The colors and detail look great. Nice control on the DOF. Great work1

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