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Safran - Crocus

Safran - Crocus
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Copyright: Fevzi YAPICI (fyapici) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 800 W: 121 N: 1985] (7499)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-04
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A100, Minolta AF Macro 50 mm 1:1 f/2.8 (32), Sony UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My Purple Obsession 1, Flower(blue) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-04 7:09
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Crocus biflorus
The plant is poisonous. The plant is perfectly safe in normal usage but 5 - 10 grams of saffron has been known to cause death

Physical Characteristics: Corm growing to 0.1m by 0.1m. It is in flower in April and May. The flowers are hermaphrodite and are pollinated by Bees, butterflies.

Habitats: The plant prefers light and medium soils, requires well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and alkaline soils and can grow in very alkaline soil. It can grow in semi-shade or no shade. It requires dry or moist soil.

Edible Uses: Colouring, condiment, tea. The flower styles are commonly used as a flavouring and yellow colouring for various foods such as bread, soups, sauces, rice and puddings. They are an essential ingredient of many traditional dishes such as paella, bouillabaisse, risotto milanese and various other Italian dishes. The styles are extremely rich in riboflavin. Water soluble. Yields per plant are extremely low, about 4000 stigmas yield 25g of saffron. Saffron is the world's most expensive spice, it takes 150,000 flowers and 400 hours work to produce 1 kilo of dried saffron. About 25 kilos of styles can be harvested from a hectare of the plant. Fortunately, only very small quantities of the herb are required to impart their colour and flavour to dishes. Because of the cost, saffron is frequently adulterated with cheaper substitutes such as marigold flowers and safflower. The flower styles are used as a tea substitute. Root - cooked. The corms are toxic to young animals so this report of edibility should be treated with some caution.

Medicinal Uses: Abortifacient, anodyne, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, appetizer, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, narcotic, sedative, stimulant. Saffron is a famous medicinal herb with a long history of effective use, though it is little used at present because cheaper and more effective herbs are available. The flower styles and stigmas are the parts used, but since these are very small and fiddly to harvest they are very expensive and consequently often adulterated by lesser products. The styles and stigmas are anodyne, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, appetizer, carminative, diaphoretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative and stimulant. They are used as a diaphoretic for children, to treat chronic haemorrhages in the uterus of adults, to induce menstruation, treat period pains and calm indigestion and colic. A dental analgesic is obtained from the stigmas. The styles are harvested in the autumn when the plant is in flower and are dried for later use, they do not store well and should be used within 12 months. This remedy should be used with caution, large doses can be narcotic and quantities of 10g or more can cause an abortion.
1-Prof. Dr. Gönül KAYNAK, Bursa Bitkileri
2-Prof. Dr. Necmeddin ZEYBEK Pharmaceutical Botany

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Mükkemmel bir poazlama, mükemmel bir bakış açısı ve mükemmel netlik. Fevzi abi tebrik ederim. Çalışmalarıın içerinde en beğendiklerimden biri "safran" çalışman oldu. Renkler göz alıcı. Beyazlarda en ufak bir patlama yok ve alan derinliği çok iyi kullanılmış. Daha ne diyebilirim...

Eline-gözüne sağlık.

Selam Fevzi,

Very impressive shot. Great sharpness, neat image.


Hi Fevzi,
a lovely picture of a plant whi os growing throu the snow.
Very good details and nice colours.
Maybe it could be bright up a bit, but thats a minor nit.
Well done.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-04-04 7:42]
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Merhaba Fevzi Bey,
Nefis bir kompozisyon olmus. Elinize saglik.

Very good motive, flower and snow.

It is a good photo ,maybe a little more light. The focus is great and combination of snow and crocus flower is superb. And bravo for note. Best regards, Cezar T.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-04 8:32]

Karin olusturdugu fonu çok begendim. Çiçek de mükemmel pozlanmis bence. Tebrikler.

Wooow! Super bir fotograf, elinize saglik!
A favorite :)

Hi Fevzi,
Superb macro! The details are awesome, especially the detail in the snow. I really like the contrast between the lovely blue crocus flowers and the white snow. Well captured!

This is a so nice flower that I had never have the chance to see "in real" Fevzi. I really like the contrast between the purple color and the white and brilliant snow. Details and composition are very good as well. I think that the WS enhanced the picture too but it was very well done at the start anyway. Nice one with as usual, interesting notes. Thanks,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-04-04 8:40]

Hallo Fevzi,
an eye-catching ice-breaking flower. Point of view, composition and light are very nice.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Fevzi
Wonderful shot of these Saffron flowers,
Great sharpness and BG,Fantastic colors,
I didn't know saffron grow in turkey also,
Very intersting subject,Welldone.


Sevgili Fevzi, Çok çok güzel bir fotograf. Sizi kutluyorum.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-04 9:30]

Hola Fevzi,
realmente excelente este crocus,
bellos detalles y genial compo, saludos

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-04-04 10:32]

Hi Fevzi.
I like this your picture so much.Beautiful contrasted first spring flowers against snow.Great diagonalle composition,very nice colors and very good details.Well done!
Thanks,with greeting Milos.

Hi Fevzi,
Such beauty in the snow! Vibrant rich colors and sharp detail in this scene. Excellent exposure. A great contrast of the flower growing thru the snow. Looks great!

What a wonderful flower, maintaining its beauty and dignity despite the cold, thawing snow around it, Fevzi!
Superb capture that presents this flower in its most attractive aspect.
Saffron grows in the valley of Kashmir in India and is a very important ingredient in numerous exotic food items in our country.
I like your very detailed and informative note on the flower.

beautiful, try to brighten a little. greetings, Ori

Fevzi merhaba , tebrik ederim mükemmel bir makro , eline sağlık.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer [C: 191 W: 0 N: 10] (173)
  • [2007-04-05 12:17]

merhaba fevzi bey;
İşte fotoğraf, işte çekilmişlerin en güzeli...Bunu ancak Fevzi hocam çeker...tebrikler selam ve saygılar...

Fevzi abiciğim.Şimdi bu gidişle aldıracaksınız banada bir adet alfa 100 Harika olmuş. Bkamaya doyamadım...

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-04-05 15:20]

Dört dörtlük bir makro bu, tebrikler.

Merhaba Fevzi, lovely flower in the snow, wonderful colors, great focus, splendid sharpness, interesting note, very well done, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Fevzi,
Belle image de ce très beau groupe de crocus qui émergent de la neige. J'aime beaucoup le rendu très précis du pistil. Ta note est très complète et intéressante.

Muhteşem.Herşeyiyle mükemmel
Elinize sağlık

Una preciosidad Fevzi.
Bellos colores y hermosos contrastes entre la flor y su medio.
Perfecta Fevzi.
Saludos, JL.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-04-13 10:47]

Simplemente maravillosa querido amigo... todo tu pasión y tu talento para captar tan intensa imagen, bien controlada y técnicamente de gran nivel.
El DOF y agudeza necesarios, la iluminación ideal y acertado elección del encuadre y punto de vista.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Simply wonderful dear friend... all your passion and talent to capture so intense image, very well controlled and technically of great level.
The necessary DOF and sharpness, the ideal illumination and right election of the framing and point of view.
My best regards... Ricardo

Merhaba Abi. Tek kelime ile muhteşem. Başka söze gerek yok. Selamlar

Merhaba Fevzi Bey.
Of of of! Bu ne güzellik yarabbi! İnadına yaşayacağım diyen ve insanın içini ısıtan bir kare bu. Tebrikler, tebrikler, tebrikler.

Merhaba Hemşehrim,
Muhteşem! Bayıldım buna. Ellerin dert görmesin. Selamlar

Kompozisyon çok güzel. Pozlama 1 stop daha fazla olabilir miydi acaba? Fakat fotoğraf mükemmel. Selamlar

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-04-23 11:23]

Hello Fevzi,
Lovely composition with growing flower through snow. Perfect colours and quality.
Well done!Thanks and greetings.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-29 10:44]

Merhaba Fevzi,
Wonderful find of this yound crocus in the snow! Colours are lovely!
Best regard mf,
José M.

Great subject. The image is sharp, composition is good,.. but whgat what amazed me most was the subject of the photograph.

Hallo Fevzi
Absolutely stunning. Such a beautiful flower. The dark purple colour is really eye-catching. I like it very much. I love purple and even created a theme with the title "My purple obsession." Thanks for sharing this beauty with all of us but to me in particular.A stunning close-up, presented in a favourable manner. The ice crystals adds a special touch to this incredible photo. Thanks for sharing. I have added this photo to my theme.
Kind regards

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