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Bluebells


Bluebells
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Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-22
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma EF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 APO DG Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-23 12:48
Viewed: 3253
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello,

Well it's that time of year for my favourite flower to raise make itself known again, albeit too briefly. I'm lucky to have loads of these in my back garden, so this was shot there yesterday

First time i've really tried anything with the macro side of my 300mm lens so i'm aware that those of you with vast amounts more skill and experience with this type of photography will probably find alot wrong with it!

Anyway, hope you like it and here's a load of facts you may or may not know about the Bluebell and its current status in the world...

Kingdom Plantae
Phylum Anthophyta
Class Liliopsida
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae
Genus Hyacinthoides (1)


Size Flower stalk length: 20 - 50 cm (2)
Leaf width: 7 - 15 mm (2)
Leaf length: 20 - 45 cm (2)


Status


Wild bluebells are protected in Britain with respect to sale under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Classified as a UK Biodiversity Action Plan species of conservation concern, although not a priority species.

Description

The bluebell, popularly thought of as Britain's national flower, is a bulbous spring flowering plant. When growing en masse in woodlands it creates a dazzling display of brilliant blue, which is not only a great wild flower phenomenon, but also a British speciality. The fragrant bell-shaped flowers stand upright when they are in bud, but hang downwards, nodding in the breeze when fully open; they may be violet-blue, white or even pink on rare occasions, and have cream-coloured anthers. They are arranged in clusters of 4-16 on flower spikes (known as racemes), which have drooping tips. The narrow leaves are deep green, and grow to 45 cm in length. The unusual specific part of the scientific name 'non-scripta' means 'unlettered', and distinguishes this species from the hyacinth, which in Greek mythology sprang from the blood of the prince Hyacinthus as he died; in his grief at this tragedy, the God Apollo wrote 'AIAI' ('alas') on the petals of this flower.

Range

The bluebell has a wide distribution throughout Britain, but is absent from Orkney and Shetland; its range appears to be fairly stable. It is also found in western Europe from central Spain as far north as the Netherlands, and has become naturalised in parts of central Europe.

Habitat

This species is found in deciduous woodlands, hedgrows, meadows, under bracken in upland areas, and on cliffs; it also occurs as a garden escape. The presence of the species in hedgerows and under bracken on pastures may indicate that the land was once covered in woodland.

Biology

The flowers of this perennial species are present between April and June and are pollinated by insects.

Threats

A number of populations have been damaged by large-scale commercial removal of bulbs for sale, despite the species being listed under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981. This has been particularly problematic in East Anglia, where the species is less common. Furthermore, picking and trampling are also problems in some areas, and hybridisation (cross-breeding) with non-native species is also a cause for concern. Plantlife have identified the bluebell as one of a number of plant species that will struggle in the face of global warming.

Conservation

Although widespread in Britain, the bluebell is globally threatened. Populations in the UK represent 25-49% of the world population. It is a UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP) Species of Conservation Concern, but not a priority species. The species has been included in a number of Local BAPs; action taken includes the planting of a large number of bluebell bulbs. An example of this has taken place in Edinburgh, where 50,000 native bulbs were planted in 1998 alone.

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Hi Paul,
we are neighbours today ;-)
I like these beautiful flowers with that fantastic violet colour. A pretty arrangement, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-23 22:29]

Hello Paul,
Very nice macro of this beautiful flower.
Rick

Hello Paul,
Bluebells are always nice to look at :-)
Your shot presents a very interesting composition. I like very much the "smeared" background and the overall low light althought in my opinion the flowers could be a bit sharpened.
Anyway a very nice contribtuion.
Best greetings and TFS!
Michal

Hi again dear Paul ,
lovely flower and excellent captured.
nice background and well composed.
thanks for sharing of this nice shot.
Regrads
Saeed

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-25 16:45]

Hi Paul

Excellent colours and great DOF. I love the composition and the excellent BG.

James

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-04-26 14:45]

Hi Paul

I have been photographing these as well (not posted yet) but yours is better than mine. Excellent POV and DOF. Lovely colours. If only we could have the lovely perfume as well

TFS

Karan

Hey mate, in a tune with our peers here and without wanting to repeat the record but going to - nice dof and pov mate.

Paul

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