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Blue hound’s tongue

Blue hound’s tongue
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Copyright: Jose Rodriguez (jmp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-05
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S9500, Digital ISO 80
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Flower(blue), Flower(blue)II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-11 8:11
Viewed: 3819
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cynoglossum creticum
Common name: Blue hound’s tongue
Nombre común: Lengua de perro

There are many species in the plant genus Cynoglossum. They are coarse-appearing, small-flowered plants of the family Boraginaceae. Cynoglossum officinale, the common hound's-tongue, is a native of Asia, Africa, and Europe. It has been introduced into North America, and it is considered to be a troublesome weed because its burs stick to the wool of sheep and to other animals. Ingestion of this plant can also lead to photosensitivity in grazing animals.

Cynoglossum virginianum, known as Wild comfrey, is a common plant from New York to Florida. Cynoglossum boreale occurs in the northern United States as far west as Minnesota and in Canada.

Cynoglossum amabile, known as Chinese Forget-me-not and Chinese Hound's Tongue, originally a wildflower from Southwest China, is now found in Europe and North America.

This plant is a troublesome pasture weed and it invades grasslands and suppresses native grasses.

Cynoglossum comes from greek Kynos (dog) and Glossa (tongue). See leaf shape to understand why it's called so.

Ref. Wikipedia
Department of the Environment, Australia

Time: 15:53, under a tree.
EXIF: Aperture priority, Flash=Off, Metering Mode=Spot,Manual Focus, Focal Length (in 35mm)=68,50

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-11 8:14]

Hello Jose,
Great color and definition. I like the different tones of blue, and the pov. Well done. Regards,

Hola José Miguel,
Que hermosa el ramillete de flores que nos presentas!
Me gusta mucho, -como siempre- la suavidad y calidad de la imagen.
Luego, la excelente composición que armaste, con el tallo saliendo justo por el vertice derecho inferior, y las flores cayendo graciosamente hacia el centro de la imagen y ocupando todo el centro de atención.
Y la profundidad de campo inmejorable.
Enhorabuena y gracias por compartir la foto con nosotros.
Un gran saludo,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-11 8:47]

Hola Hose,
Colors are great. I liked the way you composed and presented this beautiful flower. TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-11 8:50]

Hola José,
Fine capture of the Blue Hound's Tongue flowers. It is called 'hundstunga' in Swedish, the name referring to the shape of the leaves.
Sharp and well-composed capture with pleasing BG.
A mi, me gusta: muy linda!
TFS, saludos.

(Your English is better than my Spanish, but it is nice to practice)

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-11 8:56]

Hello JOse,
Very beautiful macro of these lovely flowers. I love the blue colours and the little dark "miniflower" in the centre of the flower. Excellent depth of focus and great sharpness. Very fine background too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-11 9:02]

Hi Jose.
Beautiful shot.Pretty you capture textures on petals.Superb composition with very good POV and also DOFand very good details on whole plant(with f/4.5!).Amazing pallete of colors and very nice blurry BG too.I like it so much,well done!Thanks for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

Hello Jose,
Beautiful color contrast. Spot on focus and well exposed picture. Very nice blurred background. Very well done and tfs.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-11 12:21]

Hi Jose.
Great DOF and amazing flowers are the key to successes at your wonderful shot. Soft light is excellent and suits for subject nicely. Beauty of the flower is terrific and its reproduction is simply outstanding. We can see all charming details of this plant. Composition is perfect too. In a word: Bravo. Super. First class. My congratulations and TFS.

Hi Jose, splendid flowers with wonderful colors, great focus, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-11 22:10]

Hello Jose

Excellent DOF and POV.The flower is well focused with razor sharp details.The textures of the plant are quite evident.The lighting is well done,and the subtle colours of the flower are reproduced superbly.The OOF BB has a very pleasant bokeh.TFS


Hello Jose,
A delicate flower is captured with fine details!
Well composed presentation, attractive colours are reproduced!
Pablo -

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-12 3:26]

salut Jose,
joli bouquet de printemps, la couleur est douce et agréable. Le soleil qui perce par endroit donne une belle atmosphère.



José, te ha quedado excelente. Lo que más me gusta las ondulaciones de los pétalos de las dos flores principales que has sabido plasmar bien. La tengo tb en mi galería y es una flor preciosa.
Saludos y buen fin de semana.
J. Ignasio

Hola José,
Bonita composición de estas bellas florecillas, gran nitidez con mucho detalle, bello colorido, con luz y fondo agradables. Saludos
José Ramón

They are nice delicates flowers Jose! Details, exposure and composition are beautiful. I like this natural lightning and their great color. This is very lovely and well done! TFS,

Hi dear Jose ,
what a anice shot .
it is silent and kind.
it has excellent BG.
well done.
thanks for sharing

Hi Jose,
You have really brought out the intricate detail in the petals of the flowers. Very vibrant color saturation and fine detail. A well controled DOF creates a beautiful composition. Well done!

Hola Jose.
Un colorido fabuloso, con unos detalles muy certeros. Buena nitidez y genial presentación.
Un saludo, JL.

hello jose!
wonderful flower shot with great texture and sharpness.
i like it.

Très bien rendu la netteté sur les pétales.
Bel ensemble

bonjour josé
malgres le reglage du diaphragme la profondeur de chanp est bonne,j'aime beaucoup les couleurs et les venures dans les petales.

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  • Rafa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 172 W: 0 N: 7] (846)
  • [2007-05-13 15:16]

Muy buena composición, con una iluminación muy adecuada para apreciar los detalles de esta bllea planta.


Beautifull shot Jose the details and DOF are perfect and lovely light. Nice colour tfs rgds Necip.

Beautiful flower, you can see the color run through the veins, detail and exposure are right on!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-14 7:58]

Hello Jose,
What a fine kind of flower with this special patterns reminding some porcelain designs. I like also the flower in the flower with this beautiful dark blue. Excellent composition, subtle colours, a very fine picture.
best regards

Hola Jose.

Que nombres les ponen a algunas flores, bueno seria por algo, tendre que mirarle la lengua a un perro lo que es seguro es que no sera tan bonita como tu flor y con ese color tampoco.

Jose Luis.

Dear José,
admirable details all over the blossoms due to perfectly placed depth of field, pleasantly soft colours, graceful composition. Beautiful flowering plant with soft leaves and furry stems, doing well on dry locations. Just a few days ago I enjoyed the look of a closely related deeply dark species next to my place. Never found anything troublesome about them. They seem to live in harmony with native grasses, animals, and people.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-15 17:57]

Hola José,
original nombre, y preciosas flores...
bonitos detalles,
bella composición y encuadre.

Muy buenas Jose
Bonitas flores que no tenía el gusto de conocer, con una iluminición y un fondo muy bueno.
Un saludo

These are the kind of flower compositions from your camera that I have come to love and admire, Jose.
A superb picture of these lovely flowers, queerly named Blue Hound's Tongue!
Thanks for sharing this beauty, my friend.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-05-18 0:37]

Hola Jose!
It's a great macro! Dof is EXACTLY what it should be. Focusy hairs and flowers are remarcable.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-05-18 11:26]

Belle texture pour ces charmantes fleurs.
Bonne journée.

Buenas Jose, que poco tiempo tengo, y que poco me gusta eso, pero hay que sacar unos minutillos para ver estas nuevas aportaciones. Esta es fantástica. No conocía la flor, pero es una preciosidad y la has sacado de lujo. Enhorabuena. Un abrazo.

José Luis

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-05-21 19:16]

Hola jmp, El detalle exquisito y la riqueza del color ponen en manifiesto con claridad el buen gusto, y nitides de la flor. Saludos

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-22 7:36]

Hello Jose,
amazing how much detail is in the pedals of this little flowers, you used the light to your best advantage to see those gorgeous blue tones and amazing detail.
Very well composed, love how the flower floats on this OOF BG.
Very nice work.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-22 16:05]

¡Qué maravilla de foto, Jose!
¡Qué preciosidad de florecillas y qué detalles tan magníficos de forma y color!
Me encantan esos pétalos tan nervosos y esos botones aterciopelados.
Genial composición!

My dear Jose,
This is a DANGEROUS plant; we have this scourge in parts of Alberta.
Have read your notes on it too. VERY CORRECT in every sense.
You have captured this image as BEAUTIFULLY as it is in real life; we stay away from it,though.
My in-laws are farmers and they HATE this plant with a passion.
Friendly greetings,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-01 13:57]

Hi Jose

Lovely veining on the petals of this flower. Lovely colours. Good focus, nice POV and good DOF as well



as usual great close up, TFS Ori

Hi Jose,
Beautiful flower/image with interesting light, great color..I enjoy the POV, and it's well seen on this lovely BG :)
Very nice. Have a Great weekend mf.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-09 2:51]

Hi Jose,
Just marking this post and will be back with a proper critique. Facing internet problem, hence doing a short job.

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