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Wild Saffron Crocus

Wild Saffron Crocus
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-20
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Olympus C-740 UZ
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-02 11:53
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Points: 12
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On the foot of the majestic Temple of Poseidon at the cape Sounio, this tiny colorfull crocus attracted me.
This is the Crocus cartwrightianus or Wild Saffron Crocus, which can be found on rocky hillsides in Southern Greece, Cyclades and Crete, blooming in autumn. Its styles are sometimes gathered for saffron. It looks like the Saffron Crocus except for its smaller size. It is thought that Crocus sativus (Saffron Crocus, cultivated for saffron) is a selection of Crocus cartwrightianus.

I am a strange visitor in archeologic sites: I did not shot only the columns and temples but also the flowers, insects, turtles... which are abundant on the archeologic sites where they find some protection!

Aux pieds du magnifique Temple de Poséidon au cap Sounion, ce petit crocus m'a attiré.
C'est le Crocus cartwrightianus ou Safran sauvage, que l'on peut trouver sur les collines rocheuss du Sud de la Grèce, des Cyclades et de Crète en automne. Ses styles sont parfois récoltés comme safran. Il ressemble au Crocus safran, à part sa plus petite taille. On pense que le Crocus sativus (Crocus safran, cultivé pour le safran) serait une sélection du Crocus cartwrightianus.

Je suis une étrange visiteuse des sites archéologiques: je ne photographie pas seulement les colonnes et les temples, mais aussi les fleurs, les insectes, les tortues... que l'on trouve en abondance sur ces sites car ils y trouvent une certaine protection!

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Hello Catherine
Lovely colours sharpness and detail here..and very interesting to me...I live near a town called saffron walden which was named after this flower I believe..and there is still a public house called the crocus.
Great work and great note.
Tfs and regards

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 21 N: 1936] (13293)
  • [2007-11-02 12:43]

Hi Catherine,

Very interesting indeed. Very good picture. Some of the brightest areas may be saturated, though.



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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5077 W: 260 N: 15590] (50614)
  • [2007-11-02 14:02]

Hello Catherine,
Fine capture of this species of Crocus growing in the wild. Great lighting and details presented from a fine POV and set in a pleasing composition.
Well done and TFS!
Regards, Ivan

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-02 15:33]

Hello Catherine,
What a great shot and what a beautiful Crocus species!
Great work, very good DOF

Hi Catherine,
Beautiful flowers. Well composed sharp macro. Brilliant colours.
Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

Kalimera Katerina!

Great shot, excellent detail and marvellous colours! TFS.

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