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Jack In The Pulpet

Jack In The Pulpet
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-26
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(white)II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-04-27 11:23
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Points: 12
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For some unknown reason to me I have been fascinated with this tiny plant for a number of years. Maybe it's because they are one of the first to appear in the spring, or it could be that they only grow in in certin particular deep wooded areas.
I found this one on a hill in a forested area just south of Cleveland off of Rockside Road. Some have purplish stripes on them, but today I found only the bright green ones.
The Jack In The Pulpet thrives in the wet damp soil of forested areas. They don't grow just anywhere, so when you are lucky enough to find one, it becomes a real treat. They seem to be loners, as I've never found them to be growing in large clusters.
They remind me of someone who can live and grow and flourish in their own little environment. Maybe that is the real reason I have a soft spot for them!!

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nice pic, TFS Ori

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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
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Hi Ron,
To me, this wild plant reflects spring. I always loved the complexity of its shape.
Wonderful natural colours, great POV.
Very well done

This plant is very graceful. I love the curve, almost like an arch, a very regal one. There's something soft, yet tough about this photo. The spiral, the stem inside that is protected - it is about life, vulnerabilty, and the ability to weather life's storms. Lovely photo.

Are you still being my Angel sir? I know the area like the back of my hand. I was hospitalized for the first real time on Turney Road, although I had to live all the way on the west side..and driving there to see my doctor for meds was quite the chore..and be4 freeways of course...I mean Brookpark road? Oh no! Then we have this Jack....which I was , as a child mostly fascinated with in it's so unique way of growing. We almost celebrated these...as I remember my first girlfriend and I...at around age 7 or 6 but we are talking 1950 early on....we used to simply take one another and show what we had found without picking or anything...we just shared as if it were a gift to each other of our find....You are quite blessed in your talents...and I have yet to figure out why you are here at this time in my life...it is amazing to me..perhaps nothing to you..but believe me...you are like a waking living photographer of my childhood!

Hi Ron,

Nice shot of that little guy, and I do mean guy, if it's a small plant, as all the small ones have male flowers. As they age and grow larger, they change to female. If growing conditions deteriorate and they go back to being small, they change back to male again.

They're abundant in the woods near my house, one of my favorites too. We also have a close relative of that one, Green Dragon, Arisaema dracontium, another favorite of mine. I like the Arums in general, Skunk Cabbage being another relative of Jack in the Pulpit that grows here that I like.


Hi Ron,
Both God (with the plant) and yourself (with the image) made good work. Very spectacular image, which immediately reminded me to the Eurasian Arum species (A. maculatum is the most common), due to the flower structure. And after making a search on your species on the net - voila, it also belongs to the Araceae family. Photographically, simple yet effective composition with great DoF, quite suggestive. Congratulations and thanks for again teaching something new to me.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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