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Beautiful Invasion

Beautiful Invasion
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-03
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-18 15:46
Viewed: 4100
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the things I loved about my recent visit to the UK was the bluebells, We don't have great patches of them here in Canada. So I took a few landscape shots of them as well as a few closeups.

But I discovered that most of the bluebells that I saw were not in fact native at all. The vast majority of them are Spanish Bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica), with a more erect nature than the native bluebell, larger, paler blooms and almost no scent at all. It seems that these two flowers hybridize easily and produce a vigorous seed that is taking over the space commonly inhabited by the native plants, this slowly forcing them out.

Tech: Captured (handheld) in raw, adjusted levels, contrasts and colour saturation in raw, converted to jpg without cropping, resized, sharpened edges and signed

Thanks for looking and for all your kind critiques, suggestions and workshops. Have a beautiful weekend

eqshannon, jeanpaul, Janice, marhowie, Royaldevon, Alex99, Argus, nirmalroberts, shelbeesmom, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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Good image, most of the Bluebells where I live are under a lot of shade from the tree storeys.. so, this is a refreshing look at this lovely plant.. tfs, regards h

Nice image Silke..Simple and soft....gives an aura.

Hi Silke
Belle et intéressante composition photographique bien réalisée pour ce superbe champ de jolies fleurs. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-07-18 18:50]

This is what I'd love to see in NZ.
What a wonderful coloured carpet it is,
TFS, and good to see you back Silke

hello silke,
fine capture, well seen and well presented, these blue bell look very beautiful spreading between the green plants, nice composition,
tfs & regards

Hello Silke,
A pleasant capture with nice color, exposure, and depth.
Well done,

Hello, My Friend,

Nice to see you posting again!
I just love 'bluebell time'! The weather is usually warm, it beckons summer and it reminds me of happy, childhood days of walks with the family and romps with my brothers!

This scene conjures up all those memories.
The main trees are perfectly placed and are surrounded by a carpet of blue, interspaced by soft greens.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-19 9:54]

Hi Silke.
It is very nice that you are here again. Nice scene, which give the idea about this cute place. I like delicate lighting an colour palette, impressive framing and excellent details of the scene. My kind wishes and TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-19 13:24]

Hello Silke,
Yes this is how I remember Bluebells when I lived in England: carpeting the floor of the woods in May, which you have captured as if it were a painting in a nice composition with the tree trunks: all you need is the scent...
TFS this beauty,

Hi Silke,
Great carpet of lovely purple flowers. Thanks for sharing.
- Nirmal

Unfortunately, such sights are fast vanishing due to indiscriminate urbanisation.

Another photo that has me breathing heavy with jealousy that I don't see this where I am..you have hidden talents my dear... who are you trying to impress over here? Who cares for you more than we do? (please provide a written list).. B-)... Just amazing color, very pleasing shot, with greens and blues being so nice on the eyes. Excellent work.. so happy I just "happened" by on this site..

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2008-07-24 23:18]

Que la nature est généreuse.
Bonne journée.

Dear Silke,
beautiful invasion, indeed.
I like the soft light creating a gentle fairy tale feeling of spring. We do not have those bluebells in the centre of Europe where there is a more continental climate.
Interesting to read those facts about invasion and hybridization. It seems that in Old Europe we are much less concerned about so called "invasive plants" - maybe we shoud have an eye on it.
Good to see your postings again. Hope you are recovering well, and doing fine. With thanks, and all my best wishes to you.

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