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Lapland Lousewort

Lapland Lousewort
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-02
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-20 4:05
Viewed: 3981
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When I posted the Moor-king recently I said that I would show images of two more northern Pedicularis species.

This is the Lapland Lousewort (Pedicularis lapponica). Like the Lapland Bunting in my previous posting it is circumpolar and has about the same arctic and sub-arctic distribution. It has the same name in N. America.

It is found in damp sandy or peaty soils and the flowers are quite striking against the surrounding darker low vegetation. The light, creamy-coloured flowers are the only arctic species of Lousewort flowers that lack red or pink. This perennial is most common above the tree-line and in tundra areas and it flowers in July and August.

I took this with my camera hand held while trying to approach a Lapland Bunting that flew off. It was a way of venting my frustration. After a little cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened.

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very nice pic, great light, TFS Ori

Now that name is a mouthful Ivan. A tongue twister. I have often wondered about "Lapland", as to more information due to my wife's direct heritage from Finland. Her grandmother and grandfather came over to the US, so Jane is 2nd generation. And she speaks Finnish well!
You have a hard subject to image there. Dark stem pieces and off-white flowers. You managed to get the whites with fairly good exposure. In fact the concentration for me is more on the stems/branches. Their colours are intriguing both in pattern and deeper colours. The information and image are quite new to me, so at least on this side it is a fine lesson...and as per usual, I pass along thanks to you and your lovely wife for all of your super contributions such as this!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-20 5:46]

Hello Neighbour,
Very beautiful photo in great light and contrasting colours. Excellent composition.
Have a nice Sunday,

Ciao Ivan,
bellissima composizione con i fiori, ottimo POV con la prospettiva diagonale, mi piace moltissimo questa miscellanea di fantastici colori.
Grazie e complimenti.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-07-20 8:34]

Hi Ivan wonderful shot of these beautiful flowers with great details. TFS. Greetings,

Hello Ivan
If this picture was taken in frustration then maybe you should try and get a little more frustrated at times!!..I will even try this technique myself!!
The details are perfectly sharp and clear on the Lapland Lousewort and also show what a fine set up you have in the 400d and 300mm f4 combined with a 1.4 convertor which combined with your eye and photographic skills always produce exemplary captures.
I do hope this capture recieves a little more attention as it richly deserves it.
A good week ahead to you

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-07-20 9:04]

Ho, the beautiful creatures, they look like mini elves! I love the oof row of flowers, leading to the sharp one. I love their pose in the moss, it is amazing how beautiful and unuasual these plants are. Thank you Ivan, it is perfect, technically and artistically.


Hi(=merhaba) my dear (=sevgili) friend (=dost) Ivan:)
A nice subject changing again! Great close up shot of these beautiful flowers. I noticed that you also prefered the shallow DOF to create a 3-D effect in this shot like my applications:) I love this shot. TFS.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-20 10:21]

Hi Ivan,

It is so wonderful to be introduced to these pretty flowers. There are apparently many beautiful plants in Lapland and now way I would see them otherwise. I love the yellow and cream colors and the shapes of the flower - most unusual looking. Colors, details and composition are of your always top quality. They stand out from the blurred background very well.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-20 10:22]

Hi Ivan. A interesting little plant that can live in harsh arears.You show this well with a very low POV. showing the delicate flower with there creaam colours. well done TFS.

Hello Ivan,
A very nice image of these beautiful flowers with great sharpness of the details. Thanks a lot!

Hi Ivan,

great pov and good capture.
You showing these flowers with beatiful colours and great sharpness.
This are really beautiful flowers.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-20 11:13]

Hello Ivan,
very nice capture with a superb composition
Superb detail, and excellent bright colours. Very sharp and clear.
Regards Siggi

Merhaba Ivan,hos bir kompozisyonla güzel sunulmus bir fotograf.Gozun algilamasini istedigin yer hemen kendini belli ediyor.Isik cok iyi,ellerine saglik,selamlar :))

Hello Ivan, splendid macro of these beautiful flowers with great DOF. TFS. Regards,

Hi Ivan, I would like to go see this flower in the wild, peat bogs and wetlands have amazing plants... this is excellent, I think this is better than the bunting!!!!

best regards h

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-20 14:36]

Hi Ivan

Your trip seems to have been really interestin. A lovely capture of this lousewort. Great detail and exposure.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-21 1:14]

Hello Ivan!

Interesting note and observation. Flowers look very good, especially on BG made from other plants. Very nice and interesting picture.

Hi Ivan, elegant flowers composition with great colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-07-21 8:18]

The light in this really makes it special - the flowers seem to have a glow of their own
Superb composition and ideal notes

Hi Ivan,
A nice capture of these beautiful lousewort flowers. Very good light work. Excellent details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Buena disposición del elemento principal por el ángulo empleado. Preciosos colores y buena composición

Hi Ivan,
seeing the beauty next to us is a good way of venting frustration, indeed. I like this look on typical vegetation that reminds me a lot of what I could see in the barren highlands of the Alps at around 2500m above sea level a few days ago, and I also enjoyed looking at all those tiny flowering plants, moss, lichen, fighting against the elements there.
You seem to have enjoyed your trip following Linné's path.
With thanks, and all my best wishes.

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