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My 1st birthday - it's Purple of course

My 1st birthday - it's Purple of course
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-23
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-01-05 8:17
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Points: 96
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hilliard's spurflower - Plectranthus hilliardiae

Today, a year ago, I joined Trek Nature. Never in my wildest dreams, had I expected this hobby to become such a passion and part of my life. Trek Nature has been an exciting adventure and an incredible learning experience, but I would not have been able to achieve any of this if it was not for Loot's incredible knowledge in the technical aspects of photography, his encouragement and the love he has for nature that rubbed off on me.

I want to thank each and everyone, whom joined in to make this an educational, unforgettable and pleasant journey thus far. I have made wonderful friends, and it is a pity we stay miles apart as I would love to have the opportunity to meet you all in person and share some of your photographic spots with you.

I want to thank all of you who selected me as a favourite or dedicated a special image to me. Both these actions will always be considered as one of the special moments on this unbelievable site. There are many members whom I miss and would love to see around again. What happened to Skyf, Lizzie, jcoowanitwong, Pablominto, earthtraveler, marieproue, jmp and many more? I miss your presence on the site.

It would not be fair to mention certain names but flash backs of interactions with many of you come to mind, and if I could I would have mentioned them one by one, but due to space and time, I’ll limit them to only a few: Gert Ellstrom (ellis49) that constantly urges me please keep Loot out of the dog box. Narayanan Ganesan.(gannu) that showed compassion and concern when I was ill. Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) who is always helpful in translating those comments from Turkish members, which I obviously couldn't understand. Markus Peissard (heaven) whom I know read my notes with attentiveness. Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) that sings me considerably more praises that I really deserve. Tony Ho (gracious) that always send hugs from his country and Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) that remembered my love for the colour purple and dedicated a purple dragonfly to me, which was very special. I think I’ll rather stop it here as the trip down memory lane will not come to an end if I continue in this vein.

Returning to the colour purple, I think many of you have come to know that I love this fabulous colour. No matter if the tint is violet, lilac, lavender, periwinkle, grape, plum or mauve. Any shade of purple makes me ecstatic. I think my second name very easily could have been purple. I know there are people out there that is chocoholics and I think I am a purpleoholic (did I invent a new word?). I am just so passionate about it, even my kitchen is decked in various shades of purple. Luckily I have not lost my marbles as yet and dyed my hair purple, but come to think of it, a purple camera would be very flashy. If you really want to spoil me, place an image with something purple in it. I would love it to bits.

Let me be serious for a bit. Long before my first birthday celebration came closer, I knew I would love to place an image with my favourite colour as part of it. I also have a great attraction to an image of a flower that includes an unopened bud or semi opened flower. In my personal opinion it just adds that little extra oomph to the photograph. A combination of the two would have been wonderful, and my eyes were working overtime in search of this specific image I had in mind. I knew when I laid my eyes on it; it would be the right one. It was difficult as the flowers I photographed just did not have that special character, until I found these glorious flowers in a variety of shades of purple, and to place the cherry on top – it also had some unopened buds. What a pleasurable sight and exactly what I was looking for. Mission accomplished.

Just a last word or two. It is said that the colour purple is associated with royalty and is often well liked by very creative or eccentric types. It is also said that the colour purple uplifts, represents courage, calms the mind and nerves, and encourages creativity.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-05 8:39]

Happy birthday Anna:)
These are very beautiful flowers and you caught them very well.Colors,exposure,large DOF,3D effect and composition are perfect.
Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

Hi Anna
Wow, where has the time gone....so many wonderful photographs! Thanks for sharing your part of the world on TrekNature this past year. I too, love your choice of colour and flower to celebrate the day. What I would do to see a flower growing right now. I have a 30 cm of snow around the house right now.
Season's Greeting and Best Wishes in 2009.

Hello Anna !
I can't belived on year has passed since you joined and posted your wonderful first picture ! You have become such an important member on TN, in such a short time - not only for your picture, but also for your hearty notes and your very kind comments ! I also want to say that I also miss the mebers you have mentioned in your notes, they were friends even if me never me them "in real". As for your picture, I had to smile - I know how much you love the purple colors, and I'm happy you found those beauties to photograph. It's always a pleasure to look at your pictures.
Warm greetings from France !

Hi Anna,
CONGRATULATION on completing 1 year here on TN. A lovely capture of this beautiful flower to celebrate it. Superb details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Anna,
I know women lie about their age, but just to be 1 year old? That is a tall feat to want everyone to believe---LOL...
Now, my question is, are you eccentric, or royalty, or just one talented artist with a camera and a prolific writer?
This flower has many beautiful features, the soft line, the deep hues, and the mottled pattern, they all attribute to a beautiful image captured from your camera's lens.
Congrat's on your 1st, and keep up the great posts. I also enjoy reading your notes, they do tell of your personnality and passion for what you see and do...

Happy first Treknature birthday, Anna. Your photography has grown so much in the past year, and this lovely phoyo just goes to prove it!
Once again, well done, I wish you many more years of great photography

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-05 10:38]

Hello Anna, wonderful close-up shot of these beautiful purple flowers. Congrats on your 1st year too.
TFS and regards,

hello Anna

happy birthday with your 1 year on TN
great picture
thanks for sharing

greeting lou

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-05 11:26]

Hi Anna . Firstly congratulations on your 1st year on TN. I can tell from the way you write how much you get from this site. I have found that it has changed the way i look at my pictures and nature .
You have chosen a bright flower with rich colours that go with your nature i belive . well taken , TFS.

Ohhhh.. what a beauty Anna? superb macro capture of this purple and also congratulation on your TN anniversary:) İ think we started almost same days to TN:) The DOF realy superb, crating a 3-D effect.
Thanks for all and cheers,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-05 11:57]

Hello Anna,
Congratulations with your first birthday. I understand your feelings totally. For me TN is also a passion and a part of my life. Your photos and notes are amazing this first year. And I hope for many more.
Fantastic photo in splendid colours and razor sharp. Perfect DOF and a very beautiful composition.

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2009-01-05 13:09]

Olá Anna,
Uma foto de qualidade muito boa exelente trabalhos com as cores dando um toque especial na moldura parabéns por esta magnífica imagem.

Hello Anna,
Congratulations on you first year on TN. You have been a valuable contributor to this site and I sincerely hope that you will continue to be so.
A stunning image of a wild purple flower that I have never seen in real life and can not exactly imagine what it looks like in normal lighting.
However I feel that your love of purple may have affected the colour balance here and that it is a tad oversaturated. I have found that in taking a picture of a spring purple flower, the Blue hepatica I had to reduce the exposure as well as saturation to get it right. Somehow bright colours seem to make digital cameras over-react.
I have taken a chance with the WS to see what you think. If you disagree I would not be offended.
Thanks and best wishes,

Hi Anna,
Exceptional colors and contrast of this Plectranthus hilliardiae, beautiful purple flowers, excellent shot & POV.
Best Regards, Ferran

hello Anna
Congratulatin for your first year on TN
This purple flowers are soooo beautiful, i like her shape and her color. this picture is a pleasure for the eyes

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-01-05 16:51]

Hi Anna,nothing better to celebrate this great anniversary! Unfortunely i have nothing in purple to give you as a gift,here all is frozen....accept just my best compliments for this very great macro,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Anna,
congratulations on the occasion of your year anniversary,me I just on Saturday past marked my second one here on TN.I can see why the colour purple appeals to you as it does look nice,in fact sort of regal even.The composition is good as it is balanced nicely in the frame and of course the colour as well the only thing that has me wondering is did you over sharpen the image in post production as it has that feel to it somehow.A fine note and lovely photo to have shared with us all.Well here's hoping that you and Loot have a great new year ahead and can get even more photos of this wonderful natural world of ours,all the best. Bob

Hello Anna, beautiful flower and perfect shot. Congrats on your first year on TN.
TFS and regards,

Hi Anna, excellent close-up shot of this purple beauty. Also congratulation on your first year on TN.

Hi Miss Piggy,
congrats for your first year on TN, it have been a pleasure
to have you around. You are an estimated member with great and decent comments all written with good sense of humour.
And your own postings are very good and nice to view.
Only one think, you have to let Loot out of the DB more often during 2009. ;-)
About the picture; it well composed with lovely colours and good details. I like the DOF too, the plant standout well from the BG.
Well done, my friend.
Best Regards


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-01-06 1:46]

Happy Anniversary Anna
And isn't amazing what a difference the digital camera has made??
It is a very special colour and the flowers are quite lovely.
And you have quite a following here as you have a wonderful way with words and the 'pen'.
It is a pleasure to have met you Anna

Happy birthday Anna, congratulations for your first year on TN and thanks for all your splendid photo.
Fantastic flowers with wonderful colors, perfect focus, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-06 3:49]

Hi, dear Anna.
Time flies very quickly. You are with us here whole year. I cannot imagine TN without you and I cannot imagine my photography life without your unique shots, tremendous notes and heartfelt comments. My warm congratulations and wishes to be here always. Charming picture of beautiful flowers. I have never seen this species. Very suitable for this touching event.

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-01-06 4:26]

Hello Anna,

This is a lovely presentation of these beautiful flowers. The composition, POV, colors, details are all sopt on. Excellent focusing and lighting. Congratulations on completeing 1 year in TN and all the best, looking forward to see more lovely pictures from you Anna. TFS.


beautiful flour and lovely capture ,
beautiful colours and details , good light and sharp,

Dear Anna,
Congrats & many happy returns of 365 days+ on TN now. Beuatiful capture of these Hilliard's spurflower, stunning colors & details. TFS.
PS: Blue happens to be my favorite color too.

Congratulations on your first anniversary on TN, Anna!
You have done great in the past one year as a nature photographer and as a member of TN. I am referring to the humane aspect of your basically compassionate nature.
These purple flowers suit the occasion admirably well. The picture exudes happiness and warmth.
I too feel unhappy about some very gifted nature photographers who decided to quit TN. My list of them is longer than yours :)!
Warm regards and wishing you all the best in your second year on TN.

Ciao Anna,
congratulazioni per questo tuo primo anno su TN, in cui ci hai regalato delle meravigliose immagini sempre supportate da interessanti considerazioni personali e da informazioni dettagliate ed accurate sulla specie, ti ringrazio anche per i tuoi benevoli, arguti ed appropriati commenti; bellissima immagine dai vividi colori e dalla superba definizione; rinnovo l'augurio di un Felice 2009 a te e ai tuoi familiari ed un'altro anno su TN ricco di fantastiche immagini.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-06 7:05]

Hello Anna,
Congratulations on your first anniversary and you've chosen to celebrate the day with some lovely bright purple spurflowers. I expect they're really very tiny like Lavender flowers? They have a lovely pattern on the petals and I'd guess this is the first time they're shown on TN. Well done and keep up the good work!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-06 9:12]

Helo Anna,

Congratulations for the first year on TN. I wish you many more to come and lot of fine photos like those you have posted till now.
It is a very nice photo you have chosen for celebrating your firs year. There are wonderful colors and a rechness of color tones on the flowers you have shown so well. Moreover the purple of the flowers are creating a fine contrast with the green leaves in the background.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Anna,
Thank you for being with us and much appreciated for the wonderful works that shared!
Lovely image to celebrate this great occasion!
sincerely wishing you and Loot,
the best of everything in the year of 2009
greeting from NZ

  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 11] (54)
  • [2009-01-07 3:07]

hello Anna

It feels good to be 1 year old, right? How nice to be young again, from the age of 40? maybe to become 1 year old!

And imagine how much photography work can a 1-year-old girl do on TN!

LOL you will be thrilled I know, but I still have to pay compliments to you for doing good work here and become very active, and being influenced by a husband for that cause.

Purple color...reminds me of Deep Purple and Purple Rain :) but I like the WS.

I also have to praise you for the nice notes written on this milestone and I know this time :) I wont be wrongfully said to mark it as useful. A good feeling expressed outright. Good to share such a moment of truth. Keeping forward.

tfs, bill

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-07 14:42]

Hi Anna,
Happy TN Birthday!!! :-))
Very nice shot of these purple flowers!
Excellent composition.
Superb DOF.
Very well exposed.

Great work as per usual!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-07 17:38]

Happy Anniversary Anna,
This is a splendid image to celebrate with, the colors are vivid and the composition with the closed blossums is wonderful. May you and Loot both continue for many more years to coming showing us the beauty that is South Africa. Thank you Anna.

Hello Anna

Vivid,vibrant and visual.
This is a striking image you present us to celebrate your day.
Lovely detail and sharpness.
The frame is well filled with this delight.
Excellent DOF and POV.
Here is to many more years.


Happy Birthday Dear Anna and my heartfelt wishes fr many more to come...:)
May you and your photography always bloom in full as these purple flowers.
Beautiful picture with good POV, DOF and sharpness.Good colours and contrasts.
I didn't know that you are so assionate about purple colour. Purple camera? Not bad, we should ask Nikon or Canon to come out with SLRs in that colour.:) And next time I see any flower n purple colour, I will shoot it and dedicate it to you because it is only now that I realised the way to this Lady's heart is through purle colour.:))
Regards and wish you the very best from the bottom of my heart,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-08 11:17]
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Dear Lady Purple,
I have read all of your notes and i see hues of purple all over not just on the monitor but infront of my eyes i feel a ribbon of purple floating around...whooshing through the air ...sometimes fluid...sometimes in droplets...am I imagining?....of course...thanks to your extensive purple obsession commentary....

Anna, am delighted for you as you complete one year on TN. It is special for me as i found a wonderful friend in you and most of all i enjoyed looking at your pictures and loved reading to the last word of your well prepared notes. South Africa is far away for me but you brought the country closer in a simple fashion...i love the excitement that you automatically generate and transfer in each of your posts and that for me makes the ultimate grand feeling...the joy and fun of getting a good shot with a P&S and being able to proudly share it with your friends.
This "Purple Obsession Post"(POP) is rich and humming with life and I like it for its bold expression and rich colours.I love the little buds a wee bit more for they hold promises of tomorrows to come..
Thank you so much for being here..It's a pleasure to be on your favourites list because you are one of the wonderful persons I have become friends with who share the photography flu ..
Please accept all of my best wishes for many more years of TNing and good friendship...

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-01-09 11:44]

Hi Anna,
a beautiful bouquet you share with us here! Lovely sharp, crisp detail and of course, they are purple! You make a great contribution to TN, long may it continue.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2009-01-10 11:40]

Hello Anna , Wonderful capture beauty colours , And Congratulation with your 1 st year ,Greetings Teunie .

Hi Anna & Happy Anniversary. Time flies when you're having fun hey :)
Beautiful purple colors with great exposure. The flower stands out well in the frame also.
The color purple represents royalty as you say, and you will always be royalty in my book. Your thoughtful comments are always appreciated.
You take the time to look "into" an image..Loot has definitely rubbed off ;}

Hi Anna,
happy anniversery.
That does remind me of the song from Fairport Convention with Sandy Denny Who knows where the the time goes.
You celebrate this with a great flower shot.
beautiful colours and pov.


Hola Anna: aunque me da la impresión de que el color esté algo saturado, lo que es indiscutible es la belleza del color y de los contrastes en esta toma. Un fotografía muy impactante y un juego al límite con la luz. Un interesante trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-12 2:29]

Hi Anna,
your notes are really interesting and exciting especially when you mentioned the names. Indeed these people are very excellent in their own ways. You too is one of them. the words you wrote are very encouraging and motivating. Thanks for what you wrote about my Apple snail eggs. I could feel it very much. Thanks again.
As for the purple flowers, yes it is lovely and unique too. To me its patterns and texture is very pleasant and very pretty.
Beautiful composition in sharpness and clarity.


Dear Anna
Hettie asked that I make a special mention on this one as she loves it very much.
Yet another awesome photo from your hand and lens. You have chosen such a gorgeous flower as your birthday photo and we both can understand why you choose this one. It has a lot of beautiful details not to mentions the variation of colours and blotches. Well done on the outstanding choice of photograph, well done on your first birthday, well done for the great photography and well done for the great note.
Warmest regards
Aaltjie & Hettie

Hi Anna,
oooohhh, I missed your birthday ...
I'm glad you joined here and I had the chance to meet you and look at your wonderful shots.
This flower is beautiful - that's also my colour! Purple, blue, violet - flowers in this colour are always wonderful.
Thanks for this one, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Bonjour Anna,
Félicitations pour la performance et pour cette macro à la coloration très originale.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Anna - Jy is baie bevoorreg om die skepping so te kan vasvang op foto!! Jy is ook baie bevorreg om Loot te he wat jou hierdeur help om jou lewe lekker vol te kan maak!

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-20 1:37]

Hello Anna,
Thanks for your asking me to read it. Infact I was just going thorugh the gallery and saw this picture but did not read through inside. I thought I should start giving comments from today onwards and leave those behind. But did not realise that the note is filled with so much love/affection and emotion. Anna, you see I indian are very emotional people and I am always attach myself ( Atleast I am for sure and not sure about entire India). Purple is my favourite color and the composition makes this picture a truly deserving One year. I am sure sometime somewhere I will see you both or you will land in to India. In anyway you are always loved and will be kept inside our heart. Ganesh

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  • Helio Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 44 W: 0 N: 16] (533)
  • [2009-07-16 4:12]

It´s so wonderful, congratulations.

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