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Beautifull Killer

Beautifull Killer
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 5) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-22 3:46
Viewed: 5715
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was walking in The Garden and looking for Datura for Steve [maybe you remember my post with Datura and our discussion about this dangerous plant]. I found Datura, but near it I found something extremally interesting - Belladonna. Beautifull Lady [from Italian] with great need to kill ;-)

BLACK NIGHTSHADE (Atropa belladonna)

Atropa Belladonna (black or deadly nightshade) is a perennial shrub that grows up to 4,5 feet tall with oval leaves, greenish purple flowers and black globular berries. The plant is native to Europe. Atropa belladonna is well known for it's deliriant and toxic effects. In ancient Greece an extract of the 'Belladonna' plant was frequently used by woman to enlarge the pupils and it is believed to be be of the main ingredients of the hallucinogenic brews of mediaeval Europe.
Atropa belladonna is used for centuries as a treatment for asthma and hay fever because it possesses antispasmodic properties.

The active constituents in Atropa belladonna are atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine. The same alkaloids are also extracted from Henbane (hyoscyamus niger), Thorn apple (Datura stramonium) and Brugmansia species. In the leaves of the Atropa belladonna the alkaloid contents were reported to be 0,4% in the leaves, 0,5% in the roots and 0,8% in the seeds.

Atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine interfere with the acetylcholine transference in the synapses. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter of the parasympathetic nervous system. These substances don't prevent the liberation of the neurotransmitter but merely block the receptor sites. This blocking action prevents specific acetylcholine binding to appropriate receptors. Atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine increase parasympathetic activity. they produce Sleep EEG patterns and abolish the awakening effect (ß-waves), decrease heart rate, stimulate salivary glands, etc. Atropine is an acetylcholine antagonist, it reverses it's effects completely.

Atropine counteracts the effects of cholinesterase-inhibitors. Nerve gasses, like sarin, and some organic insecticides (alkylphosphates: malathion, parathion, etc ) inhibit cholinesterases.

Cholinesterase is an enzyme that inactivates acetylcholine molecules at the synapses. The enzyme inactivates the neurotransmitter by splitting it into choline and acetic acid. Inhibition of these cholinesterases, resulting in accumulation of acetylcholine in the nervous system, is quit toxic, because it will paralyse breathing apparatus. Atropine reverses the esterase inhibitors effects by preventing specific acetylcholine binding to the receptor sites, producing synaptic depression, thus neutralizing the toxic effects of anticholinesterases.

Text by Henk van Velthooven from great site:

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What a pretty flower!
I know it is dangerous but looks so elegance and so nobly! Just like you sometimes ;-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-22 4:12]

I agree with Joanna, this is an elegant flower, but as you say, so dangerous. Nice and sharp Greg, showing it all so clearly. The flower colour is definitely unusual, not a pretty one, but well shown, thank you.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-22 4:15]

Hello Greg!
Very nice flower.Colors,lighting,framing and composition are excellent.Thanks for sharing.

Interesting post Greg,
Excellent detail, colours, sharpness and POV.
Well composed and exposed.
Well captured, thanks for posting

Hi Greg, that's a very nice flower. ;-) Great detail, colours, sharpness and POV. I like your work and note.

Good shot Greg. The shape and colour is fantastic. Excellent clarity and sharpness. Who would think someting so pretty can be so harmful. Good work. Thanks.

It's so nice you posted it here.
Good descriptive photo with nice light.
I like your very helpful note supplied with.

witaj:) ogrodek to naprawde fajne miejsce:) mozna szukac i zawsze cos pieknego sie znajdzie:) tak jak to zdjecie:) gratuluje:)


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-22 6:45]


This is really marvelous. Good details, very well exposed and wonderful colors. Composition and POV are fantastic. Well done & TFS!


Hello Greg!
Very nice flower,it's new to me.Detrails,colors,DOF and composition are perfect as always.Thanks for sharing.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-22 10:13]

Grzegorz, great title, amazing picture. The impact is very nice.

Excellent composition and sharpness; pov is perfect too.


Beautiful flower, Greg.
Beautiful and dangerous. Goo details, nice colours and well composed.
Very well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-06-22 13:25]

very interesting stuf Grzegorz ,
I like the good photo, the soft colours, very nice in pov, very good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-06-22 15:54]

Grzegorzu, ¶wietnie pokazany kwiat datury. Miałem białe na działce ale w tym roku wykasowane. Technika bezbłędna oczywi¶cie.
Pozdr. Al.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-22 16:18]

Excellent capture and composition. Well done on the presentation, very interesting.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-22 16:20]

Hi Greg, nice shot. I've heard of this plant but I am not familiar with it. It's a very interesting colour, it doesn't look inviting. Nice composition and good details, well done.

Is it a nice flower? Looks like a dead flower to me, but then I read your note and yes my eyes are opened! Very good capture of this deadly nightshade Grzegorz. Excellent read, very well done.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-06-22 18:09]

What a pretty and dangerous flower! I agree with Joanna... Good details, sharpness and colours... well done Greg... Thanks for sharing....

Greg, Very interesting flower and notes. Unique coloration..Great details & DOF in your macro - Very well done!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-25 5:53]

Beautiful and interesting close-up for this superb dark flower ! Good colors, DOF and details ! Thanks for sharing Grzegorz.

Greg, I lost some of you shots, I find this flower very beautiful the colours are amazing, very good capture.
Great informative note too, thanks for sharing.

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