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Alpine Toadflax

Alpine Toadflax
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-17
Categories: Flowers
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100, Cokin 58mm close-up +4
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swisss Trip, Flower(purple/violet)III, Alpine flowers, My Purple Obsession 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-22 11:15
Viewed: 6606
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well folks this is the last post from Swiss soil as we head back home to the UK tomorrow early. The folks here have made us very welcome and it has been a great time, thanks to all for making it so good here, its been great fun.
The image is the 1st of several true alpine plants I captured from the vast number we saw, I had to be slightly selective because of the limited space on the memory cards and so are not TN allowable material of friends and family, not even the one with the hughe snow covered mountain behind us to prove we got above the snow line as all the family are on it ;0))).

Alpine Toad-flax (Linaria alpina) a member of the figwort family (Scrophulariaceae) which includes things like the common garden flower the Snapdragon (Antirrhinum) which maybe you can see the family resemblance here?. It is a very low sprawling plant, growing on screes and loose gravel rock in river beds as this one was at the top end of the valley at over 1550m, and as this flower likes between 1500 and 3800m it is seen here at the bottom end of its range. the spur behind the right hand flower is only 8 - 10mm long and gives you an idea of how small this plant is. My book classes it an Annual / perennial, I presume in the right conditions it can carry onto the next year, but in most places it survives on the seed it leaves behind each year to survive the winter cold and wet especially those in river bed which probably get washed away in spring thaws.

You reach this beautiful high valley only by post-bus from the town of Flims and is really only a Gasthof (at which the food and drink are of the best order) and a few traditional Swiss farm houses spread out over the broad flat bottomed valley, of course with the obligatory cows mit bells (Clonk - clonk).
Now a small warning beware the small but inviting glaciers on the high sheltered side of the valley small they maybe but treat with respect they still hide crevasses, I know I found one, and nearly smashed the camera saving my self, but as you can see from this one a lens full of snowy ice and rock dust did not do much damage to it as I took this an hour later, Me you ask , well a couple of cuts to the leg (Minor) more a bruised ego.
Adjustments .
the light was metered off the very pale rock to the right as it was so bright.
some S&H
I flipped the image horizontally as I thought it looked better that way IMO?
sharpen Via Lab colour >channels > lightness >usm >and back to RGB
Hope you like too.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-06-22 16:06]

Beautiful flowers. Good colours and composition. Good note, too. Well done. I like it.

Very mice macro. Did u use flash ?

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-06-23 1:03]

Perfect detail of the interesting flower. Very nice composition and colors.

Wonderful combination of colours. It looks great against the grey of the stone. Tack sharp, good light and clarity. Nice work. Thanks.

Excellent capture Robert of this tiny alpine gem..Superb colors - I like it very much! It sounds like you're having a great time of it..Have a safe trip home. Well done!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-24 3:29]

Beautiful & interesting composition for this nice alps flowers in rocks ! Good colors and details ! You are lucky, I never see this flowers :(
Thanks for sharing Robert.

Woooh...It's a nice colourful shot.
I like to have this beautiful flowers in my garden.

Strange looking flowers, vivid purple and very attractive. Nice composition.

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  • Ina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 6 N: 101] (767)
  • [2005-06-25 18:28]

Fantastic colors, light and composition... I very much like the strong colors of the flowers on the grey rocks...TFS...Ina...

Beautiful flower, I love those alpine flowers, one of the best parts of hiking in the mountains I think. The colors are so bright and vivid, the rocks are sharp and a nice smokey contrast to the color of the leaves. Very nice, I like it, well done.

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