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Mediterranean Beauty

Mediterranean Beauty
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-29
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-01 11:42
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Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
You may say that is a common shrub in Mediterranean countries… But the first time I saw it, I was surprised by the beauty of this flower. And I remain a fan of this flower… and also of the tasty capers!

Capparis spinosa L, 1753
Family: Capparaceae

Common names: Caper (bush) [En.], Κάππαρη [Kàppari, Gr.], Kebere, Gebere [Tu.], Gabbar [Tu. Cypriot], كبر [Kabar, Ar.], Cappero [It.], Alcaparro [Sp.], Câprier [Fr.]

The caper is a perennial spiny bush that bears rounded, fleshy leaves and big white to pinkish-white flowers. A caper is also the pickled bud of this plant. The bush is native to the Mediterranean region, growing wild on walls or in rocky coastal areas throughout. The plant is best known for the edible bud and fruit (caper berry) which are usually consumed pickled.

The shrubby plant is many-branched, with alternate leaves, thick and shiny, round to ovate in shape. The flowers are complete, sweetly fragrant, showy, with four sepals, and four white to pinkish-white petals, many long violet-colored stamens, and a single stigma usually rising well above the stamens.

It is a common shrub of Mediterranean countries. Its range stretches from the Atlantic coasts of the Canary Islands and Morocco to the Black Sea to the Crimea and Armenia, and eastward to the Caspian Sea and into Iran. It grows in North Africa, Europe, West Asia.
It is cultivated on a large scale in Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Cyprus and North Africa. This evergreen shrub coverts soil surface widely, and produces one of the deepest root systems and has been reported to be fire resistant and good for erosion control.

The salted and pickled caper bud is often used as a seasoning or garnish. Capers are a common ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine, especially Cypriot and Italian. The mature fruit of the caper shrub is also prepared similarly, and marketed as caper berries.

Being a rich source of minerals and vitamins caper buds are essential component of several Mediterranean cuisines. More than 300 tons of the buds per year are consumed locally in Turkey or exported to other countries.

Sakcali M.S., Bahadir H., Ozturk M., Eco-physiology of Capparis spinosa L.: a plant suitable for combating desertification, Biology Dept., Fac. of Sci. & Arts, Fatih University, Buyukcekmece/Ist., Botany Dept., Ege University, Bornova, Izmir, 2008

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-02-01 11:49]

Hello Catherine.

A great capture you show us here of this beautiful butterfly.
I don't find it common, the colors, the sharpness and the POV you have taken it is very nice.
Thank you for sharing it.

Gr. Hans

hello Catherine
this is a super picture
great details and very nice light
beautiful colours
remember my on the Holiday,s have you already book?
greeting lou

Hello Catherine,
Lovely flower with superb colours and very good details.
Nice composition and very sharp image.

Hi Catherine.

This time you share with us an economical importanted plant for my country. This plant grows up all sea sides of west-Anatolia from Adana to Istanbul. You mentionet it in Turkis as "Gebere". This is southern anatolian dialect. In the part of northern Turkey people (me too) say as "kebere". Some people prepare very a tasteful pickle from its fruit. When I was a young boy, my mother was alive, she asked me every summer, to go near beach and collect caper fruits to pickle. After she went to Paradise, we have been forgotten this taste... Your photo let me remember my dear mother and this lovly food. Thanks a lot.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-01 12:22]

Hi Catherine,
Very beautiful close up.Well caught,framed and composed.POV,details,visual impact and natural colors are wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

Hi Catherine,
I think your decision to use f/16 was brilliant because doing so you allowed us to see the whole flower in focus, in all its beauty.
Another thing I like about this photo is the warm tones; they have a very soothing effect.
Excellent shot!

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-02-01 12:57]

Hello Catherine, excellent close-up shot of a capparis flower with nice details and composition.
TFS and G's,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-01 13:28]

this splendid Mediterranean beauty!
POV magnificent with an exceptional BG and a top player.
Simply magnificent.
Have a wonderful evening,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-02-01 15:03]

Salut Catherine...mais quelle qualite' ce souvenire de ta ete' greque! La prise da vue a ete' decisive pour batir une tres belle composition,merveilleuses les couleurs et excellents details aussi.Mes compliments et bon Mardi,LUCIANO

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-02-01 15:18]

Hi Catherine,

This truly is a beautiful flower. You captured it perfectly and from a wonderful perspective. The lighting, colors and details are all sensational. Wonderful notes - I never knew where capers came from.


Wowww... a really Mediterranean beuty indeed Catherine. As indicated in your notes we use "Gabbar" name for it in Cyprus and its buds and cucumbers are also especially preparing with salt and vinegar (pickling) as an appetizer for our traditional table spread for drinking parties:)
Thanks for this reminding:)
Anyway, you captured this beautiful plant's flowers in delightful composition with great clarity and flawless details. Well done MF!
TFS and have a nice day!


Hi Catherine.
Nice image of this wonderful flower.
Good details and colors.Well done.
Best greetings.Alin.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-02-02 5:18]

Very interesting flower with so much natural history, well captured. tfs.

Ciao Catherine. Just an handsome refined compo in superb details and fantastic playing of light.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-02-02 12:22]

Hello Catherine,
So this is what the caper bush flower looks like!
It is a superb capture taken from a great POV with excellent sharpness, DOF, colours and composition in superb lighting.
Next time I eat a caper i shall know what the flower looks like!
Thanks and kind regards,

Bonjour Catherine,
Très bonne composition dans ce cadrage serré et sous un enxcellent angle de prise de vue permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails avec une remarquable maitrise de la lumière fait resplendir les couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

I like this species very much, its purple color of stamens... and the taste of fruits of course. Nice snapped composition.


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