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Eryngium alpinum

Eryngium alpinum
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-21
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon IXUS 400, Canon 36-108mm équiv
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wildflowers of the World, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 1, Alpine flowers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-26 5:05
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Alpine Sea Holly – Scientific name : Eryngium alpinum – Family : Apiaceae.
Description : This species, blue metallized or purplished, is rather rare and it is protected. One finds it in the Jura and the Alps where it pushes in the rocky lawns. The leaves are deeply cut out in segments bordered of weak spines. Height from 30 to 60cm. Flowering from July to September. Altitude from 1000 up to 2500m.
Photo : Resized and framed in 800x600 for TN.
I sought this rare flower for a long time, now I am happy to share it with you and I hope you appreciate its beauty…

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Hello Christian

What a delicate shade of lilac. Stunning shape to the leaves. It stands out nicely against the BG. The light is excellent. Congrats on an overall outstanding shot. Thanks.

Hey there Christian,

Thats a nasty looking, but very well represented. Well done. TFS

Hi Chrisitian!
Very artistic. PERFECT shot of beauty! Nothiong to add.

Superbe ce Chardon bleu, une très belle couleur.
Bonne gestion de la PDC avec un agréable fond vert qui fait bien ressortir les couleurs du chardon.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-26 6:03]

Oh Taz, what a beauty. I have seen these before and they come in quite a few shapes and colours. Wonderful shot, nice and sharp and good colours and details. It looks so good against the BG. Well done.

Hi Christian,
Excellent image, great colour, nice green background, very good composed.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-26 6:38]

Superb plant Christian! It remainds me childhood - my mother always made bouquets from these beautifull, dried plants. Excellent colours and details, same as composition.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-26 7:06]

Razorsharp details and great color, Christian. This is a lovely composition. In an ideal world the purple leaves in the bottom wouldn't be there. Fantastic bg. Well done & TFS!


A great shot Christian, although I'm not sure about the central compsotion.
Excellent detail. You have captured the colour really well.
Thanks for posting.
This was my main flower at our wedding.

Hello Christian. Very interesting plant. Colorful photo, good sharpness and details. Well done.

Hello Christian!
Excellent close up.Colors,DOF,BG,POV and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Salut Christian
Tu as encore fait de la grimpette, cela en valait la peine, tres belle fleur, et superbe couleurs
Amicalement Christophe

Excellent light, colors and details Taz! Well composed, Very well done!!

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-07-26 9:06]

Great image Christian. Magnificent contrast of colours, sharp details, and very good light on the thistle. I love those Eryngiums with their blueish colouring.
Well done.

I love the shot Christian,
that purple is fantastic, the composition is very nice, the details are good, the pov is good and the dof is yes it's also great, 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)
  • [2005-07-26 9:44]

Hi Christian,
very good picture. I like it alpine. Good sharpness, DOF and colours. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-26 9:59]

Excelent sharpness and definition on this complicated photo!
5* photo!

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-07-26 10:00]

Hi Christian!
Wonderful flower shot.Colors,depth of field and colors are very nice.Thanks for posting.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-07-26 11:23]

A very nice shot Christian,
Great colours,sharp detail and excellent DOF.
Superb,well done.


I'm glad you've found this beauty and take such good shot. It looks great, details are perfect and so is the composition.
I like it very much.

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  • Midi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 24 N: 183] (2418)
  • [2005-07-26 13:40]

C'est du grand ART, magnifiques couleurs et excellente netteté.

Christian, your alpine flower gallery is getting off the limits! You can use most of them as a post cards, they are really beautiful. Excellent DOF, sharpness, colours... great collection my friend. Congrats.

Hi Christian,
great picture of a flower, very sharp and clear. Good job and thank you for sharing.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-26 16:19]

Christian, another excellent and beautiful shot by you.

Excellent sharpness, colors pov and composition.

I do enjoy contrast too.

Brilliant shot Christian,
Well composed, good detail, fantastic colours and sharpness.
Nicely captured, Great POV, DOF and perfect exposure.
Thanks for posting

Hi Christian,
A superb composition!
WOW! color and detail are just perfect. Great Job!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-27 3:43]

Hello Christian!
Wonderfful macro.3D effect,BG,POV,DOF,clear details,sharpness and composition are excellent.

Excellent capture and well composed. The details are sharp and crisp. excellent work.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-28 17:35]
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Hi Christian, very nice shot! The central composition is very good for this plant. The details are superb and very good colours. If I have to suggest something then I would go for a little lower POV to isolate the main subject from the leaf below it.

Well done.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-28 22:19]

Quelle merveilleuse plante Christian et quelle belle trouvaille ses couleurs sont splendides, excellente composition d'image avec cet arrière-plan flou.



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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-28 13:02]

Hi Christian! I do not have the time to write a decent comment.

"Nature never deceives us; it is always we who deceive ourselves." (Jacques Rousseau)

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

Have a wonderfull week!

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  • jonp (49)
  • [2005-08-31 14:45]

Bonjour Christian,

Votre photo est sublime, le panicaut est d'une grande netteté et il ressort très bien sur ce fond d'herbe.

What a Strange Flower !

But Beautiful :-)

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