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Tiny Visitor / Arum Lily (i)

Tiny Visitor / Arum Lily (i)
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-30
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-30 4:06
Viewed: 3551
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White or common Arum Lily
Zantedeschia aethiopica

This attractive flower is native to moist soils and wetlands of southern and eastern Africa, it has naturalized extensively in New Zealand.

It is robust and marsh-loving with a thick rhizome, forming a tuft of fleshy-stalked green leaves 60-90 cm high, The stalk 1-1.5 m high bears the large, funnel-shaped rolling flaring waxy-white spathe 20-25 cm long, surrounding a bright yellow spadix. It likes to grow in moist areas, in shaded areas, and in New Zealand we find it growing wild in drains and along fence lines.

The sap may irritate skin or cause discomfort if ingested.

Although called the arum lily, it is neither an arum (the genus Arum) nor a lily (genus Lilium). But it is associated with the lily as a symbol of purity.

I hope you can see the tiny insect on this flower. I have no idea what it is called but it kept climbing and exploring the bright yellow spadix. And as I was taking this shot, the sun shone right on the side of the flower, making the yellow from the spadex glow on the white petal giving it quite a brilliant colour. I find this plant so attractive, and it is good to see it opening up early in the season.

In Paint Shop Pro 9 I cropped it, adjusted the saturation and USM only; resized for web and framed it.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-30 4:20]

Hi Janice I like your tiny visitor.
I love the vellow stamen it draws my eye into the flower.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-30 4:21]

Hello Janice!
Very nice capture.Well seen and composed.Focus is on small insect and created nice visual impact.POV and framing are perfect.Have a nice weekend.TFS...:-)

Nice shot Janice,
Nicely composed and good colour. Good POV and nicely exposed. Good shallow DOF which nicely focuses on the tiny insect.
Have a great weekend Janice, thanks for posting.

Hello Janice!
Very interresting and unusual capture.You have very good eyes.Excellent composition.Thanks for sharing.

Very interesting shot/composition Jancie! Great POV dramatizing your theme of "Tiny Visitor" nicely..Creative shot with great light and colors, Well done!

Hi Janice,
I love the uniqueness of this shot. Great perspective! Only thing is it looks like you have some dust on your sensor, and that is causing the spots on the photo. I need to clean mine, having the same problem. I spend alot of time touching them up.


I like very much the arty point you have given with the great crop and composition. Short DOF works very nice. I can see few stains in the shot, which can be easily cloned out.
A great post, I enjoyed, thanks.

Very nice Janice, if you go for much smaller subjects you're going to have to take up microscope photography! I like the tight crop and composition of this, the white is lovely, not overexposed, and the yellow glow in the center is very warm looking. well done.

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-07-31 10:15]

good details and composition.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-31 14:29]

Janice, a different shot.

Great mood, arty feeling.

And, of course, the tiny bug is a great bonus.

Hello Janice,
This photograph is surprising because it has a double interest: a perfect composition which makes more think of a painting, and the sharpness of the small visitor who attracts the eye. Very beautiful work, really.
TFS, cordially,

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  • sarju Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 10] (51)
  • [2005-10-03 23:12]

wow .... its hard to beat this photo ... its like macro in macro
well seen and shot
thanks for sharing .... cheers ... sarju

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