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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-04
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-04 5:58
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Points: 34
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Unfortunately I dont know the name of the species. I cannot remember either where I took the picture. I think it might have been in the Botanical Garden of Bern.

Erica, heaths or heathers, is a genus of approximately 860 species of flowering plants in the family Ericaceae.The English common names "heath" and "heather" are shared by some closely related genera of similar appearance.

Most of the species are small shrubs from 0.2-1.5 m high, though some are taller; the tallest are E. arborea (Tree Heath) and E. scoparia (Besom Heath), both of which can reach up to 6–7 m tall. All are evergreen, with minute needle-like leaves 2–15 mm long. Flowers are sometimes axillary, and sometimes in terminal umbels or spikes, and are usually outward or downward facing. Flowers are borne in mass, and the plants are grown as landscape or garden plants for their floral effect. The seeds are very small, and in some species may persist in the soil for decades.

At least 660 of the species are endemic to South Africa, and these are often called the Cape heaths, forming the largest genus in the fynbos. The remaining species are native to other parts of Africa, Madagascar, the Mediterranean region, and Europe.

Like most of the rest of the Ericaceae, Erica species are mainly calcifugous, being limited to acidic or very acidic soils – from dry, sandy soils to extremely wet ones such as bog. They often dominate dwarf-shrub habitats (heathland and moorland), or the ground vegetation of open acidic woodland.

Plants of this genus are eaten mainly by the larvae of many Lepidoptera species including Emperor Moth, Garden tiger moth, True Lover's Knot, Wormwood Pug and the Coleophora case-bearers C. juncicolella and C. pyrrhulipennella.(Wikipedia)

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Hi Anne,
very nice photo of these plants. Amazing colours. Very good depth of field. Excellent presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Anne, lovely composition with beautiful flowers, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

nice pic of the plant in its habitat, greetings Ori

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2012-10-04 7:29]

This is lovely, Anne. The splash of purple amongst the green foliage really stands out, and the fern adds some interesting texture and shape to the timage. Your DOF has also created a lovely soft neutral background tooo - well done on a thoughtful image.
Hope you are well,

Hello Anne
A truly beautiful image taken from a nice point of view. Nicely composed with the fern adding further interest. Good light and excellent detail. Lovely colours.
regards yiannis

Hello Anne
Wonderful picture of the erica species. Love this little wild flowers. Beautiful composition, wonderful colours and light and excellent sharpness. Thank You.
Have a good day!
Kind regards
J. Diogo

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-10-04 8:03]

Hello Anne,
This photo is real beauty. The combination of colours is splendid. The Erica contrasts very beautiful against the background. Taken from an excellent POV in a fantastic composition.

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2012-10-04 8:18]

Hi Anne
Neighbours today.
You are very fortunate to have such lovely plants nearby.
Nicely framed and well exposed with beautiful colour and DOF.
TFS Deon

Hello Anne,
A great capture with beautiful colors, details & natural setting. Well composed & presented. TFS & best wishes!


Isn't this LOVELY! Don't usually comment on flora..but this is exquisite!

So refreshing so wild and beautiful image Anne! I guess the capture has been taken under some clouds, the detail seems great and those colors makes you dream about this wonderful place ... my kind of image Anne ... my kind!

hello Anne,
very very nice picture with great composition. perfect colour with good sharpness.
best wishes,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-10-04 12:10]

Hi Anne,
Lovely photo innice colours with excellent composition and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-10-04 14:50]

Salut Anne,quelle poesie dans cette photo,une composition magique dont la prise a fait la difference,magnifiques couleurs et details aussi,tres belle maniere pour nous montrer cette plante tres commune mais toujours agreable.Mes compliments et belle journee',Luciano

Interesting combination of plants Anne! Beautiful photo with excellent composition, fantastic soft lighting and good sharpness.

Ciao Anne. Wondeful colours exclleent DOF so like the details. Just an amazing paint.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-10-05 6:52]

Salut Anne
Jolie composition ,j'aime bien l'angle du point de vue pris a la hauteur des fleurs.Les couleurs et la lumiere sont admirable.Tes images me donne le gout de poster des images de fleurs j,ai commencé a en faire cette année.
Merci Michel

Hello Anne.

Bravo pour cette photographie de bruyère.

Très beau rendu du tapis végétal de cette lande à bruyère et fougères, signe d’une terre acide.

Belle composition mettant bien en valeur les plantes.
Point de vue agréable, depuis le ras du sol, en contre plongée (alors que, souvent, nous avons tendance à photographier en vue plongeante, ce qui "aplati" un peu les photographies).
Belle netteté sur les bruyères.
Profondeur de champ parfaite, avec un arrière-plan des plus agréables.
Exposition et couleurs conduisant à une image naturelle et véridique.
Intensité des couleurs bonne.
Contraste excellent.

A bientôt pour d'autres photographies


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