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Indian Chocolate

Indian Chocolate
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-21
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/185 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Herbs used in medicine [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-31 4:39
Viewed: 4660
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I don't have many pictures of flowers in my gallery if you won't count those with insects or spiders sitting on them. So today a picture of flower itself.

This is one of my favourite flowers because we have lots of them blooming on our wet meadows at the begining of summer. These plants look quite unconspicous from a distance, but you must admit the flowers itself are quite beautiful.

This is Geum rivale commonly called: Nodding Avens, Drooping Avens, Cure All, Water Flower or Indian Chocolate.

The Water Avens prefers northern parts of our world, so it can be found quite easily in northern parts of Europe as well as in Canada and Siberia.

It is a lover of moist situations, found chiefly in damp woods, wet meadows, in ditches and among the coarse herbage fringing canals.

The plant is used in folk medicine as a remedy for many diseases. In the eastern states of North America (where it is called Indian Chocolate, Cure All and Water Flower) it's root is used for example as a popular remedy in pulmonary consumption, simple dyspepsia and is valued as a febrifuge.

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Hi Monika,
Attractive picture with red against green background. Feel the softness and tender with its curve and curl. Excellent composition and POV. Very well seen and TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-31 5:36]

Hello Monika,
Lovely capture.Well seen and composed.Lighting,colors,details,3D effect and framing are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-05-31 6:16]

Hello Monika,
Nice to see you again.
A very nice and well composed shot.
Excellent detail,lovely clear green BG (not a blue sky but nice all the same!).
I've not heard of this flower before now.
Good work and interesting note.


I always say that the flowers are really hard subject to photography, at least for me! I think that this beautiful flowers is just blooming! I love the position of the heads down! I feel that some sadness on the photo despite the fresh leafs and flowers! I like the colours also! Framing, pov are great too. But I don't understand that relation with the Indian Chocolate! I can't relate to this flower, but maybe the photographer ;-))

Hmmm, you gave me some courage for posting the flower photo to TN. I have not a flower shot in my gallery.

Thank you for this beautiful flower and great note!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-31 7:04]

Hello Monika,
Beautiful shot of this lovely plant. Excellent sharp details, and wonderful colors. The colors stands out very nicely on the green BG. I also like your composition and your POV.

Hi Monika,
Great job on the compositionand framing of this shot. The plant really stands out well with your framing of it against the green grasses.
Beautiful colors and sharp detail. Very nice work here!

Hi Monica,
this is one of my fav's and you have captured very well.
Lovely colours, good POV and compostion.
The shallow DOF brings out the subject nicely from the BG.
Great work.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-05-31 9:01]

Hi Monika,
Perfect shot of this unconspicuous flower. I agree with you that it's beautiful.
TFS, JosÚ M.

Hello Monika!

Splendid image. Soft lighting, shallow DOF and low POV make it a pleasure for the eyes. I also like the color contrast that put a lot of emphasis on the flower. Composiiton is simple but well balanced.

Great shot and TFS.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-05-31 10:18]

excellent capture - it is really stunning, the colour of the stem and flowers are excellent against the green BG, and the clarity of the flower itself is great with an excellent composition.


A delicate image, this is nicely done. The exposure is spot on, the lighting couldn't be better, it shows excellent color and details. Perfecto! :)

I would categorize this as an artistic composition on your part, Monika.
Excellent perspective and placement of flowers within the frame. The colour of this flower is delightful.
Despite your diffidence(?) about shooting flowers, this is a great image.

Hi Monika,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-05-31 19:01]


Piekne i delikatne... podziwiam.
Cudowne kolorki, ostrosc i kompozycja.

Pozdrawiam :-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-01 2:17]

Hi Monika!
Very interesting subject and note. We're both explorers of words' origin :-) Indian Chocolate sounds great, especially in Polish meadow. Very nice, detailed, botanical photo. I love blurred BG made form fresh green grasses. I hope you'll post something similiar from time to time.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-01 6:03]

Hi Monika, beautiful shot. I like especially the colours, with the red and green tones thses make the picture warm and summery. Well done and TFS.

Excellent work Monika!
Very nice OOF green BG to compliment the burgundy reds of your Indian chocolate (cool name BTW)..Very well composed with excellent exposure, color, DOF, and sharp details...

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-01 7:31]

What a nice "Benoite des ruisseaux" that you have very well captured ! Good composition, colors, exposure, DOF and sharpness. Instructive note too... Congratulations Monika and thanks for sharing.

Very beautiful photo ! The flower is wonderful, and I love the contrast between the purple color of the flower and the green grass. Details, composition, POV and BG are beautiful. very well done !

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-01 9:01]
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Hi Monika,
Wow, beautiful colours and perfectly exposed. Of all the names I like Indian Chocolate best. Lovely detail and the background is perfect, nice warm green, soft but not completely defocused and interesting lines. Very nice shot, a very pleasing image to look at.

I saw your critique of Greg's 'Monika-esque' picture, did you hurt your hand?


Hi Monika

what happen for your hand? injured or just a matter of feeling? I hope it is not something important. you are most welcome for even small critiqs on my pics. I like that sign down of this pic(((:
Anyway, very nice shot with great composition and POV. well done.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-01 21:26]

Hi Monika
Beautifu and colourful composition. Great pastel like colours, details, sharpnes,light, DOF, BG and POV. Also good note.
Well done Monika



Well Composed. Very sharp pic with a good POV, DOF and BG. The lighting is good. I feel that the BG makes the pic excellent as the contrast in colour between the BG and the subject is most appealling. TFS,

Hi Monika,
I love the red Avens against the green background. Lovely detail and composition.

We have the same flower here in Canada. TFS Janice

Cute flower, so fuzzy looking! I never saw one before.

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