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A year after

A year after
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Copyright: Jose Rodriguez (jmp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-26
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S9500, Digital ISO 80
Exposure: f/6.4, 1/56 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Weeds & Seeds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-28 4:01
Viewed: 5841
Points: 116
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Protected seeds

Hello TrekNature community!

Today I have reached one year treking among you, looking through your eyes what still can be seen in our planet. One year is a 2% of my life!

I'd like to thank all of you for your always warm, kind and useful support. If beauty is clearly a communication tool, the feedback is a beautiful and essential consequence, so many thank to all of you for it.

To say that I'm confortable here is clearly unnecessary. It's always worth visiting Nature around the Earth by your lens. Many many hours of all of us give as a result this quite Well Woven World Wide Web.

The photo I post today is a dried Distaff Thistle (Atractylis cancellata1) that protects its seeds half a year after its death. This small (Ø ≈ 1.5 cm), light, strong and beautiful structure lives in a ditch where our developed culture did not reach it.

José Miguel.

1. I acknowledge Herve (herve1993) the id of this thistle. With his help we can see now the flower

2. The sky under the thistle is due to a mirror inserted between the thistle and the rest of vegetation. The last sunbeams of the day cast a warm light over the thistle and a dim sky.

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Hello my friend,
Congrat on your first year, Jose! Let them be many many more...
Very interesting posting to mark your milestone, showing nature's many strange ways!
Well framed, good clarity in colours and excellent details!
Pablo -

Hola Jose !
Congratulations on your first year on TN ! You have given great contribution t this site, with your beautiful pictures and your informative notes, and I really hope that there will be many more birthdays in the future !

The picture is splendid, and once again it shows a very strange flower which I never saw before. The light is truly wonderful, and the blue sky makes such a beautiful BG. Warm and cheerful colors, excellent details. very well done !

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-28 5:30]

Hi Jose.
My heart congratulations on anniversary of your TN participation. I am feeling everything that you are feeling. And your role of my feelings is great. Thank you for your nice pictures and comments.

Your anniversary shot is symbolic enough and corresponds with your kind words of note excellently. It is very well composed, illuminated and delicately coloured. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-28 5:36]

Maravilloso José, muchas felicidades por tu aniversario, y preciosa forma de celebrarlo, genial el comentario, gracias por tus aportaciones y por ayudar a los que no estamos al corriente en muchos aspectos en este arte de la fotografía, el espejito todo un invento, lo dicho felicidades, y muchos saludos, ayer se pasó todo el día lloviendopor aquí, lo que nos asegura insectos y mas flores para exponer, jiji

Hello Jose,
What a beautiful tribute to this site and nature. This sentence touched me particularly

"Today I have reached one year trekking among you, looking through your eyes what still can be seen in our planet. One year is a 2% of my life!". - Congratulations!

I agree that this site and the people who art part of it does something important by being some witnesses of this world’s fragile beauties.

This picture you chose today is much appropriated as it shows us the simplicity and complexity of our environment how strong and fragile it could be at the same time. This plant protects its seeds half year after its dead... This is beautiful and I thank you for being part of this great exchange ;)


Hola Jose Miguel,
Primero que nada, mis mas sinceras felicitaciones por todo este año transcurrido, durante el cual nos has mostrado tus fotos con una cualidad, sensibilidad y bienhacer que son inconfundibles y que te colocan en un lugar especial.

Muy hermosa esta foto aniversaria, me encanta su luz e iluminación, estas tonalidades cálidas crean un efecto muy atractivo.
Lo del espejo es una gran idea, que me sorprendió por lo sencilla, pero que al menos a mí antes no se me había ocurrido. Funciona perfecto.Gracias por el dato.
La composición es muy buena.
No me queda mas que felicitarte esta vez por la foto, y ojala que puedas seguir tomando el tiempo necesario de tus actividades diarias para poder dedicarle tiempo a este sitio y a compartir tus aptitudes fotográficas.
Un gran abrazo,

Hi Jose,
Wonderful capture.
This looks like the skeleton of a thistle.
Nice job indeed.

hi jess,
nice capture,
well composed with lovely pov,
the dof is excellent, nice bg,
excellent details, lovely lighting,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Jose,

Excellent colors Bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp nicly composed and capture photo excllent work

TFS Kyle

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-28 10:12]

Hello Jose,
Beautiful and very effective shot of these left-overs from last summer. Good focus and sharp details. Looks good against the blue sky.
Congratulations on your first year! I hope there'll be many more...
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-28 10:25]

Hello Jose,
Congratulations on your first year with TN!
You celebrate it with a fine contribution and a great note to go with it.
We share the same concern for nature and worry about how we are increasingly dominating and destroying it.
I find your sharp and well composed shot symbolises some hope in that we can perhaps restore a little of what we have destroyed.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-28 10:52]
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Hi Jose MF

And so your anniversary has also arrived. Time flies and especially since being on TN and being occupied with all the beauty (and sometimes the opposite) that nature presents us through the eyes of all the fantastic members on this site where you have become an integral spike and contributor.

Thanks for all your support this past year. Thanks also for everything you have meant to me personally and to TN in general and on a wider front. You have contributed greatly via your magnificent portfolio of 125 postings and 43 workshops. Add to that the great amount of critiques that currently stands on a massive 3,978. Through these you have touched the lives of many TN members with your kindness and big heartedness. Thanks also for being such a good friend.

My hope for you is to still enjoy many years of prolific activities on this site, to keep on showing us this wonderful world through your eyes and mind, and to share your experiences with us.

Your note is much thought provoking while the posting shows us both the vulnerability but yet also the ingenuous armour of nature against the onslaughts of the environment. The simplistic however very dynamic composition is beautiful. The details you’ve captured are stunning and the bright subjects stand out perfectly against the darkish BG.

Very well done and TFS.
Best regards

Hi Jose,

This plant is so beautiful!Thanks to background of sky, details are visible very well.Good composition.
Very well done!

Regards, Sylwia.

Dear Jose,
First of all, many happy returns on the occasion of completing one year on the TN! Let me say it without the slightest bit of exaggeration that you have enriched us all [and also this site :-)] with your priceless pictures on Nature that say much more than what they show.
Like this one you have posted today on the occasion. Besides being a superb composition, it touches a chord in the heart: the archetypal Mother Nature that nurtures and protects even in the act of dying. The fence woven around the seed container is formidable with its pricks and spikes. I see a lovely shapeliness even to this barrier of defence.
May your creativity flourish further in the years to come!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-28 15:10]

Hola Jose
¡Feliz cumpleaños en TN! Hermosa nota has escrito, como hermosa es también la imagen que nos muestras. ¡Que alucinante protección para las semillas! Yo creía que las plantas buscaban todo lo contrario, la acción del viento y de los seres animados para esparcir lo más posible sus simientes. Se ve que ésta tiene que protegerlas por algún motivo.
Es una magnifica macro y me encanta el colorido y la composición.
Muchas gracias por el regalo que ha supuesto para nosotros este año de tu presencia en TN y que sean muchos más.

Hello Jose, congratulations for your first year on TN, wonderful photo with nice colors and excellent details, very well done.
Ciao Silvio

celebrating your first "birthday" here on TN please receive my cordial congratulations, dear friend. For me it has been a year of exciting encounters with you and your rich contributions, of a lot of very well supporting feedback from you, and of inspiring exchange of thoughts. All the best to you and to us for many more years of this kind to come.
Now this image: A powerful demonstration of fragile beauty in the "undeveloped", the neglected. Wonderful composition, beautiful handling of light. And the application of a very clever idea to bring in the sky as a background where you need it. I think from now on I will go out with my camera plus a mirror in my bag.
Thank you! All the best to you.

Hello my very dear friend,
Long time "no see". You must be busy?
A most pleasant image.
What a strange plant; protecting its "babies". Never seen
anything like this. TFS. What an education. THANKS AGAIN.
Congratulations & a "Happy TN 1st. Anniversary Day".
Boy, am I glad we met. Without your help I would continue
being a retired couch potato.
Most friendly regards,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-28 16:24]

Congratulations Jose on the 1 year anniversary. Always lovely to see a post from you and I love your critiques.

Great shot to mark the occasion. The POV is great here giving you that lovely sky as a BG. Excellent sharp details and interesting textures. The thistle looks fabulous like this



hi Jose,
superb beautiful composition colors and a very beautiful clearness cheer

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-28 21:48]

Hello Jose

Congratulations on 1 year with TN.This photo you offer shows the amazing adaptabilty of plants.The thistle cage surrounding the seeds is an wonderful defence mechanism.You have captured it well.The composition is very well done,and the POV and DOF are very good.Excellent focus with sharp details and well saturated colours.TFS


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-29 3:44]

Hi Jose and a very warm and happy TN-day!!!

It's nice to hear that members sike you are celebrating their anniversary and after a pretty long time (because a year is not little time at all) thay still have the same boost and comitment to go on doing this beautiful passion.

The photo you present us is really beautiful!
I really like the entire arhitecture" behind the structure of this "ball of thorns" that carefully protects its future.
The structure of this plant is indeed magnificent and you managed to capture it with plenty of details and lovely colors.
The insertion of the mirror under it was a great idea and it definately goes unnoticed as being artificial, but rather a splendid low POV.
A splendid composition and work!

Bravo and TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-29 9:44]

Hello Jose,
and a wonderful year its been, I always enjoyed your wonderful pictures and variety of flowers. Most of them I have necver seen before.
This is another wonderful shot. The sharpness and details are so perfect. I love the POV the golden colors against this wonderful blue sky looks fabulous. Great composition, the plant seems to be floating.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-29 9:57]

Primero felicitarte por tu primer año entre nosotros y agradecerte toda tu colaboración, entrega y buena leche que siempre le pones a la cosa.
Segundo felicitarte por esta presentación tan bella como inusual... personalmente nunca había visto algo así y te las arreglaste para mostrarlas con total nitidez y claridad, gracias al perfecto foco y profundidad, la correcta iluminación con no demasiada luz y el gran fondo que sacaste de la galera de mago que llevas en tu bolso.
Verdaderamente una nueva muestra de tu talento y pasión.
Abrazos amigo!.

Bonjour et bon anniversaire...
L'image me plait beaucoup, je pense y reconnaitre Atractylis cancellata, une espèce très rare en france. La technique du mirroir est une très bonne idée, dont je m'inspirerai...

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  • ciccio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 50 N: 338] (2751)
  • [2007-01-29 13:25]

Estás que te sales con las flores. Excelente composición y un contraste y saturación muy atractivos. Me encanta. Un corduial saludo. Lástima de no disponer de tiempo para poder disfrutar de la página como uno quisiera.

Hi, Jose.
Congratulations on anniversary. Beautiful light. Well composed shot with good details and sharpness. Nice blue BG.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-01-29 17:35]

Hola Jose, gracias de nuevo por mostrarnos otra pequeña joya que nos brinda la naturaleza, animarte a que sigas realizando tan buenos trabajos. Agradecerte tu cariñoso comentario que me ha emocionado al sentirme identificada con tus palabras. Felicidades por tu aniversario. Saludos Sira

Hola Jose,
Happy First Anniversary at TN!
Very nice, sharp and neat image.
Excellent shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-30 10:08]

Hi Jose.
Very interesting plant.It looks like natural cage.
I like your POV with beautiful blue sky like background.Nicely composed and perfect sharpness.Great work!
Congratulate,amazing picture on the occasion your anniversary.
TFS and best greetings.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2007-01-30 12:50]


what a lovely seed structure you have shown here. It is stunning. I really like mirror idea, it has worked very well.

TFS and congrats....


Hola José,
Ante todo felicidades por el año en TN, y muchas gracias por darnos a conocer tu precioso trabajo. La foto es de gran belleza y calidad. Enhorabuena. Un abrazo

Hi dear Jose ,
excellent focus and great colors.
excellent details.
well composition and nice BG.
thanks and regards my good friend.

Hola Jose!
Felicidades por cumplir un ano con nosotros!
Me gusta mucho la captura - tu composición es perfecta y la planta bella
TFS - Shir

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-01-30 15:48]

Hola José

bonita foto , con mucho detalle y objeto bien resaltado en el fondo borroso



Congrats on your one year anniversary, and a nice shot to boot, well taken.


Hola Jose,
Perfect shot for "Weeds&Seeds"!

It is amazing what Nature will do to protect seeds, or see to it that the risk of destruction is miniized.

I like your PoV and the great detail against the clear blue sky; < clever idea to use a mirror to trap the sky! >.

Tfs, Jay.

Hi Jose,

Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary. I am hoping to see many more of your fine posts over the next year. This one is no exception.
A beautiful composition. The strong top lighting really shows the detail and structure of thisplant very well. Colors and tones look excellent. Great notes as always!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-31 11:30]

Hello Jose,
Wonderful close up.Well seen and composed.POV,lighting,details,BG and framing are excellent.

Preciosa y sencilla imagen no por su ejecución, (ya veo la de "apaños" que se pueden llegar a hacer), sino sencilla porque lo difícil lo haces fácil, tu y algunos maestros más del TN con los que he tenido la fortuna de encontrarme.
Preciosa imagen, con unos detalles estupendos.
Quizá seca pero no muerta del todo ya que su ciclo se cierra cuando da lo mejor de sí: la semilla.

Gracias por compartir tus trabajos y conocimientos con nosotros. Ojalá veamos otros años fotos como las que hasta ahora nos has brindado.
Felicidades y salud amigo.
Juan Luis.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-01-31 19:58]

Hola Jose.- Lo que admiro mucho de ti es que sabes hace de las flores algo esplendoroso. Flores y Plantas que vemos a diario y nos parecen muy naturales, con tu camara le das un gran valor. Gracias por compartirlas con Nosotros. Saludos Luis52.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-02-01 15:08]

Hello Jose,
Amazing composition against the blue sky. And all the best for the next years of you being with us here!!!
Best greetings,

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-02-02 21:06]

Hola Josè:
Antes que nada ¡Feliz Aniversario en TN! y gracias por compartir tus maravillosos trabajos con todos los amantes de la naturaleza y la fotografìa.
En cuanto a esta presentaciòn, te dirè lo que todos: es una gran macro, muy artìstica y original, no sòlo por la rara planta presentada, sino tambièn por el truco que has hecho con el espejo, lo cual demuestra tu gran capacidad de inventar.
Muy interesante tambièn, e instructiva tu nota.
Por todo ello, mis sinceras felicitaciones y el deseo que que sigas publicando por muchos años màs tus trabajos. para deleite y admiraciòn de tus muchos amigos de este gran sitio.
Un abrazo.

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  • Viera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 0 N: 74] (494)
  • [2007-02-04 3:42]

Hi José,
you have captured the thistle in very interesting way,I like how it is protecting its seeds.It creates really wonderful structures.
Best regards,

Hello Jose,
Interesting post. I can see right away that mother nature has done her usual perfect job of protecting/perpetuating the species..
What would try to eat seed from such a thorny proposition? ;}
Great detail, POV, comp, and use of the open sky for BG.
Congratulations on one year, and thanks for all your feedback as well.
Well done mf.

Hi Jose,
Congratulations to your first anniversary on TN. (sorry for my late visit:))
This is a great pov and composition. Razor sharp and well handled of light. Thanks for your informative note and technique.

Muy buenas Jose
La verdad es que entre viajes, trabajo y fotos uno no tiene todo el tiempo para andar por la web, pero de vez en cuando me doy un paseillo y veo las fotos de los conocidos y me sorprende tu foto, primero por la planta rara, vamos yo no la he visto y después por la compo que la diste muy buena. Y encima por lo que veo ya llevas un año en la web, pues felicitaciones por todo.
Un abrazo.

bonjour josé
ho,c'est vraiment tres beau!
j'aime beaucoup les formes et l'idée de se placer ainsi pour avoir le ciel comme BG c'est tres bon.

Hola José,
Que curiosidad!! Me gusta el diseño de los restos de esa flor y como protege sus semillas. Muy bien tomada, me gustan los colores y como parece estar flotando en el aire.
Un abrazo

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  • Rafa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 172 W: 0 N: 7] (846)
  • [2007-02-13 18:57]

Muy buena!! vaya juego que da esta especie en el ambito de la composición. Claro está que hay que saber componer y tu eres un maestro.


Brilliant colors. Excellent composition . Crisp clear. Interesting note.
Never thought of using a mirror. What a smart trick.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-03-04 0:38]

Beautiful,liked the prospective here,good POV,lighting and composition are very nice.

dont know how I missed this great pic, greetings from Israel, Ori

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-03-27 8:21]

Hi Jose,
This is an excellent shot and great info, thank you. And congratulations for your first year on TN.
Best regards.


Dear Jose!
This time I decided to write a few words to one of your earlier pictures :)
And these kind of photos really is paying my attention. I like the way you present plants - simple idea, wonderful final effect. Great sharpness, DOF and colouration. What can I say more? I like it! :>
Best withes,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-03 20:03]

Hi Jose,
Just marking this wonderful post from you for now and will come back later with a proper critique. Sorry tied up with an urgent assignment.

Beautiful shot. Nice composition and great colours. U have have used a very simple subjetc to create a wonderful picture.

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