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before springtime

before springtime
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Copyright: pedro anahory (anahory) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 0 N: 229] (1377)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 30D, Sigma 28-300mm
Exposure: f/11, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-02-14 17:35
Viewed: 3099
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sorry about this no note but I really don ´t know wich plant is this one(may be some of my fellow photographers could help!?)
Anyway she is one of the first flowers I found in february in the forest of Sintra and reminds me the arriving of springtime.

I used a tripod and natural light
canon 30D / sigma 28-300 at 300 / close up lens 2Diop

Asphodelus ramosus (Asphodel)
(thank you jose-jmp-for help in catalog this species)

The Asphodel (Asphodelus ramosus) is the flower said to fill the plains of Hades, the mythological Greek underworld. As it was the favourite food of the dead, the ancient Greeks would often plant it near graves. The Asphodel is sacred to Persephone, or Proserpina in Roman mythology, who was forcefully taken to the underworld by Hades (Pluto). Persephone is the daughter of Demeter (Ceres).

This plant has one of the earliest recorded histories of any species, having been given a detailed description by Hesiod circa 8th century BC [1]. According to Lord Monboddo's reading of Homer, the asphodel is considered by Homer as "the best food of men" and Monboddo further notes that in Homer's Odyssey: "The heroes of Elysium, as living in a meadow covered with Asphodel"[2]. In the same letter of Monboddo to Hope, it is indicated that asphodel may be the same plant some Greeks called "scilla", which plant is described by Pliny, Galen and Dioscorides. It is also referenced in William Carlos Williams' poem, "Asphodel, that greeny flower", when he compares it to his love.
Victor Hugo, in his poem Booz Endormi, suggests that the perfume that Ruth wears when she approaches Boaz is that of the asphodel ( in wikipedia )

in portuguese:asfodelo,amor verdadeiro,narciso silvestre

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-14 17:47]

This is truly a wonderful capture! Great colours and details, nicely oof BG, superb composition!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-15 7:00]

Me gusta mucho la composición Pedro por el punto de vista captado y el encuadre elegido para la entrega.
La agudeza, foco y profundidad realmente son muy buenos, pero creo que el punto débil de la escena es la iluminación, tal vez a partir de un balance de blancos que no fue el ideal, la imagen terminó siendo algo oscura.
De todas maneras es una interesante presentación... pérdón por no poder ayudar con su identificación.
Un cordial saludo desde Buenos Aires... Ricardo

I like the a lot composition Pedro for the captured point of view and the elected framing for the post.
The sharpness, focus and depth are really very good, but I believe that the weak point of the scene is the illumination, perhaps starting from a white balance that was not the ideal, the image it finished being something dark.
Anyway it is an interesting presentation... sorry for not being able to help with their identification.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-15 11:15]

Hi Pedro,
If not is a Asphodelus ramosus or a similar species.
Though a little overexposed, it's a nice image.
TFS, José M.

I loved Sintra when I lived in the Base at Granja do
Marquez; and, I still do. They have one of the MOST beautiful gardens in Sintra besides those GRAND castles.
This is a true BEAUTY. A great composition. Slightly O/E.
Minor issue.
Loved your notes too.
Best regards,
P.S. Am loving Photomatix.(HDR) Thanks for encouraging me to "go" for it.

Preciosa planta. Bellos colores y una elegante presentación Pedro.
Estoy de acuerdo con José (jmp), sobre la identificación de la planta.
Saludos amigo, JL.

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