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Narcissus tazetta

Narcissus tazetta
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-12-30
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D5200, 90mm Tamron AF SP f/2.8 VC USD
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-12-31 10:58
Viewed: 1312
Points: 10
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Narcissus tazetta L
Fam. Amaryllidaceae
Common names: paperwhite, bunch-flowered narcissus, Bunch-flowered Daffodil, Chinese sacred lily, cream narcissus, joss flower, polyanthus narcissus

Origin of names:
Narcissus : Νάρκισσος, Greek, narkissos, narke "numbness", because of the plant's sedative effect
tazetta: small cup; common name for Narcissus meaning a small cup, from the form of the corona.

The Narcissus tazetta is believed to be the oldest cultivated narcissus, as it was known in ancient Egypt and Greece. Its native is unknown and it is spread throughout the Mediterranean region, as far eastwards as China.

It is a bulbous perennial, with broad, strap-shaped, gray-green leaves. The fragrant blooms have white petals and yellow coronas. Multiple blossoms appear on leafless stems. It blooms in late autumn and winter.

According to Greek mythology, Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in a stream. He stayed transfixed by the stream and the gods thought he would die of starvation so they changed him into the flower to stay there forever. In another myth it is the narcissus that lured Pesephone to her fate into the underworld. To this day narcissus bow their heads in shame of their role in Hades' plan and in a sympathetic grief with Demeter.

HAPPY NEW YEAR my friends

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Kalimera Nikos, my neighbour in the gallery today,
Probably your best photo so far. Tack sharp with excellent light management and fantastic contrast - I love the way how you used flash! Also a great composition with the bunch of daffodils, very spectacular. Bravo!
Have a prosperous new year, kind regards from Ireland, László

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-12-31 14:08]

Hi Nikos,magnificent postcard for the new year wishes,with a fresh composition of these common narcissus made in a great exposure and top sharpness,very well done. Happy new year to you too and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Nikos, lovely composition with nice flowers, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, Happy New Year 2017, ciao Silvio

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2017-01-08 18:28]

Hi Nikos
Beautiful flowers contrasting with such a great backdrop.
Very interesting note.


Hello Nikos,
One of your best picture. Wish you have a nice new year.
Excellent exposure and DOF.
Thanks for sharing,

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