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Dragon Arun

Dragon Arun
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-15
Categories: Flowers
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/4, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-09 8:51
Viewed: 4617
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dracunculus vulgaris

This is a species of aroid in the genus Dracunculus and is known variously as the Dragon Arum, the Black Arum, the Voodoo Lily, the Snake Lily, the Stink Lily, the Black Dragon, Dragonwort, and Ragons. In Greece, part of its native range, the plant is called Drakondia, the long spadex being viewed as a small dragon hiding in the spathe.[1]
It is native to the Balkans, extending as far as Greece, Crete and the Aegean Islands, and also to the south-western parts of Anatolia.[1]. The species is characterised by a large purple spathe and spadix has a very unpleasant smell reminiscent of a carcass. That is because the pollinators of this aroid are flies (Lucilia and others). From Wikipedia

This is the original capture taken from a distance of 3 metres with the camera handheld. This specimen was about 80 cm tall. It has been sharpened and levels adjusted.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-09 9:19]

Hi Ulla,
Very good photo of this interesting Flower, TFS!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-09 9:26]

Hi Ulla
What a lovely plant! I never see one like that!
Perfect details and colors.

This flower seems to be gigantic, Ulla, I've never seen this one before.
The form and the colour is beautiful, this deep violet is very noble.
Thanks, that's realy a very interesting post, I like it
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-09 9:52]

Hi Ulla,a beautiful and spectacular flower,i never seen it live and i wish that happen...excellent quality as usual and perfect an naturals colors.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hallo Ulla,
a very beautiful capture of this interesting species, very good sharpness and marvellous natural colours, excellent POV and DOF.
Best regards

Nice one,

smelly things aren't they?
I hope you didn't have to take this shot down-wind


Hi Ulla. Very nice picture of this arum flower..
I like the composition, colors and details.. Perfect catch every way with good notes...TFS.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-09 11:30]

Hello Ulla,
Beautiful photo of a beautiful flower. Great contrasting colours against the BG. Good sharpness, details, DOF and POV.

ulla, nice plant, nice shot...i like the greece flora...

Hello Ulla, an expertly taken shot of this interesting arum. Great details and composition.
TFS and regards,

Hello Ulla,
What a interesting capture with amazing colours and details.
Nice POV and perfect focus. Useful photographer's note.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-09 13:21]

Hello Ulla.
What a beautifully presented image, nice POV and the detail is nice and shape, great lighting and shadows isolate the image nicely from the BG with very nice natural colours.
Best regards Siggi

hello Ulla

beautiful photography of this species of flower, shot with a fine POV,
fine focus excellent sharpness and details of the foreground, TFS


Hello Ulla,
What a fantastic flower! and... What plant more fantastic! .. seems out of a planet of science fiction stories !.... I do not know this species, thanks for posting!
The picture is very balanced and natural, is eloquent enough to make us see all the features of this plant. Well done!
TFS, Regards, Jesús

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-09 20:00]

Hello Ulla,
What a strange yet beautiful looking flowers. As always your great camera work brings it to life, thank you.

Good mOrning Ulla,

A very nice nature composition, the common (vulgaris) small dragon (dracunculus) is very sharp with nice color saturation. Good choice of aperture for a sharp subject and blurred background. A masterpiece work in all around indeed!
TFS and have a nice day!


Hola Ulla,
cuando veo esta flor tengo envidia; aún no he podido verla en directo jeje. Buena luz, realismo en los colores y buen trabajo sobre todo de encuadre.

Abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Cioa Ulla. Good light and colours for this imponenet beautiful flower.


Aptly named flower, Ulla.
I like its colour.
Greece looks like home to exotic flora like this one.
Very well composed picture.
Thanks for sharing the picture and also for your kind concern for my health. I had a minor ailment which is now under control.
Best regards.

  • Dis. Ac. Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
  • [2010-06-10 10:48]

Hi Ulla,

interesting picture but this one are dificult to get with blurred bg.
Good pov and details.
Fine colours.


hello Ulla
super shot of this rare plant in greece
great details and beautiful colours
i found also this plant on Kreta
i go nowe 4 weeks to greece
thanks greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-11 3:52]

Hello Ulla,
This flower must be something very special with so many different names.. probably due to its very strange shape and dark color. I wondered at first why you had to take a distance of three meters (Stink Lily), but looking at its size, that must be the reason:-). For me a plant I didn't know. Thanks for this natural picture and the short but informative note.
I wish you and Ivan a nice weekend
Kind regards

Hallo Ulla
One GREAT photo. I like it very much, as it is bright in colour, well centred and sharp, and above all it is very artistic. almost as if it is on show. Very nice composition, framing and great spot-on focus on the actual flower. The maroon colour is very eye-catching. Indeed a beauty! Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hy Ulla
This is a very interesting species! The leaves, the flower, the smell (ok, lucklly for us that we cannot feel it) make this plant interesting and attractive, but repulsive as well. Thanks for sharing with us this piece of nature.
Kind regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-15 16:11]

Hello Ulla,
very interesting names given to this plant. Very informative indeed.
The well shown specie is exciting to note with those spiral and clinging petals. That make it look like a dragon. How the dark purple gives a good contrast to the composition.
nice positioning to give a good scene in its natural surrounding.


Dear Ulla,

Sorry to look so rarely at your portfolio, but I am sorting our house content for a move to a much smaller house....

I do like this plant - I do like your photo very much!!

It must have been a difficult decision which part of the plant to photograph - the inclusion of the bud - opening flower - together with the gone over flowers make it a very interesting image.

I know, it is bad grammar to repeat ""very"" again and again. But your photo is SO perfect in every sens, and underlining this is VERY
:-))necessary .

You obviously had a wonderful time in Greece and brought back great photos.

Have a nice evening,
greetingas from South africa

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