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Gentianopsis ciliata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 29 August 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Gentianopsis ciliata (syn.: Gentiana ciliata /Gentianella ciliata) (Franjegentiaan (BE) / Fringed gentian (EN) / Gewöhnlicher Fransenenzian (DE) / Gentiane ciliée (FR) ) is a plant species of the Gentianaceae family. In Belgium this species is on the red list mentioned very rare and endangered with only a few growing stations left. It can only be found in grasslands on calcareous soil. The plant is 8-25 cm high and has a square stem. The ground leaves are spatula-shaped. The stem leaves are linear, but can sometimes be lanceolate and have one to three veins. The stem bears mostly only one flower. Fringed gentian blooms from August to November with blue flowers. The corolla has four lobes and is 2.5 to 5 cm long. These lobes have a long fringe, hence the name Fringed gentian. The flowers are pollinated by bumblebees.

Image: Tellin (BE) - 25/08/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/320 second F/6.3 ISO 200 150 mm

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Julie from Le Cannet des Maures, France

Magnifique, tout simplement

29 Aug 2010 7:48am

@Julie: Thank you very much, Julie.

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Dit is echt prachtig Johan... zo simpel en toch zo mooi ! 5***** Prettige zondag :)

29 Aug 2010 9:27am

@Tamara: De foto is eenvoudig van opbouw, maar om ze te nemen was ze dat allerminst... Eerst en vooral moet je de soort kunnen vinden... Het is een van die soorten in België die op het punt staan te verdwijnen... wat ik bijzonder jammer zou vinden. Bedankt voor je appreciatie, Tamara.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Du bist echt ein Spezialist für Gegenlichtaufnahmen - sehr schön !

29 Aug 2010 9:30am

@Loner: Thank you for that compliment, Sonja. I think this species can be seen frequentely in your region? In Belgium it is very very endagered. It would be a pity when this beautiful flowers disappears ... don't you think ?

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Prachtig die lichtval en erg mooie bokeh!

29 Aug 2010 10:39am

@Marleen: Ik heb een aantal opnamen met "meelicht" ook genomen, maar deze met "tegenlicht" vond ik een veel mysterieusere sfeer hebben. Dit past ook beter bij de soort die door haar extreme zeldzaamheid een zweem van mysterie over zich houdt ... Bedankt voor je commentaar alweer, Marleen.

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Very nice dof on this one. There is movement below the center line with the other plants that are blurred but not gone.. and a stillness above. The colors also give off a sense of heat.. which here in August is normal. Is it hot there too now?

30 Aug 2010 12:07am

@Dutçh: Normally we have in August temperatures between 20° and 30° C. Last two weeks are a bit too cold for the time of the year. The day I made the image was realy enjoyable before midday, but there were some heavy showers in the afternoon and temperatures dropped. Not the most liked weatherconditions for nice images ... Thanks for the comment again, Kristen.

Luc from Montréal, Canada

Dear Johan Dierckx,

Your works are source of inspiration for me.

Here I like the way you had catched the light.

The most strong and beautifull things are so little that we can pass an entire life without seeing them. It is why some people have to find and show them to the world. The fragility of those things is their strenth. The more they seem fragile the more they are strong for the heart which sees. And, beleive me, your heart has good eyes and it take the time to look beyong the supposed brittleness of things.

Many thanks for your support while time looks at to us passing.


31 Aug 2010 11:18pm

@Luc: Luc, I'm almost speachless after reading this comment. It is one of the kindest comments ever given to one of my images. And you are so right: most people do pass the most beautifull things without even noticing them ... and that is exactly one of the reasons why I make images ...
So many thanks for this comment, Luc !

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I like the color was on these flowers. Beautiful color and detail. I'm behind on your images again. I will try to catch up tomorrow!

3 Sep 2010 2:25am

@Julie Brown: No porb, Julie. I'm having some busy days too now. Time on Aminus is limited now.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Brilliant shot! Great DOF and bokeh.

3 Sep 2010 7:58am

@Marilla: I'm glad you like it, Marilla. For me this was the first encounter with the species in Belgium, so I took some time to make some good images.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


8 Sep 2010 4:34pm

@Magda: I'm very glad you like so many of my images.

Canon EOS 400D
1/320 second
ISO 200
150 mm