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Anchusa azurea

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 23 February 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"

Anchusa azurea (Large blue alkanet) is a bristly perennial which reaches just over half a meter in height and the tallest of the anchusae. It is a beautiful plant with a densely branching, hairy stem. The leaves are lanceolate and entire; the lower leaves are large and stalked, the upper leaves are smaller and stalkless. The calyx has pointed tips and the flowers are blue or violet in colour, of a light shade in the centre and arranged in groups at the ends of the stems. It is very common in Crete on roadsides and in abandoned fields. In Crete it is called agoglossos (Greek: αγόγλωσσος) and the locals eat the tender stems boiled, steamed or fried.

Image: Agios Ioanis (Crete) - 07/04/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Beautiful light. have you tired eating the stems?

23 Feb 2011 5:21am

@kitty: Thank you, Kitty. I did not try to eat the stems... I'm just not a great cook - prefer to make images instead :-)

Co33 from libourne, France

Très jolie lumière

23 Feb 2011 8:01am

@Co33: Thank you very much, Co.

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Lovely light and composition

23 Feb 2011 8:32am

@Christine: The image is made during the last hour before sunset and as you know that is my favorite moment making images - the golden hour .... Greetz, Christine.

Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

they look like sugar flowers !

23 Feb 2011 9:04am

@Veronique: They are very delicate ... Thanks for commenting again, Veronique.

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Heel mooi

23 Feb 2011 10:10am

@Aubélia: Bij ons kan je ook vertegenwoordigers van dit geslacht vinden. De naam is echter iets minder poëtisch hier - ossentong - tja hoe komt men er soms op he .... Fijne dag nog voor je.

Mary from PA, United States

Stunning flower...you have photographed it perfectly Johan.

23 Feb 2011 7:28pm

@Mary: Thank you very much, Mary. Very glad you like it.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Magnificent lighting! The colours are really shining in this shot.

23 Feb 2011 8:36pm

@Marilla: The last hour before sunset ... My favorite moment to make this kind of images. Thanks, Marilla.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Hallo, Johan ! Ein schönes, zartes Blümchen - schön ! Es tut mir leid, wenn ich mißverständlich geschrieben habe und du angenommen hast, daß mir deine Landschaftsbilder von Kreta nicht gefallen hätten. Wenn es so gewesen wäre, hätte ich gar nichts geschrieben. Ich muß aber zugeben, daß es mir schwerer fällt, Landschaftsfotos zu beurteilen als Makroaufnahmen. Schöne Grüße !

23 Feb 2011 9:09pm

@Loner: I understand, Sonja - No problem - sometimes reading in different languages makes good communication difficult. And besides - even if you don't like an image, you can write this in a comment (as long as you tell me why :-) ). I always appreciate your comments ! Warm greetz for both of you !

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Excellently taken Johan. It's not an orchid but you should have shared it sooner.

24 Feb 2011 4:50am

@¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨: I just took too many images of all kind of (plant-)species during that trip. Can't post them all at the same time ... Since the weather here is still not good to go out and take good images, I decided to review my images of last years trip ... Thanks for the compliment, Kristen !

Canon EOS 400D
1/100 second
ISO 200
150 mm