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Cynoglossum creticum

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 25 February 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"

Cynoglossum creticum (Cretan or Blue houndstongue) has flowers of up to 12mm, pinkish-red or light blue at maturity, with darker veining in the same colours. The thorny fruits were at one time a favourite plathing with children, since they adhese easily to clothing. It is found in rocky locations, olive groves and on the edges of fields.

Derivation of the botanical name: 'Cynoglossum': kynos, "dog," and glossa, "a tongue"; dog's tongue, an allusion to the texture of the leaves of these herbs. 'creticum': from the island of Crete. Despite its name it is not an endemic species !

Image: Lagoli (Crete) - 10/04/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/500 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Veronique from Sarrouilles, France

ohhhhhhh !! magnifique

25 Feb 2011 9:22am

@Veronique: The colored lines in the petals attracted my attention in this one. Nature can be so nice ... Greetz, Veronique !

Florence from Paris, France

An exquisite association of colors, and a perfect focus, as usual.

25 Feb 2011 9:34am

@Florence: Thank you very much, Florence.

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Een prachtige foto!

25 Feb 2011 9:42am

@Aubélia: Dank je, Aubélia. Ik ben nu eenmaal gebeten door de vormen- en kleurenrijkdom van de plantenwereld en probeer die zo mooi mogelijk in beeld te brengen in de hoop zo mijn enthousiasme over te brengen.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Very pretty detail in the flower heads and sepals.

25 Feb 2011 12:33pm

@Julie Brown: That is the element that attracted my attention to the species. We have several members of the genus in Belgium too, but non of those have these patterns in the flower. Greetz !

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Großartig - mit allen Details ! Ein schönes Wochenende wünscht Sonja

25 Feb 2011 6:02pm

@Loner: Thank you very much, Sonja. Wild flowers are my passion - I just can't hide it :-))) Greetz !

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful colours and details, the soft blurred background works nice here.

25 Feb 2011 6:25pm

@Don Levesque: Glad you like this image, Don. Making these type of plant-portraits is my favorite type of photographs. Have a nice day !

anne from zwolle, Netherlands

mooi gedaan met de scherptediepte...

25 Feb 2011 10:54pm

@anne: Dit is mijn favoriete manier van fotograferen ... zowel qua beeldopbouw, scherptediepte als onderwerp. Fijne dag voor je !

jeffrey from Haydenville, United States

excellent! great color and detail!

25 Feb 2011 11:09pm

@jeffrey: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Jeffrey.

zecarlos from Lisboa, Portugal

Great macro.

26 Feb 2011 1:11am

@zecarlos: Thank you very much, Zecarlos.

Canon EOS 400D
1/500 second
ISO 200
150 mm