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Silene colorata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 27 February 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"

Silene colorata is one of the 27 species of Silene in Crete. The plant prefers sandy and stony beaches where it often forms a beautiful pink carpet. It has trailing or erect stems and small, lanceolate leaves. The tiny flowers (the petals are only 5 to 8mm long) are on stalks and arranged in a loose spike. The calyx is cylindrical, swollen at the tip with russet-coloured stripes. The petals are pink, divided into two deep lobes. Look a little closer and each flower is very impressive, tiny and perfect !

Image: Agios Pavlos (Crete) - 09/04/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/1250 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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sunstone_maria from California, United States

so sweet .. beautiful!!

27 Feb 2011 6:14am

@sunstone_maria: Wild flowers are my favorite subject in making images. Thanks for your comment again, Maria.

Co33 from libourne, France

Très jolie composition. cette fleurette est bien courageuse compte tenu de ce qui semble etre son environnment...

27 Feb 2011 7:22am

@Co33: This plant can be found in sandy and stony locations, so indeed not a very hostile environment for plants. I'm always amazed how plants can survive in hard conditions. Thanks for your comment, Co.

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Very nice! The composition is great.

27 Feb 2011 8:45am

@Marilla: Thanks, Marilla ! Greetz !

Remus from Portugal

Excellent close-up details with superb lighting.

27 Feb 2011 12:05pm

@Remus: I'm glad you like this image too, Remus. Thanks for commenting again.

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Love the dof you used here. Colours are beautiful.

27 Feb 2011 1:14pm

@Don Levesque: The limited dof helps to attract the attention to the subject - It is my idea of a plant - "portrait" ... Glad you like this, Don.

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Excellent !!

27 Feb 2011 6:58pm

@Olivier: Thank you very much, Olivier.

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

I like the colour, and I like the effect, almost 3D raised from the background.

27 Feb 2011 9:31pm

@Michael: I like to use limited DOF in making plant-images. Thanks for your comment again, Michael.

Ehlehminee from Los Angeles, California, United States

Beautiful color!

27 Feb 2011 11:57pm

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

Canon EOS 400D
1/1250 second
ISO 200
150 mm