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The Hydrangea are coming into bloom here. I love this stage before the colour fully develops in the flowers.
V2 - Interesting start to the flower
A huge thank you to Richard, Ray, Mike, Pam and Eileen for giving my daylily their precious Users Awards , as well as to everyone who commented and voted on it - I really do appreciate the interaction Smile
Sad news is that Nelson Mandela passed away last night, it was inevitable yet still a sad time for our nation.
Have a super day and weekend.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Lens:4.3 - 215.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24.0 - 1200.8 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Nov 2013 - 7:05 AM
Focal Length:168mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:250
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Hydrangea
Username:Hermanus Hermanus
Uploaded:6 Dec 2013 - 3:19 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Hydrangea
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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 3:47 AM

Beautiful images v1 seems better.

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abeeror2
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6 Dec 2013 - 4:00 AM

Both lovely great shots, v2 gets the big thumbs up from down under!

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handlerstudio
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6 Dec 2013 - 4:03 AM

Herman, I have just heard the news. My deepest condolences on the death of Mandela! one of the great leaders we will ever see.

Peter

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jaktis
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6 Dec 2013 - 4:07 AM

I haven't heard it on the radio yet, a great person indeed. LOvely flowers also

Peter

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Louise_Morris
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6 Dec 2013 - 4:08 AM

Beautiful shot Herman, Lou

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 2ukgubbi vcard India
6 Dec 2013 - 4:45 AM

You are presenting this lovely bouquet to us. Sad about your great leader. I was in Johansberg last November and saw his statue as well as that of Mahatma gandhi's. Great world leaders.

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6 Dec 2013 - 4:53 AM

both are beautiful.

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 4:59 AM

Love the way you've presented this Herman. Grin Peter.

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WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
6 Dec 2013 - 5:05 AM

A nice artistic touch to this magic capture of V1. Well done Herman.

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kuvailija
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6 Dec 2013 - 5:54 AM

Very sorry about Nelson Mandela!Sad --- --- --- --- --- --- Very lovely flower-images though !GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile

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Diggeo e2 Member 1Diggeo vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 5:55 AM

Two beautiful images Herman!
Sad news indeed. He will be remembered!

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 6:13 AM

Two beautiful shots.

It is a sad time for the world herman. Mandela was a great inspiration to us all.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 6:16 AM

A fine pair of images, Herman, and a sad loss for SA, no-one will forget him. Carol

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6101 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 6:45 AM

A lovely bloom Herman on a sad day.

Andy

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 6:48 AM

two belters herman wonderful detail super tones and colours v2 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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mistere
mistere e2 Member 1mistere vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 6:54 AM

Two lovely images H. A sad day, one that will be remembered around the word. As will the man.

Dave.

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Caziwinkles
6 Dec 2013 - 7:12 AM

A lovely image Herman - do you know their colour can change dependent on the soil - acidic or alkaline?
Sad day for the world - an iconic figure who was a true inspiration - '...I have a dream...'.

Carol

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 7:22 AM

Beautiful shots and so sorry to hear of Nelson's passing a great man with a wonderful smile.

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 7:29 AM

Yes he was a legend and there will never be anyone quite like him in the future. he achieved immense things for SA. Great images. V1 for me love the presentation. paul

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2193 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 7:31 AM

Hi from Adelaide Herman...already 6 pm here...had a full hot day. Two beautiful images, you are becoming quite the flower photographer ..GrinGrin....yes a sad day for us with the death of Nelson Mandela. Sad both cricket teams are wearing black arm bands here today and had a minutes silence...very touching

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6 Dec 2013 - 7:40 AM

V2 for me Herman. A super image and wonderful texture in the petals GrinGrin

Kathryn

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6 Dec 2013 - 7:52 AM

Two beautiful images Herman,
Fred.

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 8:46 AM

Two gorgeous captures Herman, you have handled the delicate, pastel shades very well.


Ray

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marshfam19
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6 Dec 2013 - 8:52 AM

Two beautiful images Herman but for me I love V2 best.

Mary Grin

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ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 8:59 AM

Your pictures are up to your exceptional standard, Herman.

There is a statue of Mandela outside Parliament in the UK.
The greatest man in my lifetime I think.

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6 Dec 2013 - 9:08 AM

A lovely flower well taken.Smile

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6 Dec 2013 - 9:13 AM

Love the fange of colours that Hydrangea can give you...two great shots GrinGrin

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Lillian
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6 Dec 2013 - 9:51 AM

Two lovely images Herman
First image is my choice
very sad about Nelson Mandela
lillian

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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
6 Dec 2013 - 9:54 AM

Love v1, so delicate & beautiful.

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6 Dec 2013 - 10:32 AM


Quote: Herman, I have just heard the news. My deepest condolences on the death of Mandela! one of the great leaders we will ever see.

Peter

The first I heard was here and I join with Peter and others in mourning the death of one of the truly great men that ever walked this earth.

Your Hydrangea images are superb, Herman. Well up to your normal standards.

Simon

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achieverswales
6 Dec 2013 - 10:47 AM

Like both but V2 just edging in front Herman. RIP Nelson a great man.


Regards

Trev.

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
6 Dec 2013 - 10:55 AM

Both excellent Herman slightly prefer V1 a wonderful presentation.

John

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morpheus1955
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6 Dec 2013 - 11:27 AM

Two beautiful images Herman, love them both

Hugh

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indysteve1949
6 Dec 2013 - 12:00 PM

So sorry for the loss on M. N., a sad day for the entire worldSad V2 for me, beautifully presentedSmileSmile

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Joline
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6 Dec 2013 - 1:09 PM

The hydrangea is beautiful in all seasons, a perfect floral tribute to one of the great men of the 20th century.

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 1:26 PM

A beautiful tribute to a very great man who will be mourned world over,

Ali

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 1:31 PM

2 great images Herman, one of my wifes favorite flowersSmile


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6 Dec 2013 - 1:57 PM

Your nation is greatly enriched by Mr. Mandela-- Sad to hear of his passing----Let his good work continue! and your hydrangea is beautifully photographed!

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6 Dec 2013 - 3:58 PM

Herman your photos are getting better than each day GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

lovely captures

David

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NDODS e2 Member 43242 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
6 Dec 2013 - 5:48 PM

Two most impressive floral compositions Herman. Image number two for me please...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2013 - 6:10 PM

Outstanding blooms and man, Herman.

P.

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GeorgePlatis
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6 Dec 2013 - 6:12 PM

Excellent captures of this beautiful flower, wonderful presented !
Regards,
George

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6 Dec 2013 - 6:17 PM

Two beauties, Herman!
V2 is stunning.

Richard

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6 Dec 2013 - 7:23 PM

Two lovely images HermanSmile
NettaSmile

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6 Dec 2013 - 7:36 PM

V2 my fave here Herman, lovely image!
Diane

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EileenH  1 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2013 - 7:52 PM

Two lovely imagesSmile

Eileen

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6 Dec 2013 - 9:57 PM

Two lovely shots Herman. Cathy

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jacquig
6 Dec 2013 - 10:18 PM

There is a lovely freshness to these two images. I love the soft tones of v1 all working together, but equally v2's vibrant contrasting colours are really striking. Smile
Very sad news about Nelson Mandela.

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6 Dec 2013 - 11:09 PM

V1 is a purely pale and delicate one. V2 is my favourite though.
Beautifully taken……..WinkWinkWink

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nonur
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7 Dec 2013 - 1:03 AM

Two excellent images, Herman. I love both of them.
Passing away of Nelson Mandela, although inevitable, is a great loss. He will always be remembered with great respect not only by his own nation but also by all the nations of the world.

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Lynniesefforts
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7 Dec 2013 - 4:14 AM

Beautiful Herman... love V2.. great shot...my hydrangeas are nearly in full colour now...Purple mine are.. they are such an eyecatcher Grin

Lynette Grin

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ChiliMan
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7 Dec 2013 - 7:30 AM

WOW to V2!! I've never seen hydrangea at that stage and you've taken a GORGEOUS shot of it there, Herman.

Very nice SmileSmile

Andrew

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7 Dec 2013 - 2:54 PM

......and this one too!WinkGrin
Ryan

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11 Dec 2013 - 4:31 AM

V2 is absolutely spectacular Herman!
M

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Chinga
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29 Dec 2013 - 1:14 AM

Both such good images, perfect for such a tribute of this very special man...
IB

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