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A friend gave me this plant last year for my pond. It has grown about 30 sizeable green leaves, and now has one solitary flower-head with beautiful lilac florets on it.

I looked it up on the net and it goes by the name of Pontederia Cordata (huh?...).....AKA locally as Pickerelweed. It is native to North and South America according to Wikipedia, and grows wild in places such as Florida (hi, Christina).
Whatever its name, it is a very beautiful flower. I hope over the next week or two it opens even more.
The hover fly comes as a bonus Wink

Good times to everyone, and many thanks for the votes on my last week's Peacock butterfly.
Dave.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:28-135mm IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:135mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Unusual pond flower
Username:HobbitDave HobbitDave
Uploaded:7 Aug 2011 - 10:40 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Hover fly, Pond, Pond flowers, Pondeteria, Purple pond plant
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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 11:06 AM

good shot of this pretty flower and hover fly and shows well on the b/g

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 11:14 AM

How beautiful, Dave, and wigh the bonus of the hoverfly in V.1, makes it my favourite today. Carol

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 3sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 12:40 PM

Beautiful images Dave, love the light in these images..Lin

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Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 12:53 PM

Lovely images Dave but the star is your V1 with that great lighting and hover fly, superb work. Gary

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
7 Aug 2011 - 12:53 PM

Unusual flower Dave but a beauty, love the light in the shots also.

Len

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 3:25 PM

Beautiful close-up. Superb depth of field and stunning detail. A lovely well composed shot with great lighting.
Steve.

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 5LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom95 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 3:59 PM

Three lovely images with the hoverfly as a bonus in V1, and wonderful lighting in V3.

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 3moiral vcard Scotland
7 Aug 2011 - 4:40 PM

What a lovely plant Dave. 3 very nicely captured shots. Have to favourite V1 with the hoverfly. Moira

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mars
mars  6 England
7 Aug 2011 - 5:10 PM

Well done..what an unusal flower, it certainly looks very exotic !


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ccb
ccb  526 forum posts United States2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 6:29 PM

What a great series, Dave! The lighting is so dramatic and really shows it to effect. I'm afraid I don't recall those from Florida but I was in the city.
Christina

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8226 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 7:05 PM

A first class set Dave, v1 is the pick of the bunch as you've caught the hoverfly coming in to land

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janty66
janty66  6 England
7 Aug 2011 - 7:12 PM

Lovely images...

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Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 11:12 PM

Lovely set Dave and that lighting is so well caught - love the little hover

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bunbeam e2 Member 8bunbeam vcard United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 - 11:25 PM

what a lovely plant, 3 lovely captures
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xwang  431 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
7 Aug 2011 - 11:50 PM

Beautiful light.What the name of the flower,Dave? Is it manual focused photo? Can you tell the difference between manual focused photo and auto focused photo?
Jasmine

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HobbitDave
8 Aug 2011 - 12:05 AM


Quote: Beautiful light.What the name of the flower,Dave? Is it manual focused photo? Can you tell the difference between manual focused photo and auto focused photo?
Jasmine

Hi Jasmine, this was autofucus. Sometimes if the modern lens has a manual fine adjustment it can be used to advantage. This is an older Canon 28-135mm image stabiliser lens, which is heavy, but is my favourite for autofocus. It looks and feels a heavy big old beast, but for me it is very reliable and very accurate, and my favourite 'walk-about' lens despite its weight. Very sharp images.
For old fully manual lenses, I don't think you can tell the difference; it is really up to the user to do the final adjustment. The sharpest lens I have of any is a 1970s Zeiss Flektogon 35/2.4, which is fully manual, but for close up work I find it as sharp as Canon 'L'. You have to have the patience and practice to set everything manually though, including the camera; it's not all automatic like the modern lenses Wink
All the best, Dave.
P.S The flower's common name is Pickerelweed; I had never heard of the name before I found the flower!

Last Modified By HobbitDave at 8 Aug 2011 - 12:07 AM

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Lillian e2 Member 4Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Aug 2011 - 2:50 PM

Great set Dave, but for me V1 is so great capturing at just the right time
perfect
Lillian

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xwang  431 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2011 - 12:00 AM

Thank you very much, Dave. I thuoght it was auto. I don't use manual much with digital anymore. I thought that technically speaking MF&AF should be the same, as long as it was focused. But actually it is more complicated than I thought. i have seen your manual work, that was how I could tell this was not manual...There is a very slight difference. For me, Manual is clearer..automatic is not necessary better, just easier. But nowadays, the digital's manual focus is not really full manual either, still easier than real full manual work, maybe the real manual work is still the best, human eye can see better than cameraSmile
Thank you for the flower name, wish Christina came back hereWink
Jasmine

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Oleg_Lobzin
9 Aug 2011 - 7:44 PM

A magnificent collection of Dave. Flower and insect, amazing.
Regards, Oleg.

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