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A change for you all today, a flower Wink

Capparis spinosa, the caper bush, also called Flinders rose, is a perennial winter-deciduous plant that bears rounded, fleshy leaves and large white to pinkish-white flowers. The plant is best known for the edible flower buds (capers), often used as a seasoning, and the fruit (caper berry), both of which are usually consumed pickled. Other species of Capparis are also picked along with C. spinosa for their buds or fruits. Other parts of Capparis plants are used in the manufacture of medicines and cosmetics.

The Caper Bush is an important culinary ingredient in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. The herb is also used in French and Italian cuisine, in salads and soups.
The Caper Bush is credited with antioxidant properties, which improve the body’s immune system and delay the signs of aging. It is also a potent antiviral, an anti-inflammatory and an astringent. The Caper Bush possesses strong antiviral properties which are beneficial in the preliminary treatment of acute viral hepatitis and liver cirrhosis. As an antioxidant, it is helpful in delaying the signs of aging like wrinkle formation. The herb is also an anti-inflammatory that is useful in treating the pain associated with joint aches and rheumatism.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:and not a bug in sight!
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:27 Jul 2013 - 5:35 AM
Tags:Capparis spinosa, Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flower, Flowers & plants, General, Nature, Wildlife / nature
Votes:79
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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  1 India1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 5:37 AM

Excellent images v1 looks better.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
27 Jul 2013 - 5:43 AM

What a stunning flower and superb images Carol !!! Great write up too ! They look so much different from what we call caper flowers here which is also edible and has healing properties Smile

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2155 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 6:02 AM

Gosh...I looked and looked and not even a tiny critter in sight....what a beautiful flower and useful information....both excellent captures

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41018 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England132 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 7:07 AM

Lovely colours, Carol, and it sounds like just what I need Grin

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andylea
andylea e2 Member 537 forum postsandylea vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 7:18 AM

cracking detail carol wonderful colour and light can't split these two they are both stunners GrinGrin nice ones Wink
andy

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
27 Jul 2013 - 7:52 AM

Excellent detail in these 2 beauties Carol,
Fred.

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 7:59 AM

That's it Carol, instructions are going to our gardener in Spain to plant some of these immediately. He is always trying to sneak flowers into my edibles only garden so this plant will keep us all happy. I'll send him the link to these wonderful photographs so that he can't possibly get it wrong.

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 - 8:05 AM

Gorgeous! My brain seems to prefer the one on the left-hand side (V1) Grin

P.

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Caziwinkles
27 Jul 2013 - 8:16 AM

This is a lovely - and different - flower. I searched and searched just in case there was a little tiny bug hidden somewhere...!! Wink

Carol

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sparrowhawk
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27 Jul 2013 - 8:16 AM

beautiful

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 8:19 AM

Aren't they beautiful! I've seen them in Africa and they were highly scented.
Ann

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Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 697 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 8:50 AM

No bugs but still a beautiful image.

Andy

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 9:12 AM

Very different Carol. Still excellent though.
I live in hope of butterflies on the Sedum, we usually get Gatekeepers, large whites, speckled woods and an occasional Common Blue which never lands but hops over our garden.
chris

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 9:13 AM

Such a beauty

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unicorn17
unicorn17  5 Scotland
27 Jul 2013 - 9:37 AM

Beautiful Carol ! Wonderful capture and write up . Gx HOT here today !!!!Wink

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5240 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 9:41 AM

Beautiful images Carol!!

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1080 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
27 Jul 2013 - 9:51 AM

A very beautiful flower

Peter

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GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 9:53 AM

Excellent captures!!
George

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digital_boi
27 Jul 2013 - 11:10 AM

two beastless captures Carol wow two cracking captures

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 11:37 AM

Carol two excellent images of the Caper Flower, which I tried to capture in Santorini
but didn't get one like yours!
Very interesting narrative too having had jaundice when I was 17, i'm always worried that one day
I'll have live disease.
Also what woman wouldn't want to delay the ageing process.
Combined with it's culinary uses -a very useful plant.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 11:46 AM

Very beautiful flowers Carol - the colours are gorgeous. Excellent images.

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54168 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 11:51 AM

This sounds like an excellent plant. And very pretty too.
x

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 11:59 AM

Beautiful detail. I particularly like v2

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 12:11 PM

WOW What stunning images the sharpness is amazing
mike

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marktc
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27 Jul 2013 - 12:45 PM

Something different Carol and absolutely beautiful.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4137 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 1:07 PM

What a stunning bloom, Carol, captured in excellent detail, and showing up so effectively against the darker b/g tones.
Ronnie.

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 1:25 PM

Two excellent images - beautiful colour pin sharp and as always a very interesting narrative xx

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27 Jul 2013 - 2:42 PM

What no bugs Carol never mind these are so beautiful and fantastic captures, if they slow down aging please send 40Kg fast GrinGrinGrinGrin
Gary

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27 Jul 2013 - 3:25 PM

2 beautiful images Carol,
Geoff.

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 3:35 PM

Two cracking shots, Carol...even if they are bug free! Wink Sounds to be a good plant to grow, especially for it's properties, but I think I'm a bit too far gone for it's magic to work on me! Grin
Trev Smile

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boov
boov  1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 - 3:44 PM

Great duo here...

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 - 5:16 PM

Wonderful but I am missing the bugs... Must say those flowers are just sublime... IB

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basith
basith  1 Sri Lanka
27 Jul 2013 - 5:42 PM

Fabulous capture, good sharp and like it .

Basith

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27 Jul 2013 - 5:51 PM

The inclusion of a bug no matter how charming would simply distract ones eye from the incredible beauty and colour of this gorgeous bloom Carol.

Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Lillian
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27 Jul 2013 - 7:30 PM

stunning clarity Carole
Lillian
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myrab
myrab e2 Member 8myrab vcard United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 - 7:52 PM

Super shots Carol.

Myra

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 8:40 PM

Absolutely gorgeous

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 - 9:21 PM

Brilliand colours, sharpnes and composition Carol,.Great image.
ElenaSmile

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ChrisWallace
27 Jul 2013 - 9:37 PM

Lovely images Carol, they look almost like sea anemones.
Chris

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 10:22 PM

Superb shot and love the flower; sorry I have just given my UA.
Ju

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thedon1941
27 Jul 2013 - 10:42 PM

Two splendid images. Terrific detail. Don

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Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 1Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 - 11:13 PM

Beautiful

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2013 - 11:31 AM

Mind-blowingly beautiful, both.

If I could give this my award, I would. Big time.

Andrew Smile

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2013 - 11:45 AM

the glow in these filigree stamen is fantastic!
sure I like them in my sauces Smile

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
28 Jul 2013 - 7:06 PM

Superb shot and love the flower

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Glostopcat
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28 Jul 2013 - 8:04 PM

Two brilliant botanical images Carol, the clarity is exceptional. As always a fascinating narrative to accompany them

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