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Asphodelus aestivus, or common asphodel, is a tall flowering perennial, often reaching 1.5 metres or more. It emits a sweet, unpleasant scent which often causes nausea. It can be found in large colonies in meadows and barren land.

For the ancient greeks the asphodel was a symbol of mourning, it was planted in cemeteries so that the starchy roots could be used as nourishment for the souls of the dead. The bulbs of the asphodel contain so much starch that, if they are boiled in a large quantity of water, they can be used for food in periods of famine. Shoemakers used to pound the roots into a mortar and make a very strong glue, ideal for leather. Even alcohol can be produced from the bulbs. The plant has heart-tonic, diuretic and healing properties. An ointment was made from the grated bulb, boiled in wine until it formed a cream, and used for the cure and healing of gangrene, mastitis and boils.

Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:asphodelus aestivus
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:9 Feb 2009 - 4:46 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flower, Flowers & plants, General, Plant, Wild
Votes:105
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CherryMartin
9 Feb 2009 - 4:55 AM

Wonderful images Carol.

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iancam  6 England
9 Feb 2009 - 5:20 AM

Beautiful images and presentation
Ian

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9 Feb 2009 - 5:23 AM

Great set, V2's presentation is really good.
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9 Feb 2009 - 5:26 AM

Like the light in these Carol.V2 my favourite.
Tom.

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basu  6 India
9 Feb 2009 - 5:37 AM

very good capture, well composition.
basu

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Koert  636 forum posts Netherlands
9 Feb 2009 - 6:02 AM

beautiful set
and sounds like a useful plant doesn't it?

koert

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2himanshu  6 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 - 7:06 AM

great one, beautiful

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 7:06 AM

Fantasdtic Carol, what more can I say?

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viscostatic
9 Feb 2009 - 7:39 AM

Beautiful and interesting Carol. Then composition in V3 is my favourite.

Phil.

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ugly
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9 Feb 2009 - 7:43 AM

A very nice detailed shot...
Very nice colours and sharpness...
A better boarder than mine...


Dave

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sparrowhawk
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9 Feb 2009 - 8:13 AM

wonderful little shots

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9 Feb 2009 - 8:21 AM

Great that the scent dont comes along, a beuatiful flower anyway

Peter

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barbarahirst
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9 Feb 2009 - 8:24 AM

3 great shots
And thanks for the info as well

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srikanta
srikanta  6 India
9 Feb 2009 - 8:36 AM

Fine composition & good shot.

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
9 Feb 2009 - 8:37 AM

Reminds me of a great trip to the Aeolian islands a few years ago. I got very excited when I saw some asphodels for the first time. Such a striking flower.
Your 3 versions are excellent and show the beauty of this flower. JNC

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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
9 Feb 2009 - 8:45 AM

Super set of shots, I think No 3 has the added X factor for me, things are coming on very slowly here, back to the hospital in a min with Dad (hopalong)

Nicky

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videotec
videotec  6 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 - 8:47 AM

This is georgeous Carol, I particually like V2 because of the lovely presentation
Pete

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BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 - 8:52 AM

Yet again you have given use three cracking images
Dave

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 8:57 AM

3 great images Carol, can't pick between them
Steve

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9 Feb 2009 - 9:01 AM

I have seen Asphodels growing wild in Greece , Turkey and Cyprus Carol . I didn't realise how useful they could be . Three great shots. Thanks for telling us xxx Smile

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 - 9:30 AM

The shots and informatikon are superb, what a clever plant, makes you realise each plant is there for a reason.
Mavis

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Natzdad
Natzdad  529 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 9:42 AM

Beautiful set,love the framing in V2..........Mick

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HuntedDragon
9 Feb 2009 - 9:58 AM

v1 and v2

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9 Feb 2009 - 10:00 AM

Three beautiful images, thanks for the information , it looks a spectacular flower.
Sylvia

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whiteswan01
9 Feb 2009 - 10:05 AM

3 gorgeous shots nice lighting and well presented
Dawn

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GalleryGirl
9 Feb 2009 - 10:11 AM

Nice light captured Carol. Clever you on 2 best of week gallery photos! Wink
Marilyn xx

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sanjan  6 Scotland
9 Feb 2009 - 10:13 AM

Beautiful Carol , love v2. Janine

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9 Feb 2009 - 12:10 PM

Great set Carol

Jon

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RuthyJ
RuthyJ  8 England
9 Feb 2009 - 12:19 PM

Very pretty Carol.
Thanks for the advice I will give it a go.
Ruth.

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Silverzone
9 Feb 2009 - 12:20 PM

Superb set too hard to choose. Sylvia

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pluckyfilly
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9 Feb 2009 - 12:26 PM

I like all three Carol but V3 has a difference about it that works very well

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9 Feb 2009 - 12:45 PM

The site went down for maintenance just as I was trying to open this earlier! Worth the wait, I can't decide between V1 & V3, but I definitely want the darker background. Maybe V1 is more dynamic, V3 more reflective. Love shadows on white petals, that's a special sort of magic.
Moira

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lonely_oryx
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9 Feb 2009 - 12:58 PM

Great shots as always

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dianah
dianah  824474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 1:10 PM

These are all fabulous Carol..wonderful light and the framing is excellent.
Di

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Joline
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9 Feb 2009 - 1:11 PM

I am really enjoying your herbalist lore. The photography is always a pleasure to view. v3 is my favorite.

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ray_paul  6 England
9 Feb 2009 - 1:16 PM

wonderful set of images great detail and lighting interesting write up nice presentation-ray

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motorsportpictures

Amazing shots.
Scott

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 1:52 PM

All 3 are beautiful. I like V3 most, V1 second and V3 third. The way the flower is lit and its composition make 3 my favorite. Like the way 2 is presented. And 1 the light on the flower is nicer than 2.
But all are superb.

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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 2:31 PM

Such marvelous light in these beauties Carol, a interesting write up, also.
Bob

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derekv e2 Member 7derekv vcard England
9 Feb 2009 - 2:40 PM

Hi, Carol, three superb shots from you again, beautiful detail and lighting. Been to hospital again today they were concerned I could have DVT, but hopefully they are wrong, thanks for asking. Best wishes.
Derek

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 3:06 PM

Particularly like V1 here.
Such an interesting flower and well presented.
Well done Carol.

B.

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texturencolour

What a stunning flower! and so well photographed. I particularly like the dark background, which really shows the flower off to its best advantage.Great light too. Your images just get better and better.
jennifer

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9 Feb 2009 - 3:29 PM

All excellent images Carol, with beautiful light and detail.
Anne

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SlowSong e2 Member 64390 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 3:34 PM

I love the hard directional lighting on these images. V1 is especially beautiful, but V3 has a strangeness about it which is appealing.
Chris

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9 Feb 2009 - 3:54 PM

Three beautiful presentations Carol lovely detail.
Pauline.

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joze  7 Slovenia
9 Feb 2009 - 4:11 PM

Beautiful, mybe a little to harsh ligt.
Rgds.Joze

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glyndwr  766 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 4:21 PM

V2 for me Carol.

Robert

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SoulOfNature
9 Feb 2009 - 4:42 PM

These are stunning with great presentations.

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RTDS  5 Cyprus
9 Feb 2009 - 4:46 PM

Excellent captures Carol.
Like the the way the sunlight catches the flowers.
Amazing details and colours.
Robert

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franfoto  6 England32 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 5:11 PM

All three are lovely shots but #2 stands right out for me. What an unusual flower.
Fran

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MRSbiscuit60
9 Feb 2009 - 5:57 PM

Great info Carol, lovely blooms too. Trish

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betts  6 England
9 Feb 2009 - 6:34 PM

They all fantastic shots, but i do love V2 great presentation.
betts

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 6:39 PM

v2 for me.lesley

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GeorgeRusky
9 Feb 2009 - 6:45 PM

Hi Carol
Super set of images, simply the best!
Cheers
george

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microchip  7 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 - 6:57 PM

What an amazing plant Carol, Beautifully captured and presented in each of the Images,
Alan

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maratsuikka
9 Feb 2009 - 7:00 PM

Fantastic!!!!!v2 this time,my friend

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Dinney  6 England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 7:42 PM

Beautiful shots, well detailed and presented Carol, also interesting write up.
Kev

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teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2009 - 9:04 PM

Another trio of truly exquisite flower close-ups and wonderful presentation in all. This flower, with superb detail, tones, textures and light has an atmosphere of being shrouded in mystery.

I can add to your wonderful write-up:- as a child I was fascinated by Greek mythology, especially the story of Mother Earth (Demeter/Ceres) and her daughter Persephone (Proserpine) and the reason why we have winter. Hades(Pluto), the King of the Underworld, fell in love with Persephone and caused a flower - this flower - to grow in a spot where the young girl and her playmates were gathering flowers. She had never seen such a bloom before and when she grasped it and pulled, the earth opened and Hades appeared in his chariot, snatched her and took her down to the Underworld to be his bride. Demeter, Mother Earth, went into mourning and everything died down and it became winter. She begged that her daughter be returned and was told that she could return unless she had eaten anything in the Underworld. She had eaten 4 pomegranite seeds and hence for 4 months of the year she has to return to the Underworld and we have to suffer winter!
Incidentally, the area of the Underworld similar to our Purgatory is called the Asphodel Fields - where the souls of the dead, who were neither good nor bad in their lives, roam.

Sylvia

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9 Feb 2009 - 9:54 PM

Beautiful shots again Carol, lovely write up too,
Geoff.

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9 Feb 2009 - 10:16 PM

Wonderful Work !

Rock

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10 Feb 2009 - 5:40 AM

Beautiful Carol......Bill

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piccy  8 Wales
10 Feb 2009 - 4:55 PM

Versatile little plant, three lovely views.
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bunbeam  8 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 - 10:32 PM

all beauties
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Dotrob  8 Wales
11 Feb 2009 - 5:37 PM

Super light and detail.
Dot

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gillykins  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Feb 2009 - 5:54 PM

V2 for me Carol
Gill

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marecki  6 Poland
12 Feb 2009 - 12:51 PM

Great light and detail. Nice.
Marek

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unicorn17  6 Scotland
12 Feb 2009 - 5:20 PM

such wonderful detail and information. gill

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12 Feb 2009 - 10:49 PM

Superb set once more. V2 is absolutely brilliant.
Johanna

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