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Borago officinalis, more commonly known as borage, is an annual wild flower rich in potassium and other nitrous salts which give it a number of medicinal uses. It has a much-branching habit, and is hairy with large, stalked leaves. The star-shaped flowers are blue and face towards the ground, similar to hellebores. Borage is used to treat inflammation, conditions of the liver and the respiratory system, scarlet fever, measles, chickenpox, acute rheumatism and rheumatic and arthritic pain. It is drunk as a tea, made from 10g of flowers to one litre of boiling water. The leaves and flowers are eaten in salads or can be cooked like spinach. The wilted leaves, used as a poultice, ripen abcesses and boils and soothe burns.

Hope everyone has better weekend weather than I have at the moment, torrential rain, gale-force winds and thunder!

Brand:Olympus
Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:borago officinalis
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:19 Feb 2011 - 5:30 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, General, Wildlife / nature
Votes:84
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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 5:52 AM

Three lovely images, all have fabulous detail and beautiful colour............Sandy

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 6:56 AM

A marvellous set, Carol, the detail being exquisite, as is the lighting. If I had to choose the winner it would possibly be V 3, but a difficult choice, each shot being so interesting, detailed and beautifully lit. And an interesting write up too.....did not know anything about the plant.
Ronnie.

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gabriel_flr
19 Feb 2011 - 7:02 AM

A superb close-up with perfect write-up Carol! The blue tones make a great contrast. I will try to find this flower during the summer but i am not sure if it grows here...
wish you a happy weekend,
Gabriel

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 7:32 AM

brilliant set of captures caro wonderful light and detail v3 for me today a cracker very nice one Wink
andy

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 8:03 AM

An excellent set Carol and a very informative write up - I shall have to get some for my arthritus

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 8:19 AM

I learn so much from your uploads. Brilliant. I love the blue!

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 8:28 AM

Brilliant indeed. Always wondered what it looked like, we occasionally buy borage honey. Well taken.
jon

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moiral
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19 Feb 2011 - 8:41 AM

3 gorgeous shots Carol. Lovely colours and lighting. The detail is very good. Good, interesting narrative. Moira

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madbilly
madbilly  6 England4 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 8:54 AM

Nice colour and detail Carol and a nice write up too. Oh for some better weather here too

Bill

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 - 8:58 AM

Carol these are teasers! I kept looking for the inevitable insect with your signature in it! Beautiful images indeed.
IB

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acousticmist
19 Feb 2011 - 9:21 AM

Three superb close ups, well done..............Martin

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digital_boi
19 Feb 2011 - 9:23 AM

superb detail and light every pit as prickly looking as some of your bugs V3 for me click

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 9:37 AM

Three lovely shots Carol.
Alvar
Tomorrow !!!!! Smile

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 9:43 AM

Excellent close up with fine detail,very well taken too,
saeid

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 6268 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 9:44 AM

another stunning set Carol

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 10:52 AM

Well these are all so beautiful ...
Have looked so many times and one doesnt jump out at me
Sorry I cant give you the 3 votes you deserve

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
19 Feb 2011 - 10:57 AM

Excellent set Carol, some nice detail captured in all 3,
Fred.

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91911 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 11:17 AM

V1 & V3 for me Carol - lovely colour flower and superb detail on the buds.
Brian.

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hary60
hary60  5 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2011 - 11:28 AM

Three excellent images V2 for me today
Harry

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achieverswales
19 Feb 2011 - 11:59 AM

Good set Carol
V1 for me!

Regards

Trev.

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samarmishra
19 Feb 2011 - 12:54 PM

Hi Carol this is an excellent set of images, but my vote goes to V3, but nevertheless all the images are excellent.. Excellent lightning and the hairy structure looks fabulous.

Samar..

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
19 Feb 2011 - 12:58 PM

Hi Carol thanks for the info, great set, rubbish weather here,gray

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
19 Feb 2011 - 1:08 PM

A lovely little flower. Lovely blue.
JNC

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susanbarton
19 Feb 2011 - 1:14 PM

Hi Carol

lovely shot of a beautiful flower, also often severd in Pimms! (so many uses)

Susan

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 1:25 PM

I choose V3 today a very pretty flower shot with an almost unusual colour

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 1:53 PM

Great set & the information is a bonus.

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charly16
charly16 Junior Member 3 England
19 Feb 2011 - 1:57 PM

Lovely flower Smile

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 2:23 PM

Fine work Carol, the detail and clarity in each is most impressive

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 2:32 PM

beautifully lit and capture Carol
regards
Yung

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 2:37 PM

So beautifully captured Carol, love the colour, and all so well captured the clarity here is stunning
Weather not too bad here, at least no wind or rain just cold)Wink but up north they have snow again!Sad
Lillian

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 4:08 PM

A very beautiful shade of blue, lovely captures, Carol. Think V1 has to be my fave, it shows off those hairy bud thingies best Smile
Lotsa snow again here this morning Sad But at least it's now melting Smile
Trev Smile

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unicorn17  6 Scotland
19 Feb 2011 - 4:31 PM

More fabulous images and interesting write up .Gill

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Beautiful detailed images Carol - V1 is my fav !

Chris

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 5:38 PM

Coming to this late in the day, sorry, but visitors this weekend. I love this flower. Used to grow it in my farmhouse garden where it popped up all over the place. Gather it is lovely in a Pimms too, along with all those other uses! Lovely detail and colour in this set. We had snow this morning, by the way!

Ann

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Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 6:01 PM

wow. great work in this set, the colour and detail are really amazing. Gorgeous work

Linda

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 6:28 PM

Beautiful flowers Carol. All are lovely, I think it would be invidious to choose one more than another.
Ron

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 6:30 PM

Three beauties Carol with terrific detail, tones and textures in all. I particularly like the angle and the presentation in V2 - makes this gorgeous flower look so exotic and mysterious. Super narrative too.
Sylvia

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Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 6:39 PM

Lovely lighting and sharp detailed close ups Carol and wonderful colour of the flower. Gary

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19 Feb 2011 - 7:25 PM

All good Carol, but definitely #1 for me today - well done...Bill

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Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 9:27 PM

Lovely detail and colour Carol, 3 cracking images.
Pete.

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HobbitDave
19 Feb 2011 - 11:09 PM

Three beautiful Borage images Carol; the blue is such a striking colour, and I never cease to be amazed by Olly's DOF especially in v.1. Superb. Beautiful and healing plant images.
Dave.

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LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2011 - 11:28 PM

Excellent set of detailed & colored captures, of this exotic blue-colored & medicinal flower, Carol. v1 would be my favorite picture, Today. Hope that your Weekend in Crete, will be getting better soon.
Ciao...Peter

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Anjantoo
Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2011 - 12:34 AM

You mean you really do have bad weather in Crete!
Beautiful captures, love the way you have presented them, especially V2.
Jann
xxx

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fudgy  448 forum posts United Kingdom
20 Feb 2011 - 1:51 AM

wow what a write up , fascinating Smile

beautiful shot and amazing colour going on Smile

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20 Feb 2011 - 7:14 AM

Three stunning captures and a great write up! A

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  8222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2011 - 9:16 AM

Love the blue hue this flower,lovely detail as ever carol.

(No,2 is up,stark in comparision to no, 1)

Aidan,,

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20 Feb 2011 - 12:39 PM

This is superb Carol . Gave it an AWARD xxx The blue is dazzling and the detail of it's hairiness is first class xxx

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raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
20 Feb 2011 - 3:10 PM

brilliant shots carol,love your presentation,and that powder blue colour,WOW.ray

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