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Capparis spinosa, or caper, 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 grows as a low mounding shrub to 2-3 ft tall with arching red stems and dark green, semi-succulent round leaves. From May until September plants bear a profusion of flower buds, which are the edible capers of commerce. Left unpicked these buds form delicately scented pinkish-white flowers, adorned with long lavender stamens, that open at dawn and close late in the afternoon. Vís 1 & 2 show the rather attractive bloom, Vís 3 & 4 the resulting fruits.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:capparis spinosa
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:9 Sep 2012 - 5:16 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flower, Flowers & plants, General, Lighting, Macro, Nature, Wildlife / nature
Votes:62
Voters:EAS · PhillipMinnis · Ray42 · LynneJoyce · basith · aniamoore · Badgerfred · NaturesHaven · AnnChown · WhiteRose1 · helenlinda · KarenFB · NDODS · Tibetan · barbarahirst · mrswoolybill · andylea · pluckyfilly · dven · Arty · marktc · fificat100 · JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY · mex · digital_boi · SlowSong · hasslebladuk · Irishkate · jennialexander · achieverswales · Joline · TonyDy · Philip_H · Brian65 · CaroleS · RonnieAG · nikshot · Chinga · jaktis · User_Removed · prabhusinha · Metro6R4 · dmhuynh72 · Glostopcat · Ade_Osman · ValSaxby · LexEquine · bagman · brownsilent · Snapitt · exposure · Growmore · shush · bricurtis · pamelajean · Big_Beavis · annettep38 · Deep_Bhatia · WindowonWildlife · gajewski · crookymonsta · iancatch ·
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EAS
EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 5:36 AM

Such an attractive looking flower. Love the tones and details in V1 & 2. Have to say, a little less attractive when the flowering time is over!! Enjoyed your info too.

Ann

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Ray42
Ray42  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 6:40 AM

Excellent and a good write up - first time I knew where capers came from

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce Plus Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 6:59 AM

Mmmmmmmm, Salsa Verde, delicious, especially as I am on The Costa Verde right now. Lovely sharp image.

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basith  2 Sri Lanka
9 Sep 2012 - 7:09 AM

looking very nice....
excellent.

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AnnChown
AnnChown Plus Member 5195 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 8:01 AM

I remember the lovely scent of these flowers. Nicely captured Carol.
Ann
PS I love capers! TongueTongueTongue

Last Modified By AnnChown at 9 Sep 2012 - 8:02 AM

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51312 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England143 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 8:04 AM

Also known as the Caper bush, strangely enough TongueGrin. I always called the seeds of the nasturtium plant capers so I've just googled it. Mine are the 'poorman's caper' Tongue.... figures!! Lovely juicy capture on v3, my favourite, Carol. And I'm feeling all edumacated this morning!!

Dave

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helenlinda
helenlinda Plus Member 7342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 8:19 AM

...............and I've had to Google "edumacated" !!!!!
V1 for me Carol - has a very dainty feel to it Smile
Helen

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 94437 forum postsKarenFB vcard England163 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 8:20 AM

What a beautiful flower! Brilliantly caught!

(I hate capers (Tongue) but was very interested in your write up, now I know where they come from!) Smile

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NDODS Plus Member 44026 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom110 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 8:37 AM

A highly informative and interesting foreword Carol, supported by four equally impressive photographs, full co rich and wonderful colour, great detail, and something in which to admire. My particular favourite has to be photograph number III, simply because of its rather sticky and sumptuous form.

Regards Nathan

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
9 Sep 2012 - 9:04 AM

Interesting narrative always helps, a nice set of four like them all, the flower is very much like the flower of the herb Mertal, wonder if it's of the same family!, like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 9:06 AM

stunning work yet again
V3 looks a bit gruesome...

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8690 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1196 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 9:09 AM

V1 is one of your best flower studies, cool and beautifully composed and presented.
Moira

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly Plus Member 8342 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 9:31 AM

Carol these are beautiful images all of them and the intro so interesting, quite mouth watering V3/4 - very well done

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dven Plus Member 9dven vcard United Kingdom
9 Sep 2012 - 9:31 AM

A stunning set caro ldven

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marktc
marktc Plus Member 460 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 10:04 AM

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

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fificat100
9 Sep 2012 - 10:11 AM

Lovely flower - V1 gets my vote.

Lavina

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY

Beautiful!
JNC

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digital_boi
9 Sep 2012 - 10:53 AM

v1 and 2 def winners bit of a gungie meass are they grow old

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk Plus Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 11:07 AM

Another excellent set of images carol lovely detail and sharpness
mike

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Irishkate
Irishkate Plus Member 432 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom80 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 11:10 AM

It's a beautiful plant Carol and I'm happy to say I 've got pictures also
from Santorini.
My friend Pat knew all the plants, otherwise I wouldn't have known what it was.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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achieverswales
9 Sep 2012 - 11:29 AM

Like them all Carol.

Regards

Trev.

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Joline
Joline Plus Member 8Joline vcard United States52 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 11:49 AM

A great big WOW on all of them, Carol.
Capers are so expensive over here, lucky you to be able to get them fresh from the plant!

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TonyDy
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9 Sep 2012 - 12:00 PM

Beautiful set, carol.
Tony

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CaroleS
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9 Sep 2012 - 2:01 PM

Took some shots of these when we were in Malta Carol, they were growing on the shoreline and we had to go out on numerous occasions just to get the timing right. A lovely set showing the bloom and delicate colours.
Carole

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RonnieAG Plus Member 5148 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 2:16 PM

These are new to me, Carol, and so beautifully capturd.
Ronnie.

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9 Sep 2012 - 3:46 PM

Such a wonderful set of images... My favorite is V3 for the "raw look"... GrinGrin IB

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9 Sep 2012 - 3:53 PM

Excellent

Peter

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha Plus Member 7prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 4:19 PM

Wonder of nature is exposed so vividly. thanks for sharing.

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72  741 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 4:47 PM

excellent detail and lovely colours carol.
regards
yung

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Ade_Osman Plus Member 124521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 5:32 PM

Like me today eh, you've gone all flowery.....Well I almost did Tongue

Ade

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LexEquine  9 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 6:02 PM

'Superb, artistic, & Lovely macro Set' ~ Peter Smile

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brownsilent
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9 Sep 2012 - 6:51 PM

Wow - four superb shots, best quality, as usual.
Johanna

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9 Sep 2012 - 7:07 PM

4 Very good shots Carol. V1 my favourite.

Jane

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9 Sep 2012 - 8:08 PM

Lovely details Carol...
No thunderstorm as promised for today.
Pauline.

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9 Sep 2012 - 8:10 PM

Well good macros Carol, great detail.
Gary

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bricurtis Plus Member 91975 forum postsbricurtis vcard England49 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 9:40 PM

V2 for me Carol - thats a lovely composition.
Brian.

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pamelajean Critique Team 9899 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1713 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 10:11 PM

Love those long stamens in Vs 1 and 2, so very attractive.

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annettep38 Plus Member 3191 forum postsannettep38 vcard France33 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2012 - 11:15 PM

A floral starburst! In excellent detail

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