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The peony is among the longest-used flowers in ornamental culture and is one of the smallest living creature national emblems in China. Along with the plum blossom, it is a traditional floral symbol of China, where it is called 牡丹 (mǔ dān). It is also known as 富贵花 (fuguihua) "flower of riches and honour", and is used symbolically in Chinese art. In 1903, the Qing Dynasty declared the peony as the national flower.

Currently, the Republic of China on Taiwan designates the plum blossom as the national flower, while the People's Republic of China has no legally designated national flower. In 1994, the peony was proposed as the national flower after a nationwide poll, but the National People's Congress failed to ratify the selection. In 2003, another selection process has begun, but to date, no choice has been made. (Wikipedia)
This series consists of 3 photos of peonies taken in my garden in the middle of August. V1 was taken in the morning and V2 and 3 in late afternoon.

f14 1/2000sec zoom at 300mm spot metered natural morning light

Many thanks for your comments on my recent photos. Always appreciated.
Let me know which version you like best. Thank you.

Have a nice day as the sun should appear some time,

Jean-Nol

Camera:Nikon D50 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 70-300mm VR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:GLIMPSES OF SUMMER (7)
Username:JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
Uploaded:25 Sep 2008 - 9:59 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flower, Flowers & plants, Garden, Gloucestershire, Paeonia, Peony
Votes:47
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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2008 - 10:11 AM

v3 for me, think might benefit from closer crop on left.

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jdenman
jdenman  6 Spain5 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2008 - 10:25 AM

I really like V3 also, super shots.
John

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2008 - 10:26 AM

Three superb shots, delicate and just lovely.
Your pf has a lot of beautiful pictures.
chris

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Sylviwhalley
Sylviwhalley e2 Member 797 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2008 - 10:42 AM

Love them all the light and colours are gorgeous.
Sylvia

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2008 - 10:48 AM

Simply gorgeous, Jean-Noel, what a wonderful flower to enhance your garden with. Carol

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64377 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2008 - 10:52 AM

I like V2 best as it has a bit of movement. Very pretty.
Chris

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photophantom
25 Sep 2008 - 10:54 AM

Great exposure JNC. Gorgeous shots and details
Dennis

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2himanshu
2himanshu  6 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2008 - 10:59 AM

very good capture

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konu
konu  631 forum posts United Kingdom
25 Sep 2008 - 11:24 AM

v1 for me

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2008 - 11:48 AM

I always find the peony so hard to capture creatively-- You have done so here, excellent images!
jennnnnn

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TyChee
TyChee e2 Member 9187 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2008 - 11:58 AM

V2 for me.
Ty

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piccy
piccy  8 Wales
25 Sep 2008 - 12:09 PM

V3 for me, interesting facts.
Freda

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whiteswan01
25 Sep 2008 - 12:11 PM

wow superb love the lighting
Dawn

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2008 - 12:20 PM

Very delicate

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LynneJoyce
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25 Sep 2008 - 12:23 PM

LOVE number3 - the lighting is excellent on all of them.

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 7417 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1001 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2008 - 12:31 PM

V2 for me, simply stunning. V1 is attractive, but I find that white dot a bit distracting.
Moira

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Bob_V
Bob_V  6 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2008 - 4:07 PM

Three lovely images, V3 is my favorite.
Bob

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Scaramanga
Scaramanga e2 Member 637 forum postsScaramanga vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2008 - 5:29 PM

Beautiful set.

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HUMIE
HUMIE  7 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2008 - 5:45 PM

All good ....V2 for me JNC.

*Mike*

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Mikelane
Mikelane  7 Wales
25 Sep 2008 - 7:04 PM

Three great images well captured regards
Mike

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BURNSIE
BURNSIE e2 Member 525 forum postsBURNSIE vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2008 - 9:17 PM

Excellent shot.Burnsie

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kanu
kanu  6 India
26 Sep 2008 - 8:07 AM

very good capture Jean......V2 is superb !!

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JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
26 Sep 2008 - 8:45 AM

Thank you very much for your comments and remarks.
I'm glad you loke them all but V3 seems to have won the day. JNC

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DolphinLady
26 Sep 2008 - 9:39 AM

V3 for me as well....absolutely gorgeous.
Hilary

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