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many thanks for your honest comments on the swallowtail Smile

here is a dark sunflower, Chris found the seeds on a sunflower in La Rochelle's botanical garden. now we are glad to have it in our garden!

results are mixed... we got a striped one, this very dark one and one of the same red as the flower it came from. Two didn't survive and two aren't open yet.
The birds will be allowed a comparative study of the flavours later on in the year Smile I think my goldfinches are qualified judges. If your country does allow me to send seeds to you please feel free to ask later on.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3x Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:PC Micro Nikkor 85mm 1:2.8 D Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Jul 2013 - 7:24 PM
Focal Length:85mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.7
Aperture:f/6.7
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:-1.0
ISO:1250
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:a dark glowing sun
Username:annettep38 annettep38
Uploaded:26 Jul 2013 - 5:22 PM
Tags:Ants, Flowers & plants, Insects, Sunflower, Wildlife / nature
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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 5:24 PM

brilliant detail annette fantastic colour and tones love the little visitors a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 5:26 PM

Wow, Annette, what a wonderful variety of sunflower, never seen anything like this before. I wonder if my parrots would like the seeds, and whether they have a different flavour to the yellow ones? Carol

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64595 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 5:26 PM

What a beauty. I'd love some of these mixed in with the more traditional type to make an interesting display.
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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8806 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1636 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 5:31 PM

V2 is my favourite, Annette, V1 looks a little dark because most of the frame is taken up with the flower, but the detail is good. Maybe a little fill flash? The first time I saw red sunflowers, I didn't believe it, but stood and looked at that garden for several minutes, they are certainly eye-catching.

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 5:34 PM

Every small detail is included here, great work.

Best Matt

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 5:41 PM

snap!!!!

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43500 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom105 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 5:51 PM

Impressive both from the aesthetic perspective and from the photographers front...

Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 5:54 PM

Good detail. I prefer v2

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 6:10 PM

Brilliant floral capture and well cropped too.
Matt

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
26 Jul 2013 - 6:25 PM

What a beauty !! I also would have STOLEN seeds had I been there Smile Great images Annette Smile

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
26 Jul 2013 - 6:27 PM

V2 for me Annette.

John

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 6:52 PM

Excellent and superbly detailed images Annette. I think that its V1 for me with that strong crop and closeup.GrinGrinGrin
Ron

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 542 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 6:55 PM

Two beautiful captures, Annette.
Alun

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5259 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 7:18 PM

Excellent detail in both images, Annette!! V1 for me!!

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digital_boi
26 Jul 2013 - 7:36 PM

never seen one that colour before nice one

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10933 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2947 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 7:38 PM

Interesting, Ive never seen a Sunflower this colour.

W

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 3254 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 9:08 PM

Lots of our sunflowers have given up the ghost this year (heatstroke...............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin), so we've cut them down, dried the heads, we will extract the seeds and put them in the feeders for the tweets.................GrinGrinGrinGrin

Nice colour of your sun flower............GrinGrinGrinGrin

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom74 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 9:14 PM

New for me too - red sunflowers - must be quite a sight!
Great with green b/g.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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LynneJoyce
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26 Jul 2013 - 9:15 PM

V2 for me too.

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2209 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 9:37 PM

V2 for me,but I must say that I prefer the yellow sun flower myself.
Plenty seeds there for the birdsSmile
NettaSmile

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Alan_Baseley
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26 Jul 2013 - 10:15 PM

Great close-ups Annette,
Alan

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maggietear
26 Jul 2013 - 11:04 PM

Such a rich colour Annette!
Maggie

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 11:07 PM

Unusual colour but distinctive Annette !! In answer to your question about Roussillon ( there are two !!) of them ( perhaps spelt similar as the French do !!!)
Ron

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2013 - 11:38 PM

I always thought Sunflowers were only yellow Annette,
so you could have blown me down with a grotty birds feather seeing this one !!
Super colours and well detailed too.
Mick.

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Michaela_Solway

Great find of a different type of sunflower. V2 for me today

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hasslebladuk
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27 Jul 2013 - 10:47 AM

Two excellent shots lovely detail
mike

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2013 - 4:09 PM

2 lovely shots but I like V2 best, quite an unusual colour Annette,
Geoff.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2013 - 12:45 AM

What a beautiful and unusual looking sunflower Annette, the retired couple who have an allotment next to me have some of these growing on their plot, they have a second home in france and have brought some of these seeds back. Until I saw theirs i had no idea there was such a thing as a sunflower that was not yellow!

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2013 - 1:03 PM

Two splendid detailed shots; a wonderful colour.
Ju

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christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 3christinecilia vcard England
28 Jul 2013 - 5:24 PM

two lovely shots v2 for me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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