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Firstly, I'd like to thank Bruffy for the GEA and JustDucky for her UA on my Two Tuscawilla Tigresses. Thankyou Mark and Tammy.

I know they're Lupins, but thought I'd give them the Texas State Flower name.
I took loads of shots of these at West Dean Gardens (situated in the rolling folds of the South Downs National Park in Chichester). Unfortunately, most were backed by large white greenhouses, so I had to change the backgrounds.
Also known as Quaker Bonnet, Old Maid's Bonnet and Jackrabbit, the lupin is a tall ornamental herbaceous perennial with flowers on dense open whorls with a typical peaflower shape.
The protein-rich beans are edible and have long been cultivated for cattle fodder.

The name 'Lupin' derives from the Latin word lupinus or lupus (meaning wolf), and was given with regard to the fact that many found the plant had a tendency to ravage the land on which it grew.
It was thought that the lupin WOLFED down the nutrients from the ground, whereas it actually fertilizes the land around it.
The peas, which appear after the flowering period, were also said to be fit only for the consumption of wolves.

Pamela.

Camera:Canon Powershot SX30 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:4mm
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-0.3
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:AP
Metering Mode:pattern
Flash:no flash
Title:Bluebonnets
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:7 May 2012 - 2:49 PM
Tags:Cultivated and wild, Digitally manipulated, Flowers & plants, Legume, Lupini, Pea, Wildlife / nature
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franken
franken e2 Member 113046 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 2:53 PM

This is beautiful Pamela.

Ken

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DaisyMay84
7 May 2012 - 2:58 PM

lovely vibrant colours!
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JohnChambersPhotography

Very well taken image with very good colours and detail, lovely comp, super shot. 10+++

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54203 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 3:07 PM

Vibrant and clear, and so well put together. This just jumps off the page.
Chris

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PinkK
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7 May 2012 - 3:11 PM

Beautiful

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ANNDORASBOX
7 May 2012 - 3:24 PM

Lovely vivid colour

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7 May 2012 - 3:26 PM

Glorious complementary colours. I love the way the flower heads seem to be in a world of green.
Moira

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PattiW
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7 May 2012 - 3:28 PM

Gorgeous color and detail and they show so well against that pretty BG, Patti

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helenlinda
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7 May 2012 - 3:38 PM

Beautiful flowers and the background colours work very well SmileSmile

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crookymonsta
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7 May 2012 - 3:39 PM

Absolutely stunning image, the background is just perfect.
Sandra

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 3:40 PM

A superb presenation of these beautiful lupins, Pamela, and interesting to see where you took the image, West Dean wasn't very far from my old stomping ground of Findon Village. Carol

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7 May 2012 - 3:44 PM

Gorgeous shot ,superb detail and colour...........Grin

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Paul_cats
Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 4:07 PM

Superb image and beautifully presented. Great work to change the bg too!
Paul

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
7 May 2012 - 4:08 PM

Splendid colourfeast *****Smile
Cor.

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cabbie
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7 May 2012 - 4:11 PM

Top class image well done

Bob

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Len1950
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7 May 2012 - 4:12 PM

Beautiful!! lovely tones with lots of detail.

Len

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 4:18 PM

Excellent choice of background Pamela, works so well with the colour contrast. I used to grow quite a few of these on my plot but unfortunately they are also a tasty delicacy for the slugs and snails.

Dave

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 4:36 PM

Wonderful floral shot, Pamela, and these colours in the "bluebonnets" sit so comfortably against that chosen b/g tone.
Beautiful work.
Ronnie.

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2146 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 4:55 PM

Beautiful coloured Lupin,with great maching Back ground.
NettaSmile

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Glostopcat
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7 May 2012 - 5:11 PM

Simply beautiful Pamela, I love those bright colours and the green background works a treat

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lifesnapper
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7 May 2012 - 5:40 PM

A lovely Floral image Pam', certainly stands out in the crowd.

John Smile

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wonkers
wonkers  5 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 - 6:07 PM

Beautiful flowers lovely b/g colour.

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dmhuynh72
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7 May 2012 - 6:19 PM

beautifully captured with nice bg and colours Pam
regards
Yung

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bunbeam
bunbeam  8 United Kingdom
7 May 2012 - 6:54 PM

superb, just love the depth, and of course the colours
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Michaela_Solway
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7 May 2012 - 7:45 PM

Wow, eye catching vibrancy.. Love the b/g which really compliments the lupins stunning

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Lillian
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7 May 2012 - 8:08 PM

That is one very impressive image again Pamela
the detail and colour a real wow of a shot
Lillian

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imagio
imagio  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 9:49 PM

Wow spectacular Pamela..

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7 May 2012 - 10:33 PM

A great image Pamela--- Love your additional bg!

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mikbee
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7 May 2012 - 11:33 PM

Has an almost 3D effect here Pamela !!
Wonderful colours.
Excellent shot.
Mick.

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posty57
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8 May 2012 - 6:12 AM

Absolutely gorgeous !!

Barry

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brownsilent
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8 May 2012 - 7:52 AM

Outstanding - absolutely brilliant image.
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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
8 May 2012 - 8:47 AM

I never knew that - how interesting. Really good composition and the bg works very well and helps them stand out. Paul

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TrevBatWCC
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8 May 2012 - 2:12 PM

Very beautiful and colourful, Pamela, and contrasts very well against that background Smile
Trev Smile

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snappersue
8 May 2012 - 7:15 PM

They are beautiful flowers and well captured. Sue

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8 May 2012 - 8:15 PM

Glorious vibrant colours Pamela - excellent floral image.
Brian.

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9 May 2012 - 1:46 PM

Holy cow...I think this is one of your most striking and arresting floral images, Pamela. The colours and composition are simply wonderful. Such perfect backgrounding too. Marvellous...

Andrew

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9 May 2012 - 4:16 PM

A gaudy in yer face image but it works well for me.

Albert

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9 May 2012 - 6:52 PM

Superb image and info Pamela.
Brian

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10 May 2012 - 10:58 PM

Another lovely presentation Pamela,and thanks for the info on mine.

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13 May 2012 - 9:06 PM

A really superb image Pamela with beautiful colours.

Jane

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15 May 2012 - 9:49 PM

Excellent work Pamela. Superb colours and detail with a cracking description.
Ray

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19 May 2012 - 10:53 AM

Your flower profiles cannot be bettered Pamela . I love them all . A good job they all have a latin name or you could get well confused with all the country names . I just love the different backgrounds for your flowers xxxx

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20 May 2012 - 11:39 AM

Having lived in Texas since 1980, I immediately picked up on the name, and immediately knew they weren't real bluebonnets Wink Beautifully photographed Pamela, with wonderful detail.

If you ever make it to Texas in the spring, I'll show you some of the fields of blue near my home -but one gets in the bluebonnets with care as there are often rattlesnakes hiding in there.........

Anne

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21 May 2012 - 7:35 AM

What a lovely composition and good dof to show off these beautiful flowers. A

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24 May 2012 - 6:30 PM

fabulous !..

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
4 Jul 2012 - 4:32 AM

Brilliantly presented, regards Leon.WinkGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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