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When in Spain last year, I found this spectacular scrambling shrub running all along the wall of a house and was astonished at the 10" long and 7" wide chalice-shaped golden yellow flowers, which turn deeper gold with age.
It has taken me a long time to discover its name. The house owner told me all about it....in Spanish. It is also known as Cup Of Gold or Hawaiian Lily, and is a thick-stemmed tropical Liana, a vigorous and rampant grower which requires plenty of space and a strong support. Its thick and woody ropelike stems can run for more than 200ft, scrambling over everything in its way.
The 5 lobes of the corolla are reflexed, and each lobe is marked with a narrow purplish brown ridge on the inside. They are fragrant, with a scent reminiscent of coconut.
There are 8 species of chalice vines, but this one, Solandra Maxima, is the most common. They are related to Angel Trumpets (another lovely name), and like them, have hallucinogenic properties, but beware because they are also poisonous.
Pamela.

Camera:Canon Powershot SX130 IS
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Jan 2011 - 12:00 AM
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:-0.3
ISO:80
Metering Mode:pattern
Flash:no flash
Title:Golden Chalice Vine 1
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:14 May 2012 - 6:51 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Cup Of Gold, Digitally manipulated, Flowers & plants, Hawaiian Lily, Solanaceae, Solanales, Solandra Maxima, Tropical liana, Wildlife / nature
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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 7:02 PM

Looks great against the purple bg Pam, the light and detail are excellent.
regards
Yung

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 7:02 PM

A stunning close up Pamela, the detail and colours are fabulous and you've presented this lily so beautifully. Your series on flowers has been a real pleasure to view

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lifesnapper
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14 May 2012 - 7:20 PM

Wonderful image Pam, love the way the BG colouring enhances the Flower.

John Smile

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Billyray
Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 7:29 PM

An superb shot with great detail and colour. You have also provided an excellent and informative write up.
Ray

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Fefe
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14 May 2012 - 7:37 PM

Wow........ Superb detailGrin
Diane

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jdinne
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14 May 2012 - 8:12 PM

That is just perfect, love it.

Rgds

John

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tedtoop
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14 May 2012 - 8:24 PM

Great shot, lovely clarity

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 8:41 PM

All goes together so well Pamela, can only say
one of the ''very best'' macro shots on here of a flower
Lillian

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41022 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England132 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 8:58 PM

You can almost feel that texture, Pamela, wonderful detail, and colour.

Dave

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cabbie
cabbie e2 Member 7cabbie vcard United Kingdom
14 May 2012 - 9:12 PM


Quote: You can almost feel that texture, Pamela, wonderful detail, and colour.

Dave

Have to agree with Dave a cracker

Bob

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 9:42 PM

Fascinating texture - reminds me of chamois leather, as does the floppy appearance of the flower head SmileSmile
Helen

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
14 May 2012 - 11:25 PM

Incredible to think the stems can run for 200 ft Pamela !!
Great colours.
Super shot.
Mick.

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54169 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 6:59 AM

How beautiful, both the flower and your image. I like the graduated light falling on the petals and the colour of the b/g.
Gorgeous.
Chris

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franken
franken e2 Member 113027 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 7:36 AM

Wonderful close - up Pamela.

Ken

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Briwooly
Briwooly  8452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 11:24 AM

Wonderful colour and detail Pam super image

Brian....................

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91885 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 12:56 PM

That's a big flower Pamela. Beautifully photographed - super sharp stamen and such lovely textured petals.
Brian.

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Daisymaye
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15 May 2012 - 1:34 PM

Excellent detail and colour..............Sandy

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 3:02 PM

How beautiful, and very nicely captured and presented, Pamela Wink
Trev Smile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 5:43 PM

Oh my word, Pamela...the detail and clarity here are mindblowing. Your floral images are SERIOUSLY things to aspire to.

I have never seen a Solandra like this. What a beaut! The ones here are longish and mainly yellow, without those lovely 'raspberry-blueberry ripples' going through it like this one has.

Andrew

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strokebloke
15 May 2012 - 5:51 PM

You've done it again, haven't you Pamela? Grin
This is worth a hat-full of votes

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Snapitt
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15 May 2012 - 7:23 PM

Lovely flower Pamela. It's a real beauty. Nice work!!

Jane

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imagio
imagio  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 8:22 PM

Spectacular capture Pamela..

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Paul_cats
Paul_cats e2 Member 861 forum postsPaul_cats vcard Scotland22 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 8:42 PM

Had I not already given my user award today this would have got it. Sorry Pamela. Simply stunning.
Paul

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 9:03 PM

beautiful detail, beautiful capture.
big thanks for your comment... means a lot.
ant.

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saltireblue
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16 May 2012 - 4:44 PM

A marvellously clean and sharp composition, Pamela. Your choice of bg is very complementary to the colours of that gorgeous bloom.

Malc

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Brian65
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16 May 2012 - 7:21 PM

What a beautiful shot Pam, looks lke 3D.
Brian

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bunbeam
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17 May 2012 - 10:04 PM

wow, what a beauty, colour and details are amazing
bunSmile

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metro074
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18 May 2012 - 7:29 AM

A Simply outstanding capture with superb light and detail. Well done
Carol

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JohnChambersPhotography

Amazing work, stunning detail

John

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snappersue
18 May 2012 - 3:15 PM

Another beauty. Gorgeous colours, very warming. Sue

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Michaela_Solway
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18 May 2012 - 10:43 PM

Totally stunning.. The pin sharp detailing is breathtaking.. Beautifully presented.
A deserving award

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LynneJoyce
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19 May 2012 - 5:15 AM

Fabulous capture of this exotic beauty. Many of our neighbours in Spain have this in their gardens but as we refuse to have anything that is not edible, it hasn't crept into ours yet.

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Mavis
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19 May 2012 - 10:57 AM

A great write up for this wonderful flower I have never come across before Pamela A superb capture showing every tiny detail xxx

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bromley-smith
19 May 2012 - 10:26 PM

Amazing detail Pamela, beautiful bloom.
Tony

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2136 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2012 - 8:35 PM

Fantastic Macro,lovely colour and I love your choice of colour to your BG to match perfectly.Grin
Netta

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accipiter
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21 May 2012 - 7:37 AM

Lovely image again Pamela - a fine recent series of flower shots. A

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2012 - 6:03 PM

Super quality capture of this pretty flower and
lovely toning b/g too.

B.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2012 - 10:24 PM

amazing detail in this lovely flower. the petal texture seems 3 dimensional, like a skin.
Excellent DOF,too.

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
23 May 2012 - 10:52 PM

An amazing and in formative presentation Pamela,the detail is pin sharp.

Aidan,,

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photosofturkey
26 May 2012 - 10:40 PM

Beautiful photo.

Greetings,

Murat

Photos of Turkey

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lostnspace2011
27 May 2012 - 12:57 AM

The detail in this image Pamela is phenominal, beautiful background complimenting the subject Smile

Mark

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20 Jan 2013 - 5:22 AM

That's a super shot Pamela excellent detail .
Rob

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