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First, I have to thank ValeryAst for his User Award on my "Spadices and Spathes", and of course all of you who voted and commented. Many thanks, Valery.

They are now on their last legs, but what a show of colour they have provided, despite the adverse weather. I love their bright flowers, the funnel-shaped nectar tube in the back, their twining stalks, and attractive buds.
As a bonus, all parts are edible (flower, leaf and seeds), and can be used as a salad or pasta ingredient, giving a peppery punch similar to watercress. The seeds, when young and green, have been likened to capers when pickled, and offer their fair share of Vitamin C. The flowers are also high in Vitamin C and thought to help prevent scurvy, lung problems and blocked bronchial tubes.
The most fascinating use is as a tonic to prevent baldness. A lotion was made from the leaves, flowers and seeds, then mixed with nettle leaves and oak leaves.
The botanical name Tropaelum is from the Green tropiaon (a trophy). In ancient Greece, shields and helmets of defeated enemy were fixed onto tree trunks. It was thought that the nasturtium leaves resembled shields, with the flowers resembling helmets.
The flower gets it's name from the Latin nasusm (nose) and tortus (twisted) because their smell makes the nose wrinkle or twist and so is literally a "nose-twister" or "nose-tweaker".
Pamela.

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR
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Focal Length:8mm
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Title:Nasturtiums 1
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:30 Jul 2012 - 6:06 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Digitally manipulated, Flowers & plants, Indian cress, Lark’s heel, Mustard family, Tropaeolum
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Paree
Paree e2 Member 9603 forum postsParee vcard 3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2012 - 6:11 PM

wonderful flowers,
unfortunately my garden soil is not good for them so i cant really grow them

there is such a variety of colour with them as well

paree

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2012 - 6:13 PM

A beautiful floral presentation with excellent DOF.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2012 - 6:13 PM

Interesting information, Pamela, and a very pleasing image. Mine always seem to attract a mountain of black-fly Sad Carol

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CaroleS
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30 Jul 2012 - 6:22 PM

Beautiful image, I am still waiting for mine to flower!
Carole

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lifesnapper
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30 Jul 2012 - 6:23 PM

Beautiful Pam.

John Smile

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EMJAYCEE
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30 Jul 2012 - 6:33 PM

Love the write up and the beautiful image.
Joan.

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RonnieAG
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30 Jul 2012 - 6:37 PM

Some interesting info in your narrative, Pamela, and a beautifully captured shot of this stem of nasturtiums.
Ronnie.

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2012 - 6:38 PM

Lovely colours and composition.

P.

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christinecilia
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30 Jul 2012 - 6:39 PM

beautiful photo GrinGrinGrinGrin

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WhiteRose1
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30 Jul 2012 - 6:52 PM

Beautifully presented with the flower colour in the vignette.

Dave

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canonfan
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30 Jul 2012 - 6:56 PM

A fantastic capture Pamela
Jim

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2012 - 7:00 PM

Varigated and beautiful
such a lovely composed image Pamela
perfectly detailed
Lillian

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gary_d
gary_d  7575 forum posts Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2012 - 7:04 PM

A real stand out image Pamela. - gary

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saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 44288 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway26 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2012 - 7:24 PM

A better presentation than this would be hard to find, Pamela. The bg complements the flowers perfectly, and the pov/crop cannot be faulted. Added to which, an informative write-up which makes me want to try and get some of my lost hair back.Smile

Malc

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DalesLass
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30 Jul 2012 - 7:38 PM

Beautiful flowers, beautiful light, beautiful presentation!

Jude

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91925 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2012 - 7:51 PM

Beautiful image Pamela - great arrangement and the variegated leaves add to this too. Interesting info.
Brian.

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PattiW
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30 Jul 2012 - 7:53 PM

A real stunner! Patti SmileSmileSmile

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2012 - 8:53 PM

fantastic piece of knowledge. You are really well learned in botanics and classic languages.

the dark background shows well the filigree petals and the horn in the back. the leaves are getting bigger towards us, as if nature had also spilled them form her horn.
(....regarding the meadow... those aren't really that wild. You can buy the seeds from the farmer's cooperative, it is a way to have a legal grounds for a small set aside subsidy. But having said that now that we all have less funds many have given up on purely beautiful projects. And yes, the owner of that particular meadow collects seeds for her pride and joy every autumn, that is how it survived for 5 years now she told me. ... ) I have got a lower, more simple mix in my garden , used it to fill the gaps and enhance the grass with more native wild flowers. I am quite pleased with the results of the first year... see my butterflies.

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lostnspace2011
30 Jul 2012 - 9:18 PM

A lovely capture of this Nasturtium Pamela. This is the colour that grows in our garden some years. Not seen them this year though.

Nicely photographed, they stand out well against the background

Mark

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43672 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom107 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2012 - 9:20 PM

A rather informative, and certainly quite interesting pre-narrative supported by a photograph which screams out quality.

Regards Nathan

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30 Jul 2012 - 9:21 PM

Well thanks for the extra information - fascinating.
This is a lovely image. Mine are just coming into flower, I might just pay them a visit...
Moira

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Glostopcat
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30 Jul 2012 - 9:24 PM

Love the vibrant colour Pamela, so beautifully presented as always. An interesting write up to accompany it too

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pamelajean
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30 Jul 2012 - 9:50 PM


Quote: Mine always seem to attract a mountain of black-fly

I only had a few of those nasties on them, Carol. I wish they were as easy to remove in reality as they are with the clone tool in editingWink.
Pamela.

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sweetpea62
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30 Jul 2012 - 9:55 PM

Wonderful colour and detail Pam.well done..Lin

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mikbee
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30 Jul 2012 - 10:40 PM

Wonderful colours Pamela,
and interesting info' too.
I never realised that flowers could be so ''useful'' !!
Mick.

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Growmore
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30 Jul 2012 - 10:42 PM

It's really beautiful and outstanding, the colour detail and the superb presentation work so well in this image.

Gary

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2012 - 7:21 AM

A great shot - what a beautiful splash of colour and a good bg making it stand out a treat

Quote: he most fascinating use is as a tonic to prevent baldness...

Now you tell me!!!!LOL

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BarbaraR
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31 Jul 2012 - 11:32 AM

So pretty, great colours and composition.
Lovely toning presentation too.

B.

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netta1234
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31 Jul 2012 - 12:15 PM

Beautiful imageSmile
Netta

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franken
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31 Jul 2012 - 12:20 PM

Beautiful!

Ken

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AnnChown
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31 Jul 2012 - 12:32 PM

A beautiful and unusual nasturtium; love the variegated leaves. Sharp as sharp, as usual from you!! Smile
Ann

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TrevBatWCC
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31 Jul 2012 - 2:34 PM

A very beautiful and colourful - and eye-catching - presentation, Pamela, a lovely quality image. Very interesting write-up too, sounds like eating these may help my asthma and chesty cough! Wink
Trev Smile

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31 Jul 2012 - 2:54 PM

very pretty colours.lesley

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
31 Jul 2012 - 3:12 PM

We used to have these cascading from a window box on the third floor, in the flat we lived in at the Pantiles Tunbridge Wells, like a waterfall of flowers, tourists used to come just to photograph them,Black fly were a problem, then when we moved we had them a a carpet of flowers in the garden. nicely displayed as usual, like it, have also eaten them, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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JohnChambersPhotography

As usual your work proceeds you, superb detail very well presented excellent work.

John

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Niknut
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31 Jul 2012 - 5:17 PM

Beautiful !!.....lovely colours & quality !!!

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31 Jul 2012 - 5:49 PM

excellent clarity image with nice colours and light Pam.
regards
yung

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ChristineD
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1 Aug 2012 - 6:45 PM

A beautiful floral presentation

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2 Aug 2012 - 9:47 PM

brilliant photo love itSmileSmile

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1881  2 India
3 Aug 2012 - 4:15 AM

Well presented here.
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xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2012 - 4:07 PM

Superb colour and light.. wonderful clean image. Great writing up..edible? Grin Very interesting to learn...sounds like a herbal medicine doctor's note.

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evelen
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3 Aug 2012 - 6:19 PM

beautiful image and colour.
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3 Aug 2012 - 6:39 PM

Grin great write up on my Elvis pic thanks Wink

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4 Aug 2012 - 8:13 AM

What fascinating info! Thanks so much for that, Pamela Smile

And I absolutely adore the image. So incredibly detailed and exposed. Such rich colour too. Completely wowed once again.

Andrew

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5 Aug 2012 - 12:16 AM

Lovely detailed image.
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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  8222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 2:50 AM

I'm wishing my dog shots were as good as your floral shot's Pamela.
Very nice,

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PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
5 Aug 2012 - 8:28 AM

Well I never knew that. Fascinating. Thanks for sharing. Great image. and well presented. paul

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5 Aug 2012 - 10:04 AM

Excellent detail and colour rendition too PJSmile

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5 Aug 2012 - 5:25 PM

Beautiful colours and detail, and interesting info too.
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5 Aug 2012 - 7:14 PM

Another absolutely fantastic work from you!Smile
Regards Valery

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