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Firstly, a big thankyou to sweetpea62 and alsoppdigitalart for their User Awards on my Wild Columbine. Thankyou Lin and John.

I love these plants, and this year this pink variety of mine gave me great delight.
I've given you a few snippets of information on this plant, but haven't told you about Mad Honey!
"A sip of toxic nectar could kill a horse, and render a soldier senseless".
Many rhododendron flowers are steeped in nectar and pollen, but some species produce a toxin called grayanotoxin which can taint the bees’ honey. Though harmless to bees, “mad honey” was known even in ancient times, when – according to folklore - it was surrepticiously employed to inebriate and vanquish entire armies.
Some species are poisonous to grazing animals, with some animals dying within a few hours of ingesting the plant, although most horses tend to avoid it if they have access to good forage.
Rhododendron honey, however, remains toxic for only a very short period. Honey that is stored in the comb, along with say the sycamore and bluebell, will have lost it's toxicity before the first extraction. Also, the bees themselves will consume most if not all of this nectar and honey for brood rearing during the spring and early summer build up.
Pamela.

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:7mm
Aperture:f/f4.5
Shutter Speed:1/58sec
Exposure Comp:- 1 step
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:AP
Metering Mode:average
Flash:no flash
White Balance:manual
Title:Rhododendron Trio
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:16 Sep 2012 - 4:54 PM
Tags:Dendron, Digitally manipulated, Ericaceae, Eudicots, Flowers & plants, Rhodos, Rose, Tree
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chrissie3
chrissie3  6 England
16 Sep 2012 - 4:55 PM

Gorgeous!

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NaturesHaven
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16 Sep 2012 - 5:06 PM

Gorgeous colours......nice presentation...........GrinGrin

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CarolG
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16 Sep 2012 - 5:13 PM

A glorious presentation, Pamela, wonderful rich colours and excellent detail. Carol

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jaktis
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16 Sep 2012 - 5:25 PM

A beautiful presentation and capture, also interesting write up. I have never heard that about Rhododendron

Peter

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Badgerfred
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16 Sep 2012 - 5:27 PM

Love the colour and detail in this Pamela, super image,
Fred.

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fificat100
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16 Sep 2012 - 5:28 PM

Truly lovely image. Wonderful colour. Like your write-up. Smile

Lavina

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
16 Sep 2012 - 5:40 PM

Can only say stunning, a beautiful presentation.

John

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Gerryrys
Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 5:43 PM

Excellent presentation and a very interesting narrative. Grin

Gerry

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16 Sep 2012 - 5:52 PM


Quote: "A sip of toxic nectar could kill a horse, and render a soldier senseless".

Bring it on, I could with some quality kip! Tongue

Good work Pamela.....

Ade

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christinecilia
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16 Sep 2012 - 5:53 PM

just beautiful love the colour two.GrinGrinGrin

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tonyguitar
16 Sep 2012 - 6:07 PM

The interesting detailed backgrounder is something I hope more epZers will do. It does not influence my careful consideration of your excellent Rhodo image however. I decided it was brilliant before reading the toxins story. A pleasure to see. TG

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netta1234
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16 Sep 2012 - 6:18 PM

Top of the class image.SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Netta

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AnnChown
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16 Sep 2012 - 6:34 PM

Fascinating write-up - and a wonderfully sharp and colourful image.
Ann

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NDODS
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16 Sep 2012 - 6:47 PM

An extremely informative and somewhat shocking insight into this rather beautiful yet killer floral species. The image is self certainly does you proud, a beautifully crafted and worked piece, wonderfully processed and presented to a high quality.

Nathan

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franken
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16 Sep 2012 - 7:31 PM

Well presented and beautiful Pamela.

Ken

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carper123
carper123 e2 Member 3116 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 7:42 PM

A fantastic image, Pam, luv the subject, detail and colours, particularly like the processing and your presentation, the pink vignetting in the corners works well mimicking the subject.
A cracker.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91925 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 8:54 PM

Superb detail Pamela and good contrast between flowers and leaves.
Personally I find those 4 corners annoying - really pulls the eye off the subject if you look at it long enough. Wrong colour imho.Smile
Brian.

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WhiteRose1
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16 Sep 2012 - 9:03 PM

Did you use any specific lighting set up, Pamela. The quality of the light and colour is superb, and the processing and presentation is masterful.

Dave

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pamelajean
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16 Sep 2012 - 10:18 PM

BRIAN: Sorry the corners aren't to your liking.

DAVE: Just daylight, taken in the garden.

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fentiger
fentiger  13915 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 10:22 PM

Funny isn't it I really like the rosy glow in the corners. Photography, composition and presentation first class.

Albert

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 10:34 PM

The colours, details and light are lovely and I do like the black bg but less certain about the corners this time. Loved the info!!

Ann

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16 Sep 2012 - 10:35 PM

Love the vibrant colour and presentation Pamela and another fascinating description of the plant to accompany it.
Quote: "A sip of toxic nectar could kill a horse, and render a soldier senseless".

Bring it on, I could with some quality kip! Tongue

Good work Pamela.....

Ade

It would need to be particularly powerful to KO Ciderhead Osmant! lol Tongue

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  8222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2012 - 10:46 PM

A beautiful presentation Pamela,,must be lovely to care for somthing and then for it to turn out as lovely as this,

Aidan,,

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16 Sep 2012 - 11:21 PM

A very lovely finish --Live this image! and you text!

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canonfan
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17 Sep 2012 - 12:04 AM

Lovely composition and capture Pamela
Jim

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 3:41 AM

Superbly photographed and presented. As usual Pamela Smile I love the story though. I never knew that either, and I should !! Sad

Barry

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17 Sep 2012 - 8:02 AM

A beautiful image Pamela - I shall have to look up which species are toxic, just wondering whether it applies to the 'wild' one that grows everywhere here in Cornwall! The hack it down and it thrives on neglect one!!!!!
Carole

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
17 Sep 2012 - 9:12 AM

Nicely done as always, a great flower arranger that's for sure, love the colour of these and nicely presented, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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JohnChambersPhotography

O it has to be Pamela's as always perfect, not much more to say really but this...outstanding work.

John

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 11:58 AM

Very beautiful and interesting info too.

B.

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evelen
evelen  10 England
17 Sep 2012 - 2:08 PM

beautiful flower shots.
eve.Smile

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17 Sep 2012 - 2:38 PM

A stunning capture, so full of detail, Pamela. A very interesting write-up too Wink
Trev Smile

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17 Sep 2012 - 3:22 PM


Quote: BRIAN: Sorry the corners aren't to your liking.

Just a personal preference Pamela about the corners on this one - your recent flow of floral images have been superb.Smile
Brian.

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17 Sep 2012 - 5:25 PM

Another gorgeous shot Pam', and I love what you've done with the BG.

John Smile

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17 Sep 2012 - 5:38 PM

Too class flower photography.....Phil

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Billyray
Billyray  770 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 7:31 PM

A superb shot and write up Pamela. Gorgeous colour with perfect detail. Just EXCELLENT.
Ray

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morpheus1955
17 Sep 2012 - 8:29 PM

Fantastic shot, fabulous colours and excellent detail, beautifully presented.

Hugh

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bobsblues  4 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Sep 2012 - 8:41 PM

A wonderful write up and stunning shot Pam .SmileSmile
Rob

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Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 8:08 AM

A great shot - crisp good detail, good colour and stands out very well against that bg - and an interesting piece of information

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18 Sep 2012 - 10:13 PM

Fantastic image Pamela. Love it!!

Jane

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18 Sep 2012 - 11:37 PM

delicate and fine, beautifully sensual .. could you wish for more?
wonderful.

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan  4 England15 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 11:52 PM

I have no problem with the corners Pamela,you have selected a sympathetic colour and not over done it ,dont know about the honey but this is quite tasty.

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19 Sep 2012 - 11:47 AM


Quote: Delicate and fine, beautifully sensual .. could you wish for more?
wonderful.

Incredible Pamela.

PamGrinGrinGrinGrin

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19 Sep 2012 - 2:50 PM

i love it well done award given today Grin

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20 Sep 2012 - 11:59 AM

Beautiful image, excellent light, colour and clarity.. great writing up.. , I've never eaten Rhododendron Grin , still could be 'mad' sometimes, I suspect it was the honey that I bought from the supermarket.. I wouldn't name the supermarket though..Grinjust kidding.. really enjoy the stroy.

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20 Sep 2012 - 6:35 PM

How in the 'blue blazers' have I missed this magnificent image Pamela? and now not even able to give it another well deserved UA!
simply stunning and the details, well you do these all the time that we see perfectly..all over!
love it
Lillian

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21 Sep 2012 - 4:21 PM

Stunning and beutifully presented

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21 Sep 2012 - 8:46 PM

A top notch floral image and presentation and accompanied by a most informative narrative.
Ronnie.

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22 Sep 2012 - 9:00 PM

A beautiful presentation and capture

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