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Common By Name...

By TerryMcK  
Common it might be but "Common Centaury" is still a lovely wildflower. Legend claims that the plant was named after the Greek mythological character, centaur Chiron.
Familiar throughout the Summer, this member of the Gentians family, can be found in areas of scrub & poor soil. The plant's medicinal properties were known to the Romans who used it to heals small wounds & various diseases.

I rarely display wildflowers in my portfolio but felt this offering might gain some approval among those of you who frequently do. Photographed from ground level when I lay flat out on some very scrubby earth at my local nature reserve to get the background I wanted.
Large Version is worth a look if you care to. Apart from cropping & a tweak to colour & sharpness, no other "messing about " whatsoever.

I appreciate your interest in my previous upload, "Reed Singer."

Tags: Wildflowers Flowers and plants Common centaury Tmck Gentians

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tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 5:51PM
Well worth an airing Terry

The OOF background colours compliment the main subject tooSmile


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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
5 Feb 2013 5:52PM
A superb image of this beautiful centaury, Terry. I see a lot of these in the meadows here, but difficult to spot sometimes because the hide in the long grassesSmile Carol
5 Feb 2013 5:53PM
Beautiful - I love the way it rises up from the background.
johnke 5 223 15
5 Feb 2013 6:01PM
Very delicate and good presentation.............John
5 Feb 2013 6:11PM
Very well captured Terry, great technique.
luckybry 8 3 Scotland
5 Feb 2013 6:26PM
grt image realy good dof

richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
5 Feb 2013 6:55PM
Nice Image!! I like it!!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
5 Feb 2013 7:09PM
Good to see you trying something new Terry, an excellent botanical image and definitely worth attempting more often in the future
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 7:42PM
love the colours terry brilliant detail a real beauty nice one Wink
Bzox Plus
5 2 Bosnia And Herzegovina
5 Feb 2013 8:39PM
Beautiful image! GrinGrinGrin
vickyf 12 8 8 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 8:51PM
This is gorgeous - great dof and colour.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
5 Feb 2013 9:46PM
A lovely image. So summery, like a field of dreams.......Sandy
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
5 Feb 2013 10:18PM
It's beautiful, if quite a surprise finding in your pf! Right up there with all your usual subjects as to dof, details and colour.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
5 Feb 2013 11:01PM
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 12:02AM
This is a really lovely image. The long lens works so well for this type of image
TerryMcK 9 72 2 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2013 9:00AM

Quote:This is a really lovely image. The long lens works so well for this type of image

I agree, Jason. I've also had some very good results with close-up shots when the conditions were ideal.

6 Feb 2013 8:38PM
Beautiful Terry.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
6 Feb 2013 8:54PM
Nice work Terry - lovely image.
6 Mar 2013 6:02PM
thumbs up m8 love iit

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