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Unusual pond flower

By HobbitDave
A friend gave me this plant last year for my pond. It has grown about 30 sizeable green leaves, and now has one solitary flower-head with beautiful lilac florets on it.

I looked it up on the net and it goes by the name of Pontederia Cordata (huh?...).....AKA locally as Pickerelweed. It is native to North and South America according to Wikipedia, and grows wild in places such as Florida (hi, Christina).
Whatever its name, it is a very beautiful flower. I hope over the next week or two it opens even more.
The hover fly comes as a bonus Wink

Good times to everyone, and many thanks for the votes on my last week's Peacock butterfly.

Tags: Pond Flowers and plants Hover fly Pond flowers Pondeteria Purple pond plant

Voters: pluckyfilly, CarolG, RonnieAG and 27 more

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pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 11:06AM
good shot of this pretty flower and hover fly and shows well on the b/g

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CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
7 Aug 2011 11:14AM
How beautiful, Dave, and wigh the bonus of the hoverfly in V.1, makes it my favourite today. Carol
7 Aug 2011 12:40PM
Beautiful images Dave, love the light in these images..Lin
7 Aug 2011 12:53PM
Lovely images Dave but the star is your V1 with that great lighting and hover fly, superb work. Gary
7 Aug 2011 12:53PM
Unusual flower Dave but a beauty, love the light in the shots also.

Beautiful close-up. Superb depth of field and stunning detail. A lovely well composed shot with great lighting.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 3:59PM
Three lovely images with the hoverfly as a bonus in V1, and wonderful lighting in V3.
moiral 7 12 Scotland
7 Aug 2011 4:40PM
What a lovely plant Dave. 3 very nicely captured shots. Have to favourite V1 with the hoverfly. Moira
mars 10 England
7 Aug 2011 5:10PM
Well done..what an unusal flower, it certainly looks very exotic !

User_Removed 9 26 2 United States
7 Aug 2011 6:29PM
What a great series, Dave! The lighting is so dramatic and really shows it to effect. I'm afraid I don't recall those from Florida but I was in the city.
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
7 Aug 2011 7:05PM
A first class set Dave, v1 is the pick of the bunch as you've caught the hoverfly coming in to land
janty66 10 3 England
7 Aug 2011 7:12PM
Lovely images...
Suehh 10 39 6 England
7 Aug 2011 11:12PM
Lovely set Dave and that lighting is so well caught - love the little hover
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 11:25PM
what a lovely plant, 3 lovely captures
xwang 8 56 8
7 Aug 2011 11:50PM
Beautiful light.What the name of the flower,Dave? Is it manual focused photo? Can you tell the difference between manual focused photo and auto focused photo?
8 Aug 2011 12:05AM

Quote:Beautiful light.What the name of the flower,Dave? Is it manual focused photo? Can you tell the difference between manual focused photo and auto focused photo?

Hi Jasmine, this was autofucus. Sometimes if the modern lens has a manual fine adjustment it can be used to advantage. This is an older Canon 28-135mm image stabiliser lens, which is heavy, but is my favourite for autofocus. It looks and feels a heavy big old beast, but for me it is very reliable and very accurate, and my favourite 'walk-about' lens despite its weight. Very sharp images.
For old fully manual lenses, I don't think you can tell the difference; it is really up to the user to do the final adjustment. The sharpest lens I have of any is a 1970s Zeiss Flektogon 35/2.4, which is fully manual, but for close up work I find it as sharp as Canon 'L'. You have to have the patience and practice to set everything manually though, including the camera; it's not all automatic like the modern lenses Wink
All the best, Dave.
P.S The flower's common name is Pickerelweed; I had never heard of the name before I found the flower!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2011 2:50PM
Great set Dave, but for me V1 is so great capturing at just the right time
xwang 8 56 8
9 Aug 2011 12:00AM
Thank you very much, Dave. I thuoght it was auto. I don't use manual much with digital anymore. I thought that technically speaking MF&AF should be the same, as long as it was focused. But actually it is more complicated than I thought. i have seen your manual work, that was how I could tell this was not manual...There is a very slight difference. For me, Manual is clearer..automatic is not necessary better, just easier. But nowadays, the digital's manual focus is not really full manual either, still easier than real full manual work, maybe the real manual work is still the best, human eye can see better than cameraSmile
Thank you for the flower name, wish Christina came back hereWink
A magnificent collection of Dave. Flower and insect, amazing.
Regards, Oleg.

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