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and not a bug in sight!

By CarolG  
A change for you all today, a flower Wink

Capparis spinosa, the caper bush, also called Flinders rose, is a perennial winter-deciduous plant that bears rounded, fleshy leaves and large white to pinkish-white flowers. The plant is best known for the edible flower buds (capers), often used as a seasoning, and the fruit (caper berry), both of which are usually consumed pickled. Other species of Capparis are also picked along with C. spinosa for their buds or fruits. Other parts of Capparis plants are used in the manufacture of medicines and cosmetics.

The Caper Bush is an important culinary ingredient in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. The herb is also used in French and Italian cuisine, in salads and soups.
The Caper Bush is credited with antioxidant properties, which improve the body’s immune system and delay the signs of aging. It is also a potent antiviral, an anti-inflammatory and an astringent. The Caper Bush possesses strong antiviral properties which are beneficial in the preliminary treatment of acute viral hepatitis and liver cirrhosis. As an antioxidant, it is helpful in delaying the signs of aging like wrinkle formation. The herb is also an anti-inflammatory that is useful in treating the pain associated with joint aches and rheumatism.

Tags: Nature General Flower Close-up Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Capparis spinosa

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S_Psharma 5 1 India
27 Jul 2013 5:37AM
Excellent images v1 looks better.

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
27 Jul 2013 5:43AM
What a stunning flower and superb images Carol !!! Great write up too ! They look so much different from what we call caper flowers here which is also edible and has healing properties Smile
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
27 Jul 2013 6:02AM
Gosh...I looked and looked and not even a tiny critter in sight....what a beautiful flower and useful information....both excellent captures
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
27 Jul 2013 7:07AM
Lovely colours, Carol, and it sounds like just what I need Grin

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 7:18AM
cracking detail carol wonderful colour and light can't split these two they are both stunners GrinGrin nice ones Wink
27 Jul 2013 7:52AM
Excellent detail in these 2 beauties Carol,
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 7:59AM
That's it Carol, instructions are going to our gardener in Spain to plant some of these immediately. He is always trying to sneak flowers into my edibles only garden so this plant will keep us all happy. I'll send him the link to these wonderful photographs so that he can't possibly get it wrong.
27 Jul 2013 8:05AM
Gorgeous! My brain seems to prefer the one on the left-hand side (V1) Grin

Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 8:16AM
This is a lovely - and different - flower. I searched and searched just in case there was a little tiny bug hidden somewhere...!! Wink

27 Jul 2013 8:16AM
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 8:19AM
Aren't they beautiful! I've seen them in Africa and they were highly scented.
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
27 Jul 2013 8:50AM
No bugs but still a beautiful image.

cjl47 10 4 3 England
27 Jul 2013 9:12AM
Very different Carol. Still excellent though.
I live in hope of butterflies on the Sedum, we usually get Gatekeepers, large whites, speckled woods and an occasional Common Blue which never lands but hops over our garden.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 9:13AM
Such a beauty
27 Jul 2013 9:37AM
Beautiful Carol ! Wonderful capture and write up . Gx HOT here today !!!!Wink
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
27 Jul 2013 9:41AM
Beautiful images Carol!!
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
27 Jul 2013 9:51AM
A very beautiful flower

27 Jul 2013 9:53AM
Excellent captures!!
27 Jul 2013 11:10AM
two beastless captures Carol wow two cracking captures

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 11:37AM
Carol two excellent images of the Caper Flower, which I tried to capture in Santorini
but didn't get one like yours!
Very interesting narrative too having had jaundice when I was 17, i'm always worried that one day
I'll have live disease.
Also what woman wouldn't want to delay the ageing process.
Combined with it's culinary uses -a very useful plant.
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 11:46AM
Very beautiful flowers Carol - the colours are gorgeous. Excellent images.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
27 Jul 2013 11:51AM
This sounds like an excellent plant. And very pretty too.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
27 Jul 2013 11:59AM
Beautiful detail. I particularly like v2
27 Jul 2013 12:11PM
WOW What stunning images the sharpness is amazing
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 12:45PM
Something different Carol and absolutely beautiful.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
27 Jul 2013 1:07PM
What a stunning bloom, Carol, captured in excellent detail, and showing up so effectively against the darker b/g tones.
sable 10 9 7 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 1:25PM
Two excellent images - beautiful colour pin sharp and as always a very interesting narrative xx
27 Jul 2013 2:42PM
What no bugs Carol never mind these are so beautiful and fantastic captures, if they slow down aging please send 40Kg fast GrinGrinGrinGrin
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
27 Jul 2013 3:25PM
2 beautiful images Carol,
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
27 Jul 2013 3:35PM
Two cracking shots, Carol...even if they are bug free! Wink Sounds to be a good plant to grow, especially for it's properties, but I think I'm a bit too far gone for it's magic to work on me! Grin
Trev Smile
boov 5 2 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 3:44PM
Great duo here...
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 5:16PM
Wonderful but I am missing the bugs... Must say those flowers are just sublime... IB
basith 5 7 Sri Lanka
27 Jul 2013 5:42PM
Fabulous capture, good sharp and like it .

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 5:51PM
The inclusion of a bug no matter how charming would simply distract ones eye from the incredible beauty and colour of this gorgeous bloom Carol.

Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 7:30PM
stunning clarity Carole
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myrab 11 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 7:52PM
Super shots Carol.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 8:40PM
Absolutely gorgeous
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 9:21PM
Brilliand colours, sharpnes and composition Carol,.Great image.
27 Jul 2013 9:37PM
Lovely images Carol, they look almost like sea anemones.
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2013 10:22PM
Superb shot and love the flower; sorry I have just given my UA.
27 Jul 2013 10:42PM
Two splendid images. Terrific detail. Don
27 Jul 2013 11:13PM
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
28 Jul 2013 11:31AM
Mind-blowingly beautiful, both.

If I could give this my award, I would. Big time.

Andrew Smile
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
28 Jul 2013 11:45AM
the glow in these filigree stamen is fantastic!
sure I like them in my sauces Smile
28 Jul 2013 7:06PM
Superb shot and love the flower
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
28 Jul 2013 8:04PM
Two brilliant botanical images Carol, the clarity is exceptional. As always a fascinating narrative to accompany them

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