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ornitholagum umbellatum

By CarolG  
Ornitholagum umbellatum, more commonly known as Star of Bethlehem, is a perennial bulb of the lily family. When in flower it has a stem and leaves of about 10-15cm. The leaves are slender and pointed, growing from the bulb, dark green with a white central vein. The flowers are bright white with a dark green stripe on the back; this is due to their dual function as sepals forming a green bud before opening. Within the six petals is a central coronet of six stamens, very pronounced, raised on white stalks surrounding a central dome. The flowers are displayed to gain maximum light and open fully only in bright sunshine.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. After a week of hot sunny days I have woken to a grey and overcast morning, with rain forecast Sad

Tags: General Wild Plant Flower Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

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EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
16 Apr 2011 6:15AM
Great dof and all 3 just beautifully captured and presented. Mine are yet to flower and so looking forward to them making an appearance.


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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
16 Apr 2011 6:25AM
Three lovely captues of the pretty little flower. Beautifully presented images Carol.............Sandy
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 6:44AM
so beautifully captured and presented Carol.
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 7:07AM
Three super sharp macro studies of this beauty plus a very informative description.
16 Apr 2011 7:20AM
A great set = beautifully captured and presented, Carol. A
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 7:40AM
A beautiful flower Carol expertly photographed. I like V1 best showing the leaves.

moiral 8 12 Scotland
16 Apr 2011 7:42AM
3 beautiful close ups. Lovely light and detail. Like them all equally. Moira
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
16 Apr 2011 7:48AM
three beautiful and lovely capture ,very well done,Have a great weekend.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 7:53AM
A really lovely set.

jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 8:29AM
V2 here, you seem to have the texture of the petals absolutely spot on.
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
16 Apr 2011 8:34AM
the delicate feel of v1 for me.lesley
Ray42 10 3 England
16 Apr 2011 8:36AM
An excellent set - I couldnt even pronounce this one sober!!!WinkWink
All 3 are delightful.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
16 Apr 2011 8:43AM
V2 for me, Carol: like the closer view and the shadows...very nice.
sherring 10 46 13 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 9:03AM
Very nice set of images.

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 9:10AM
three beautiful captures carol stunning detail and light v3 for me today a cracker Wink
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
16 Apr 2011 9:25AM
A little different and a little special Carol. I love the image and the processing, certasinly draws the eye to the flower itself.

Alvar 11 23 2 France
16 Apr 2011 9:25AM
Three great shots Carol V3 for me
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 9:37AM
Closer and closer - three super captures Carol and an interesting write up as ever - Helen
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 9:51AM
Three first class captures.

Lucien. Smile
16 Apr 2011 10:09AM
Lovely set of images Carol. Especially like the DOF in V1
dasher 8 1 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 10:18AM
Interesting Carol,your flower pictures appear to lack depth of field which is never absent in your excellent insect pictures. Perhaps this was intentional? I have seen these flowers growing wild by the Kennet many years ago near Reading.The plants have doubtless been dug up and carried off!
Regards Dasher
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 10:31AM
V2 is my favourite without doubt I can feel that sun from here
Love the shadows as well
AshTree 8 1.7k 6 England
16 Apr 2011 10:55AM
Love all three, the soft border of V1 complements the little flower so well, and the detail of the close ups is superb. Beautiful, and good info too!

TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 11:31AM
Three brilliant shots, Carol, lovely images all.
16 Apr 2011 11:44AM
great whites superb dof all excellent but V2 gets it by a nose GrinTongueWink
9 10 10 England
16 Apr 2011 12:19PM
All three shots make a super set Carol but V3 stands out for me - I just think it is so lovely.
16 Apr 2011 12:37PM
beautiful and so delicate too
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
16 Apr 2011 5:27PM
A very beautiful set of close-ups, Carol, and each very beautifully presented Smile Hard to choose a fave if I had to, they are all equally delightful, so it's a third of a vote for each! Grin
Trev Smile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 5:33PM
bloomin marvellousWink
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
16 Apr 2011 5:41PM
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
16 Apr 2011 5:51PM
Love the three Carol, excellent photography.


Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
16 Apr 2011 6:35PM
Lovely Carol

16 Apr 2011 7:48PM
A beautiful trio well presented.
16 Apr 2011 7:56PM
Lovely and great presentation.Gill
GarrathE 9 4 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 9:11PM
Nice set of shots, the detail and DoF are great.
JackieB 7 18 3 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 9:18PM
A superb set, well done

LexEquine 12 19 United States
16 Apr 2011 10:17PM
'Three superb & very beautiful macro flower images'>...LEx Wink
Peagreen 7 1 1 England
16 Apr 2011 10:30PM
Three superb closeups, Carol. Lovely colour and brilliant detail. All three beautifully captured and beautifully presented. Smile
Take care, enjoy the rest of the weekend,
Gemma9 9 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 11:33PM
Beautiful set of images. Hard to pick a favourite as they are all so nice!
goso 11 2 1 Australia
17 Apr 2011 1:30AM
Unusual for you Carol...bugless flora - a lovely trio still though ...Bill
bfgstew 11 668 105 England
17 Apr 2011 4:32AM
They look like a larger version of our Stitchworts Carol.
Lovely trio.
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
17 Apr 2011 12:21PM
Simply exquisite, Carol - love all 3 but marginally V1 for me as I love the inclusion of more of the leaves and stem.
17 Apr 2011 2:39PM
Hi Carol, this is an excellent set of images, loved all the v's so equal vote for all, excellent

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2011 6:20PM
Exquisite is the right expression. Absolutely beautiful,
tashi 7 2
18 Apr 2011 3:46AM
Hello Carol!
Perfect shot, as always. Absolutely beautiful. Love them all.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
18 Apr 2011 1:37PM
No 3 but all are so well presested,

azurak 10 Croatia
1 May 2011 5:11PM
Really nice macro, the white stands out infront of the background colours.

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