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By CarolG  
Ranunculus is a large genus of about 400 species of plants in the Ranunculaceae. It includes the buttercups, spearworts, water crowfoots and the lesser celandine (but not the greater celandine of the poppy family Papaveraceae).
They are mostly herbaceous perennials with bright yellow or white flowers (if white, still with a yellow centre). A few have orange or red flowers and occasionally, as in R. auricomus, petals may be absent. The petals are often highly lustrous, especially in yellow species. Buttercups usually flower in April or May but flowers may be found throughout the summer especially where the plants are growing as opportunistic colonisers, as in the case of garden weeds.
The name Ranunculus is Latin for ‘little frog‘. This probably refers to many species being found near water, like frogs.
All Ranunculus species are poisonous when eaten fresh by cattle, horses, and other livestock, but their acrid taste and the blistering of the mouth caused by their poison means they are usually left uneaten. Poisoning can occur where buttercups are abundant in overgrazed fields where little other edible plant growth is left, and the animals eat them out of desperation. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, excessive salivation, colic, and severe blistering of the mucous membranes and gastrointestinal tract. When Ranunculus plants are handled, naturally occurring ranunculin is broken down to form protoanemonin, which is known to cause contact dermatitis in humans and care should therefore be exercised in excessive handling of the plants.

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10 2 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2009 6:11AM
ALL lovely Carol....V1 particularly for me.


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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
12 Sep 2009 6:58AM
Three beautiful images Carol. I can't help but wonder how your images are always so perfectly sharp. They are really amazing.....Sandy
Love v3 this time Carol
PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2009 7:20AM
3 beautiful images Carol. The lighting is wonderful
12 Sep 2009 7:28AM
Three beautiful images Carol, Wonderful colour and light, Superbly presented.
fentiger Plus
16 916 24 England
12 Sep 2009 7:30AM
I agree with Ian and thanks for the interesting narrative.

12 Sep 2009 7:55AM
Interesting information Carol but above all outstandingly beautiful images. The light and colour is fantastic. I cannot decide between V1 and V3. Great photography.

11 18 1 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2009 7:56AM
3 fabulous piccies and such informative details too. Thank you Carol!
12 Sep 2009 9:18AM
Three very nice shots - love the light and bg - and today an excellent and very informative write up
8 10 10 England
12 Sep 2009 9:20AM
Three lovely images - V2 my favourite.
Brilliant work.
12 Sep 2009 10:06AM
Beautiful, lovely light, thanks for the write-up. Have a good weekend.
All three are nice shots but I like V3 for the composition and the added interest and detail
12 Sep 2009 10:19AM
v3 is superb, although each of them is beautiful, well done.
12 Sep 2009 10:22AM
Really like V3 Thought at first it was a reflection
Do like all 3 tho'
Thanks for the informative write up
Really interesting
12 Sep 2009 10:32AM
Three fantastic shots - excellent detail
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
12 Sep 2009 10:43AM
Very beautiful, Carol, and lovely lighting, which really brings out the textures. Interesting write-up, too, not such an innocent looking flower after all!
TrevB Smile
12 Sep 2009 11:10AM
Carol these are stunning shots. The light and detail is beautiful. I have tried to grow these but don't have a lot of success. Great set of shots.
pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2009 11:55AM
very pretty set I think V3 shows best what I remember as a ranuncula
12 Sep 2009 11:57AM
all beautiful captures Carol I love the uses of the light

Joline Plus
11 29 53 United States
12 Sep 2009 12:32PM
v1 fairly jumps off the page, it is so beautifully dimensional. Interesting history, too.
gregl Plus
13 19 1 England
12 Sep 2009 12:39PM
Lovely shots Carol. The lighting is V1 is surperb.
EAS Plus
8 1 13 Scotland
12 Sep 2009 12:56PM
Lovely detail and light in all 3, with V1 being my favourite.

Beautiful images - V1 is superb

Bob_V Plus
10 1 2 United States
12 Sep 2009 3:09PM
Three beauties Carol, such fabulous light and color, each deserves a click of there own.
12 Sep 2009 3:20PM
3 stunning image's, the colour detail everything, i agree with Bob all deserves a vote each, nice one Carol.
Three beautiful captures, v2 for me.
cassiecat Plus
9 39 46 England
12 Sep 2009 4:00PM
nice light, v3 is my fav.lesley
gingerdelight Plus
11 298 11 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2009 4:14PM
All three images are superbly shot and the lighting is wonderful - just stunning!
x Carol x
12 Sep 2009 4:57PM
Wonderful write up and good information Carol, and your pictures are stunning and so beautiful with excellent lighting and colour. Very very beautiful work. Gary
lostintime Plus
10 13 5 Germany
12 Sep 2009 5:07PM
Gorgeous colour, wonderful detail.
3 Great images

12 Sep 2009 5:45PM
Wonderful Carol.. lovely light

12 Sep 2009 6:13PM
Wow carol,these are really beautiful images ,stunning light and detail
Mike xxx
12 Sep 2009 6:16PM
What wonderful lighting Carol. All three are fantastic. Trish
gerrymac Plus
10 10 1 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2009 6:27PM
Cant really choose...great light in them all ..beautifully captured and written
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
12 Sep 2009 6:35PM
Great use of the lighting congitions !

All Winners.

Great Carol.
12 Sep 2009 7:00PM
Truly stuuning seen large!
12 Sep 2009 7:15PM
these are delightful...
piccy Plus
11 8 Wales
12 Sep 2009 7:25PM
Fabulous flowers these, lovely lighting and that colour is wonderful.
V3 my favourite of these wonderful images . Gill
12 Sep 2009 8:46PM
All lovely shots captured Carol! My fave is V1.
Gezina Plus
11 3 6 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2009 9:00PM
Stunning light beautiful detail - love V1 - Ina
maryg Plus
9 66 18 Scotland
12 Sep 2009 9:15PM
£ beauties , each with wonderful light and the tones of the petals perfectly caught. V3 is my favourite. Saw your comment on Gerry's shot of Loch Fyne. I never tire of looking out at the view and often wander about the shore just taking in the wonder of this beautiful place. If you are ever over send a message and I'll give you direstions , you're welcome to share my part of the world anytime,
Regards Mary
Mynett Plus
9 142 6 United Kingdom
12 Sep 2009 10:21PM
how very lovely they are too, such a flamboyant flower.

CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
13 Sep 2009 5:46AM
Thank you, Mary, I hope that one day I will be able to take you up on your very kind offer. Carol
SandraKay Plus
10 233 4 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2009 8:13AM
So beautiful.
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
13 Sep 2009 4:19PM
Three fabulous images Carol, such wonderful lighting and vivid colour
As always a tremendous set of images Carol, v3 is my favourite, as a complete photo newbie, I can't help wondering how the black background is achieved, is it a card or sheet, or something else?
exposure Plus
13 5.3k England
13 Sep 2009 9:56PM
Beautiful depth of tones and light Carol
14 Sep 2009 3:35AM
Great set of images Carol. excellent lighting and wonderful color and detail.
14 Sep 2009 9:05AM
v3 for me Carol Excellent
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
14 Sep 2009 9:43AM
Beautiful, no 2 for me, stunning colour

14 Sep 2009 12:38PM
All 3 are excellent Carol. Amazing contol of the light.
14 Sep 2009 3:24PM
a beautiful series. I like V3 for the detail in the multi layers Katie
14 Sep 2009 3:38PM
such beautiful shots, love the lighting.
Mavis Plus
15 143 2 England
15 Sep 2009 5:27PM
3 perfect beauties Carol . The lighting is magnificent . Interesting write up.xxxx
helenlinda Plus
10 357 22 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2009 10:12AM
Beautiful light on these three. Lovely work Carol

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