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Firstly, please forgive me if I only click today. This is my 6th attempt at uploading this image as I tried 5 times yesterday!!

The image is of a flower many of you may never have heard of, an Aponogeton distachyos. Its common name is the Water Hawthorn. Though there are around 30 species of this plant, most are not able to survive in the British climate being mainly from the tropics and sub-tropics. All are water plants and this one came as a surprise "free gift", presumably as a seed, when I purchased the miniature Waterlily and Mace to grow in an ornamental tank about 8 years ago. In a larger pond the flowers would be about 4 inches across but mine seems to have adapted itself to match with the other plants as the flowerheads tend to be no more than 2 inches and, large or small, all have a lovely, rich scent. NB the leaves in this image are those of the Waterlily. Those of the Aponogeton are oval and less than an inch in length, though again grow to a greater length in a large pond.

A very big "Thank You" to Robin (graceland) for his greatly appreciated UA. Gary (Growmore) so kindly did his first ever Mod on the same image, "Pincusion?" and I must say, think he made a very fine job of it too!

Thanks to one and all for looking in and for your on-going words of encouragement.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 Sep 2011 - 6:31 AM
Focal Length:5.1mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Aponogeton distachyos
Username:EAS EAS
Uploaded:18 Sep 2012 - 3:42 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, General, Wildlife / nature
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Unique Views:72


saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 3:48 PM

Beautiful and colourful capture,very well done,

sparrowhawk Plus Member 6272 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 3:55 PM


CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 4:27 PM

How delicate and beautiful, Ann, well captured. Carol

WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51390 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England146 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 5:07 PM

I certainly have never heard of this one, Ann. Well captured, lovely image and write up.


EMJAYCEE Plus Member 6EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 5:07 PM

I love the variety of muted colours in this image Ann - a perfect backround for this tiny bloom.

Fefe Plus Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 5:10 PM

Very nice deep colours and lovely water reflections, great light tooGrin

canonfan Plus Member 5canonfan vcard United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 - 5:31 PM

Superb image

18 Sep 2012 - 6:39 PM

Fabulous shot Ann, absolutely beautiful


Brian65  6 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2012 - 7:03 PM

Lovely image what a beautiful flower Ann.

dmhuynh72  744 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 7:08 PM

Lovely flower, and also I recognised the waterlily bulb and its leaves too.

18 Sep 2012 - 7:35 PM

good one


Sue_R Plus Member 9Sue_R vcard Scotland6 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 8:06 PM

This works really well. I've tried taking photos of water hawthorn flowers but never been very pleased with the result. Going to have to try again now Smile

Water hawthorn are well worth their place in a pond. Ours have been in flower for months and are still blooming despite the weather having turned a lot colder in the last week or so.

Sue Smile

NeilWigan Plus Member 5NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 8:57 PM

The flower is lovely Ann,as are the colours and tones around it .

taggart Plus Member 1146 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2012 - 10:27 PM

Thanks for a view and your text re: this unusual flower!

NDODS Plus Member 44308 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom117 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 5:56 AM

An extremely interesting foreword, and the photograph which has been so wonderfully captured, simply merges the two together seamlessly.

Regards Nathan

CaroleS  5258 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 7:53 AM

A new one to me and what a little gem Ann, lovely detail.

Billyray  770 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 10:56 AM

This is lovely Ann. I too have never heard of this flower but really glad you uploaded it. Your description is once again excellent.

graceland  102525 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 2:47 PM

Grin nice one well done

Tibetan  3 England
19 Sep 2012 - 3:16 PM

Interesting as I have not heard of this! thank you for all the detail, like the flowers, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 4:11 PM

Ann you have so much in this besides that gorgeous lilly flower
all the colours and textures
wonderful image

hasslebladuk Plus Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 8:25 PM

Excellent shot love the colours and detail

LexEquine  9 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2012 - 1:23 AM

'Superlative, Artistic, & lovely Imagery & Composition!' ~ Peter Smile

20 Sep 2012 - 3:34 PM

Arranged beautifully Ann,

Chinga Plus Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 - 10:23 PM

This is most enchanting... IB

Growmore Plus Member 6Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 12:14 AM

Lovely looking flower with wonderful textures in this excellent composition Ann.

abeeror2  3 Spain
21 Sep 2012 - 3:13 AM

The colours are amazing!

1881  3 India
22 Sep 2012 - 8:28 PM

SORRY, that I could not visit your Album such a long time.
With Best regards -

22 Sep 2012 - 8:46 PM

Beautiful colourful capture

22 Sep 2012 - 9:33 PM

Brilliant shot. Amazing detail and color. Delicious.
Regards, Oleg

posty57  7 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2012 - 11:25 PM

Grows in most of the dams and lakes in South Africa. I love the combination of the 'autumnal' colours of the water lily leaves, and the stark white of the flowers. A wonderful image.


raygregson Plus Member 7raygregson vcard United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 - 11:44 AM

beautiful image ann,love the colours.ray

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