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The peony is among the longest-used flowers in ornamental culture and is one of the smallest living creature national emblems in China. Along with the plum blossom, it is a traditional floral symbol of China, where it is called 牡丹 (mǔ dān). It is also known as 富贵花 (fuguihua) "flower of riches and honour", and is used symbolically in Chinese art. In 1903, the Qing Dynasty declared the peony as the national flower.

Currently, the Republic of China on Taiwan designates the plum blossom as the national flower, while the People's Republic of China has no legally designated national flower. In 1994, the peony was proposed as the national flower after a nationwide poll, but the National People's Congress failed to ratify the selection. In 2003, another selection process has begun, but to date, no choice has been made. (Wikipedia)
This series consists of 3 photos of peonies taken in my garden in the middle of August. V1 was taken in the morning and V2 and 3 in late afternoon.

f14 1/2000sec zoom at 300mm spot metered natural morning light

Many thanks for your comments on my recent photos. Always appreciated.
Let me know which version you like best. Thank you.

Have a nice day as the sun should appear some time,


Tags: Flower Garden Gloucestershire Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Peony Paeonia

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cassiecat 8 39 46 England
25 Sep 2008 10:11AM
v3 for me, think might benefit from closer crop on left.

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jdenman 9 18 5 Spain
25 Sep 2008 10:25AM
I really like V3 also, super shots.
cjl47 9 4 3 England
25 Sep 2008 10:26AM
Three superb shots, delicate and just lovely.
Your pf has a lot of beautiful pictures.
25 Sep 2008 10:42AM
Love them all the light and colours are gorgeous.
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
25 Sep 2008 10:48AM
Simply gorgeous, Jean-Noel, what a wonderful flower to enhance your garden with. Carol
SlowSong Plus
8 6.8k 29 England
25 Sep 2008 10:52AM
I like V2 best as it has a bit of movement. Very pretty.
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
25 Sep 2008 10:54AM
Great exposure JNC. Gorgeous shots and details
2himanshu 9 23 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2008 10:59AM
very good capture
konu 8 31 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2008 11:24AM
v1 for me
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
25 Sep 2008 11:48AM
I always find the peony so hard to capture creatively-- You have done so here, excellent images!
TyChee 12 275 1 United States
25 Sep 2008 11:58AM
V2 for me.
piccy 11 8 Wales
25 Sep 2008 12:09PM
V3 for me, interesting facts.
25 Sep 2008 12:11PM
wow superb love the lighting
25 Sep 2008 12:20PM
Very delicate
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2008 12:23PM
LOVE number3 - the lighting is excellent on all of them.
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1661 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2008 12:31PM
V2 for me, simply stunning. V1 is attractive, but I find that white dot a bit distracting.
Bob_V 9 1 2 United States
25 Sep 2008 4:07PM
Three lovely images, V3 is my favorite.
25 Sep 2008 5:29PM
Beautiful set.
HUMIE 10 2 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2008 5:45PM
All good ....V2 for me JNC.

Mikelane 10 1 Wales
25 Sep 2008 7:04PM
Three great images well captured regards
BURNSIE 8 25 4 England
25 Sep 2008 9:17PM
Excellent shot.Burnsie
kanu 9 India
26 Sep 2008 8:07AM
very good capture Jean......V2 is superb !!
Thank you very much for your comments and remarks.
I'm glad you loke them all but V3 seems to have won the day. JNC
DolphinLady 11 54 1 Wales
26 Sep 2008 9:39AM
V3 for me as well....absolutely gorgeous.

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