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Passion Flower Duet

By pamelajean
I've been spending time editing all the flower pictures that I took in the summer, and it has been excellent therapy during this wet and windy weather.
Here is a pair of passion flowers from my garden. I spent a lot of time getting these right, there are so many "bits and pieces" in their unique structure.
The "passion" refers to the Passion of Christ, in Christian theology. The Holy Lance is represented by the pointed leaves, the Whips used in the flagellation of Christ are represented by the tendrils, the 10 faithful Apostles are represented by the 10 petals and sepals, the Crown of Thorns is represented by the radial filaments, the Holy Grail is represented by the chalice-shaped ovary, his Wounds are represented by the 3 stigmata and 5 anthers, and the blue and white colours represent Heaven and Purity.
(1/60sec @f5, ISO100, -0.3stepEv, 9mmFL, AP, daylight, hand-held, polariser).

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

Voters: Billyray, photophantom, mudge and 85 more

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26 Nov 2009 3:01PM
awesome exotic beauties, pin sharp detail and colors.

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Billyray Plus
10 70 3 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2009 3:03PM
Excellent shot. Great detail and colours. Thanks for the write up, I knew it was a Passion flower but not the reason why.
mudge Plus
15 924 75 England
26 Nov 2009 3:04PM
Great capture and presentation

Thanks also for the commentary. I've never heard that before!
Brilane Plus
11 5 12 Wales
26 Nov 2009 3:07PM
Great colours and fine detail
mikbee Plus
10 3 8 Scotland
26 Nov 2009 3:14PM
Wonderful light Pamela.
Very effective against the black.
And I never realised a flower could have so much history !!
Excellent shot.
Excellent shot.

Bob_V Plus
10 1 2 United States
26 Nov 2009 3:45PM
A beautiful image Pamela, so well captured and presented.
26 Nov 2009 4:02PM
superb image
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
26 Nov 2009 4:27PM
Beautiful image - these flowers fairly leap out at you. Lovely narrative also.
26 Nov 2009 4:36PM
A beauty!

gary_d Plus
10 576 13 Wales
26 Nov 2009 4:51PM
Absolutely beautiful Pamela. - gary
ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2009 5:18PM
great colours and pin sharpe.
26 Nov 2009 5:20PM
Super detail and colours, especially seen in the larger version.
26 Nov 2009 5:27PM
To me, this is a beautiful image & one for a frame on the wall. Regards Peter.
Wonderful colour & detail captured in this lovely image

26 Nov 2009 6:16PM
Great picture. A
franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2009 6:44PM

Quote:Excellent shot. Great detail and colours. Thanks for the write up, I knew it was a Passion flower but not the reason why.

I agree.

foggytwo Plus
14 36 1 Scotland
26 Nov 2009 7:13PM
Stunning detail,super sharpness, great lighting and so well composed. The colours are also wonderful Pamela, well done. Super large version too.
The best capture of this flower I've seen for a long time. A BRILLIANT image!!!!!!!!!! JNC
Briwooly Plus
12 452 5 England
26 Nov 2009 8:22PM
Beautiful Job Pamela stunning image

Mynett Plus
9 142 6 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2009 8:36PM
wow Pamela these are superb, the passion flower story is one I have heard before but could not remember it. Thanks for sharing this beauty and for the write up

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
26 Nov 2009 8:50PM
Excellent result with a difficult subject Pamela - we grow them but not got a shot I am happy with yet.
26 Nov 2009 8:55PM
Beautiful image and great write up.
dmhuynh72 Plus
10 44 3 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2009 9:48PM
The light on the flowers is just wonderful, with a lot of detail too. Interesting write up Pam.

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
27 Nov 2009 1:33AM
Beautiful image. The detail and colour is wonderful.........Sandy
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1986 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2009 3:30AM
Thankyou so much for your visits, votes and comments.
So glad you like it.
27 Nov 2009 8:04AM
A very good shot and processing and a very interesting write up
27 Nov 2009 9:16AM
This is amazing....such wonderful light, colour & detail.
Thank you for sharing...
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2009 11:31AM
Super capture and processing.
I had to have another look! So beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!
27 Nov 2009 5:13PM
Fantastic colour and detail, great presentation too.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
27 Nov 2009 5:39PM
Wow, this is gorgeous, Pamela! Such a very beautiful flower and very beautifully photographed, processed and presented, too. Excellent.
TrevB Smile
ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
27 Nov 2009 6:04PM
I never knew that about the name! Fantastic information, Pamela...thanks.

Now I have to say that I looove how you've shot and processed this. The light and detail are superb, to begin with, but I also love how you've captured and included all the surrounding bits like the tendrils and things.

This totally bounces out of the screen.


A Smile
maryg Plus
9 66 18 Scotland
27 Nov 2009 7:11PM
Saw your comment on another image and realised I hadn't seen any of your images for a while, so popped in to have a look. This is fabulous , such lovely detail and really looks like a flower, the one I dis looked so much like an alien it's sitting in file 13.
Regards Mary
27 Nov 2009 11:30PM
xwang Plus
8 56 8
27 Nov 2009 11:38PM
Excellent detail and beautiful colour.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2009 11:44AM
Gorgeous image Pamela
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1986 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2009 2:27PM
Wow, thankyou JeanNoel and Trev for honouring me with your User Awards.
tomcat Plus
12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2009 4:37PM
a beautiful splash of colour PJ

davidhu Plus
12 19 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2009 9:55PM
Fine work Pamela, so clear and crisp in detail.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2009 5:00PM
Passionate photography - great composition!
29 Nov 2009 5:08PM
Nice light Pam, well done

gregl Plus
13 19 1 England
29 Nov 2009 8:30PM
This is lovely Pamela. I'm sure this was not easy to "get right" but you have. Superb image.
FeatherFriend Plus
10 38 217 England
29 Nov 2009 8:37PM
Wonderful image Pamela, superb detail/color and presented so well,
Pegon Plus
12 78 1 England
29 Nov 2009 11:04PM
Superb detail, light and colour captured here Pamela, it's a lovely image.
OMG Plus
9 51 2 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2009 11:10PM
Wonderful shot and composition Pamela, the detail, clarity and colour is quite superb.
Glostopcat Plus
11 255 2 England
30 Nov 2009 10:31PM
A stunning image Pamela, the colours, detail and clarity are sublime and you've presented these beautiful flowers so superbly.
Wow, I love this image. Took me back to when i was about 10 and my mom embarrassingly made me go with her to a ladies house to ask what the flower was growing in her garden!!

The colors in this photo seem very true to looking at the actual flower, as opposed to the colors being made overly bright or saturated which I personally find sooo easy to want to do! Brilliant Smile
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1986 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2009 6:01PM
Thankyou all for your lovely comments, they are quite uplifting, and also thanks to those who voted and visited.
13 Dec 2009 9:13PM
Beautiful colours and detail Pamela as well as interesting background information.

Mavis Plus
15 143 2 England
23 Mar 2010 11:12PM
So very beautiful Pamela . The lighting is perfect xx
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
25 May 2010 10:14PM
As is said above, it is pin sharp against the pitch black background that foregrounds the flowers so well. Excellent shot and comp. Thanks a lot for the detailed explanation. The name of the flower in Turkish is "Çarkıfelek" and it means wheel of fortune, I thought you'd like to know.
By the way, all your photos are excellent and I like all of them a lot!
Pamela, I liked your "point of wiew", that makes the diference!

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