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Quaker Bonnets

By pamelajean
Firstly, thankyou Maureen (Paree), Trev (TrevBatWCC), Albert (fentiger), Adrian (tomcat), Lillian (Lillian), Jane (Snapitt) and Philip (Philip_H) for your treasured User Awards on "Eye Of Heaven", that was most unexpected.

I know they're Lupins, but thought I'd give them one of their alternative names.
This is a differente view to the last one I uploaded under "Bluebonnets", taken at West Dean Gardens (situated in the rolling folds of the South Downs National Park in Chichester). Unfortunately, most were backed by large white greenhouses, so I had to change the backgrounds.
Also known as Old Maid's Bonnet, Wild Bean, Wild Pea and Jackrabbit, the lupin is a tall ornamental herbaceous perennial with flowers on dense open whorls with a typical peaflower shape.

The name 'Lupin' derives from the Latin word lupinus or lupus (meaning wolf), and was given with regard to the fact that many found the plant had a tendency to ravage the land on which it grew.
It was thought that the lupin WOLFED down the nutrients from the ground, whereas it actually fertilizes the land around it.
The peas, which appear after the flowering period, were also said to be fit only for the consumption of wolves, but actually the protein-rich beans are edible and have long been cultivated for cattle fodder.
(I told you this before, but haven't any more folklore to reveal to you).


Tags: Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated Lupine Pea family Legume Lupinus Lupininae Genisteae Fabaceae Faboideae

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21 Aug 2012 11:58AM
Stunning and beautiful work Pam,well done..Lin

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fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
21 Aug 2012 12:01PM
I didn't think Lupins could look so good ~ an exquisitely beautiful and well composed image.
Great work Pamela.

gary_d 8 576 13 Wales
21 Aug 2012 12:37PM
The background works so well to enhance the beauty of the flowers, a stunning floral image Pamela. - gary
21 Aug 2012 12:45PM
Beautiful colours, composition and detail Pamela, a lovely image,
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 12:46PM
They do look lovely grown in clusters. The background colours work well, and with the new button to remove all other details they look even better still SmileSmile
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
21 Aug 2012 12:47PM
The gradient background serves as a most beautiful compliment for your lupines---well chosen !!!

Did you make it?
jdinne 13 16 England
21 Aug 2012 1:25PM
Perfection presented beautifully.

4 3 7 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 1:39PM
Excellent image. Had a look through your pf and found it excellent. You have got a unique style and approach to your flower pics that I find very eye catching. Keep up the great and colourful work!Grin
mrswoolybill Plus
9 986 1501 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 2:40PM
Clean, fresh, gorgeous colour.
CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
21 Aug 2012 3:06PM
A top class presentation, Pamela. Carol
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
21 Aug 2012 4:08PM
Lupine are not the easiest flowers to capture but you have succeeded so well with this shot, Pamela: and what a splendid graduated b/g for them.
A truly very beautiful image.
7 10 10 England
21 Aug 2012 4:12PM
Everything about this is beautiful from the background to the lovely lupins. I never knew they had so many names.
franken Plus
14 4.0k 4 Wales
21 Aug 2012 4:23PM
A truly beautiful image Pamela!

21 Aug 2012 4:32PM
A cracker love it

Billyray 8 70 3 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 4:47PM
Superb work Pamela. The flower really stand out against the background you have provided. Yop class shot.
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
21 Aug 2012 5:30PM
Another superb piece of work here, Pamela, just love all those colours, and the variable coloured background too. Excellent Smile
Trev Smile
21 Aug 2012 5:46PM
Gorgeous image Pam, well done.

John Smile
mikepearce 7 3 1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 6:08PM
nice work great colours and nice background!
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 6:09PM
Fascinating description Pamela and a pin sharp image - as usual - beautifully taken and presented!
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 6:16PM
Stunning colour and detail!
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1834 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 6:39PM
Thankyou so much for your User Award, Ken.

JENN: I made the gradient background in PaintshopPro and am still struggling to perfect the resultsTongue.

ChiliMan 10 135 17 Singapore
21 Aug 2012 6:56PM
Fascinating info once again, Pamela...AND...once again, a stellar floral portrait!!

Your backgrounding and selecting around the plant is wonderful SmileSmile

WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
21 Aug 2012 7:05PM
A sharp, colourful capture of the flower but that background makes a superb image, Pamela. Excellent work.

1881 4 India
21 Aug 2012 8:03PM

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An absolute beauty Pamela. The colours are gorgeous. Love it!!

EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
21 Aug 2012 8:35PM
The colours simply sing out from this image and it's a stunner in every respect. Enjoyed your info too. Clearly I hadn't read it the first time around!!

zapar40 6 66 5 Wales
21 Aug 2012 8:47PM
how beautiful they stand out with a colourful background, superb colourful image.
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
21 Aug 2012 8:52PM
Such beautiful flowers Pamela - the mauve /yellow combination looks wonderful. Just a little in this.Smile
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 9:26PM
Struggling to perfect? if only I could get them looking this good!
Pamela absolutely beautiful..they always get
better and better.
canonfan 6 7 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 10:24PM
Stunning colour and well captured Pamela
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
22 Aug 2012 12:28AM
sadly we can't grow them here, our soil just doesn't do for them

So your picture is even more welcome, a well composed arrangement of beautiful colours. I like how you found all the different sizes to form a family group
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
22 Aug 2012 1:00AM
Gorgeous colours Pamela.
And fine work with the BG too.
Excellent shot.
Ray42 8 3 England
22 Aug 2012 6:57AM
A very lovely image - a nifty bit of processing - excellent work
Amazing detail as it always is with your work, top class work.

pamelajean Plus
10 969 1834 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2012 4:41PM
Thanks, Dave, it is very kind of you to favour me with your User Award.

BRIAN: You are right. It's "one I did earlier"Sad!
Jat_Riski 8 87 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2012 8:38AM
Great shot.
23 Aug 2012 12:16PM
Very interesting explanation and just a brilliant photo!
Regards Valery
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
23 Aug 2012 2:30PM
Yes I'd forgotten they had that nickname. Beautifully presented. paul
Gerryrys 4 1 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 5:03PM
This is a fantastic presentation Pam. That background is sublime. Grin

6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
24 Aug 2012 9:35PM
A piece of work, which clearly highlights your immense talent, and is therefore so very worthy of many accolades bestowed upon it.

Regards Nathan
xwang 7 55 8
24 Aug 2012 10:12PM
Superb colour and clarity. There is no way I can change the background without making a mess,Grin but you did superbly. The light is wonderful without flash and the clarity is great!! A very beautiful image indeed. I thought it was a small aperture and flash was used. It seems that EPZ's lay out of the page has changed. I don't remember that I could see the camera settings before...
BTW, thank you very much for your kind and helpful comments all the time, Palema.
24 Aug 2012 10:50PM
Wow, beautiful in every way. Smile
25 Aug 2012 2:30PM
A beautiful and well composed image.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
25 Aug 2012 5:53PM
What a wonderful array of beautiful bright colours Pamela and you've presented these gorgeous flowers to perfection. I don't know about quaker bonnets but some of the flower photographers on here will be quaking in their boots when they see the standard you've set for them to follow!Grin
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
25 Aug 2012 7:48PM
Thanks for your recent comments etc Pam, for some reason I keep overlooking your work, I've no idea why? Anyway, I've favourited you now, you didn't feel a thing did you Grin So from now on I'll have no excuse's for overlooking anything that takes my eye, rather like this wonderful image!

25 Aug 2012 8:21PM
Love the composition and the colours are fantastic of these gorgeous your background...........WinkWinkWink
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1834 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2012 8:39PM
Thankyou all for your lovely comments and encouraging votes, and a special thankyou to Ed for your User Award.
netta1234 Plus
4 371 2 Wales
26 Aug 2012 1:45PM
I dont know how I missed this in the Gallery,but I really like it for the lovely colours,Great clear shot with a beautiful BG.
26 Aug 2012 5:11PM
Hi quality image Pamela, I think I have never ever before seen a more clear, more shiny flower image!
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
26 Aug 2012 10:39PM
Lovely clarity and colours Pamela. Interesting info too.
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
29 Aug 2012 12:55PM
Tibetan 4 3 England
30 Aug 2012 1:29PM
Your presentation of flowers is some thing else again! and Brilliant to say the least, love it, and by the way Gareth got the Chipiti details correct will tell you later, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
1 Sep 2012 10:09AM
The Lupins are perfectly beautiful Pamela. I just love your clever use of the delicate background xx
12 Jan 2013 10:07AM
beautiful! x
DonMc 8 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2013 12:27PM
Truly amazing flower image!SmileSmileSmile

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