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First Fritillary

By phil_j  
The first of the annual explosion of Snakes-head Fritillary at North Meadow, Cricklade have started to break ground.
Still a couple of weeks away from being all out and in the glory, but a few early starters are begining to flower.
In this stage it is easy to see how they gained the name Snakes-head.
This was taken today, but I plan to return when more are out and in later development.
I resisted the temptaion to clone out the yellow flower in the foreground, in the end I thought it worked in well with the overall shot.

Many thanks for viewing yesterday's Toad close up, and a very big thank you to Stace for his UA, very much appreciated.


Tags: General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: ickle_janie, alfie99, ColouredImages and 69 more

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27 Mar 2011 8:34PM

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alfie99 9 1 Wales
27 Mar 2011 8:35PM
delightfull image...aled
franken Plus
15 4.3k 4 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2011 8:51PM
Beautiful image Phil.

27 Mar 2011 8:57PM
Very nice, great DOF control.
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2011 9:09PM
I really like the composition, I think the odd blade of grass and flower add to the natural fell of the composition. If it is too clean I think the photo becomes sterile

bfgstew 11 668 105 England
27 Mar 2011 10:08PM
Gets a thumbs up from me Phil, look forward to seeing them in full bloom.
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
27 Mar 2011 10:28PM
Went here last year, got some excellent images best display for years the warden said. Looks as if a good start Phil. Ron.
Maiwand 10 3 73 England
27 Mar 2011 10:36PM
Looking forward to seeing these again Phil.
Anjantoo 9 7 1 England
27 Mar 2011 10:59PM
Stunning, pleased to give you the 30th vote.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
28 Mar 2011 12:59AM
Perfect exposure, light, composition, and everything else, Congrats for the award!
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
28 Mar 2011 5:59AM

Quote:Perfect exposure, light, composition, and everything else, Congrats for the award!

My thoughts too,, Phil. Carol
pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2011 7:58AM
gosh are these in bloom already, simple but effective shot
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
28 Mar 2011 8:35AM
ahhh..... it is that time of the year again....Smile
Steve_S Plus
11 180 3 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2011 8:50PM
Great image Phil
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 118 Scotland
28 Mar 2011 10:27PM
SUPERB: many congrats. on the HC.
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
30 Mar 2011 8:08PM
A first class image Phil, congratulations on the HC award. I visited North Meadow last year and the display was really spectacular

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