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A Hairy Geranium

A Hairy Geranium
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-14
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Artwork
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 17-40mm f.4 L USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-03 1:53
Viewed: 2485
Points: 24
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Madiera Cranesbill
Geranium maderense

Iíve had photos of this plant for a long time since (November 2005) and I had no idea what it was called.

I never thought it would be a geranium

Two feet tall, three foot long fleshy branches with leaves radiating out in all directions from a thick woody trunk, a purple blaze of quarter size flowers clustered together at the ends of hairy petioles, make this variety of geranium unlike any other!

I just loved the hairy stems, and especially when the sun was shining on them.

Geranium maderense is native to Madeira, an island off the coast of Portugal, and is an example of what can happen, botanically speaking, to a seed that may have floated on driftwood, carried in a bird's beak, caught in the hoof of a goat, or blown by the wind to its new island home.

In its struggle to survive, it underwent changes from being in a different climate, among different predators and pollinators, and facing competition from new and different plants. Some, or a combination of all of these factors, caused the seed to evolve and change over vast periods of time into a geranium wildly different from the ones we know so well and grow in our gardens and window boxes.

Quoting: http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/Gardens/bloom_06_04.html

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Hello Janice.
Splendid looking picture of this rare Geranium.
Gorgeous frame, you used too.
Groeten van Jan

OlŠ Janice,
Amazing shot, nice composition. Great POV and PPW.
Is a tender post.

Hello Janice,
Wonderful angle of wiew.
Wopnderful details and soft colors.
Well done presentation also...
My compliments
Selahattin E

Hello Janice!
Really lovely and very interesting your pink flower!
Good light, beautiful colours, great detail!
Nice point of view and the frame, too!
Best regards!

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-06-03 3:13]

This is a first for me! I have never seen one of these and it's beautiful!! This is a really gorgeous picture!!! TFS and have a happy day!

Hi Janice
Excellent macro with stately details. Beautiful flower on excellent compo
Best wishes

Hi Janice,
Very very beautiful composition,beautiful flower.Cobgratulation.
Best regards,

Beautiful capture.
Excellent sharpness and details.
Never seen one like that.

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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2008-06-03 12:38]

Hi Janice
Orginal flowers! Beautiful macro! Really lovely...

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-06-03 15:31]

Amazing details in those tiny hairs!
Great composition, wonderful light

I think you need a cutting of this one Janice. An interesting specimen and it has developed some unique properties. Lovely colour and teh sun on the hairs is very striking. TFS,

PS I am now finally getting at least favourite notifications via TL.

Good colour, DOF and frame.

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