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Spring Harlequin

Spring Harlequin
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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: 2008-09-24
Categories: Nature, Artwork
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flowers in My Garden - part 2, Friday Theme 2009/03/20 "Spring Day" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-20 0:47
Viewed: 1941
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Harlequin Flower / Wand Flower
Sparaxis tricolor

This is a ‘grow anywhere’ and a 'brighten up your day' type of flower.

Isn't it vibrantly colourful?

This beauty grows well in NZ. And therefore that means it will grow okay in my garden. I also have some purple and yellow Harlequin Flowers that appear each year too.

It got its name from its extremely colourful flowers which are bi- or tri-coloured with a golden centre and a small ring of black surrounded by another colour.

Sparaxis tricolour is a bulb-forming perennial plant that grows in well-drained sunny soil. And what I like about it – once it stops flowering I ignore it until its greenery dies away and it appears again every spring. . . as I said – it's MY KINDA FLOWER!!

Thanks Christine / CMJC for the theme idea this week. With autumn arriving in New Zealand now it was good to search through my photos for a Spring flower.

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  • KBE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 571 W: 132 N: 805] (3839)
  • [2009-03-20 0:50]

Hello Janice
Fantastic capture i'd say!
Excellent colors and sharpness! A perfect shot!
Great DOF and composition

Have a great spring :)


Hi Janice,
Fantastic exposition of this lovely flower, I like its strong yellow and red tones very much. Fresh, vivid, vibrant... everything that a spring flower has to have. Perfect depth and focus on the subject, overall a fine macro with a nice note. TFS and have a nice weekend!
Best wishes,

Striking image Janice of a beautiful flower, great colour saturation, well photographed

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2009-03-20 0:54]

Hello Janice,
fantastic colors, excellent composition

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-03-20 0:56]

Hi Janice...
Beautiful macro...
Beautiful colors, composition...
Have a nice weekend...

Magnifique photo esthétiquement très réussie et parfaite techniquement. Vraiment splendide!

What splendid colours Janice, very well captured!!

And just as you move into autumn too...

Kia Ora as you say :)

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-03-20 1:01]

wonderful..Nice presentation.I liked colours so much..TFS.Necla.

Hi Janice.

Extraordinary macro shot with beautiful, strong colors and some kind of atmosphere that has so strong impact on me. Beautiful, gentle frame too!

And you re right: "This is a ‘grow anywhere’ and a 'brighten up your day' type of flower."

Best regards,

Wow Janice, incredible photo. So clear and focused, perfect border and wonderful colours within the flower. Excellent entry for "Spring Day".


HI Janice,

Stunning colours and details captured here. Effective DOF used. A fine contribution towards the Friday theme. Well done!

Regards and tfs,

Great colors, contrast and & presentation.
Well done


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  • Margy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 103 W: 6 N: 221] (2520)
  • [2009-03-20 1:35]

Hi Janice,

What a wonderful flowers you have in N.Z.!
It doesn't look familiar to me.
Beautiful composition and superb colors and DOF.
Thanks, Marga

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2009-03-20 1:43]

een wondermooie macro !

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  • Jan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 451 W: 139 N: 813] (5358)
  • [2009-03-20 2:39]

A beautiful Spring photo!!
What a marvellous colours! It almost jumbs out of the photo!
Good focus!

Well done, Janice!

Splendid looking Flower Painting, Janice.
Excellent work and beautifully presented here.
Thinking to print it out and give it with Meri who goes monday with her three other sisters on their yearly sisters week.
They also fill their time with painting and playing house games.
Ciske and Netty are good free time art painters.
If they do, I'll let you know the result.
Kia Ora and groeten van Jan

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-03-20 2:47]

What a wonderful shot !


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  • GLJ Gold Star Critiquer [C: 54 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-03-20 3:48]

Bonjour Janice
Très belle fleur,ce jaune et rouge se détache à merveille du fond flou.
Bonne journée

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-03-20 4:55]

HI Janice
Good crop and color saturation and a good dof .
PP frame is perfect and well done.
That is one colorful and pretty flower

Beautiful Janice. This is a flower I'm not familiar with!
Great color, and great focus on the leading flower.
Have a nice weekend.

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2009-03-20 10:18]

Hello Janice!

Beautiful, splendid flowers, colours, light and pretty background.

I congratulate realization and I greet warmly.

Stunning colors and excellent focus, Janice.
Beautiful DOF and fine presentation.
Congratulations, my friend! TFS.


Yeah!! Now that's color!! Very nice work Janice! This is a great posting for the theme! Nice DOF! Your framing matches the flower too! Good job!

Hi Janice, what a beautiful flower which i did not see before! excelent macro of this beauty with nice soft lighting and details.
TFS and cheers,

Stunning colours accentuated by the frame you have chosen and no "grumble bee".

Hello Jan,

This is a delightful shot of the flower: sharp, colourful, perfectly positioned in the frame and with a good dof.
I just love how the flower has a character. It appears to be singing loudly!

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

Nice colours and sharpness. Good dof and border. TFS
warm regards

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-03-20 20:12]

Hi Janice,
WOW! This Harlequin Flower has a great presence! What a proud pose! Excellent choice for the theme!
The photo is perfectly done in all aspects, focus, colors, sharpeness, composition. My congratulations! Annie

hello Janice,

i never seen this flower before.. did you post this one before? im too lazy to check.. hehehee.. im not really fond of red flower but with the yellow in the middle.. it look so beautiful.. yes very vibrant colours.. very good one for the theme.. well done..

regards, terry

*i don't join this week because i don't have spring shot.. :)

Hi Janice,
Beautiful capture nicely composed and presented for the theme, Excellent POV. and very sharp composition. great colors flowers and lovely details,
all is perfect...

  • CMJC Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 193 N: 124] (1191)
  • [2009-03-21 9:04]

your flower heart is really mervellous! I want to be a bee! a very nice presentation frame and colors are really good
and have a nice autumn!

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2009-03-21 12:16]

Great colours in this shot Janice..very vibrant..and I do like your soft BG.. well done my friend..

Hope your enjoying your weekend.


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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2009-03-21 12:55]

Hi Janice
A beautiful Spring photo!!
What a marvellous colours - beautiful flowers

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  • Gasleb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 32 N: 152] (2219)
  • [2009-03-21 19:06]

Amazing flowers wow! the colors is wonderful!I remember the name this flowers for allways.Verey good Macro! and focus.BRAVO!

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2009-03-21 19:58]

Bonsoir Janice,

Nice flower close-up . Well balanced compostion. Sharp focus and perfect exposure. I love the color harmony. And the shallow DOF is splendid. Great shot and TFS.


Ciao Janice, splendid flower with fantastic colors, wonderful details and great sharpness, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Olá Janice

Excelente trabalho.
Flores lindíssimas e cores adoráveis com belo contraste.
Linda composição, meus parabéns!

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2009-03-24 8:32]

Hi Janice
I agree the contrast of colors are really wonderful! The perfect BG is super!


This is beautiful - I love the detail in the centre

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