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Naked Ladies

Naked Ladies
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Plants
Média: Couleur
Date de prise de vue: 2006-08-18
Catégories: Flowers
Appareil photographique: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposition: f/3.2, 1/1600 secondes
Versions: version originale
Date de soumission: 2006-08-29 23:22
Vue: 5835
Points: 14
[Ligne directrice - Note] Note du photographe
On our weekend trip to the Sonoma Coast (about an hour north of San Francisco), I noticed these beautiful large pink flowers growing in clusters all along the highway. I was enchanted by them and just HAD to pull over to the side of the road and take some pictures of them.

Naked Ladies
Amaryllis belladona

Naked ladies -- the flower bulb -- feature tall, curvaceous and rosy pink flowers. They stand out like Twiggy at a Weight Watchers' convention. Technically called Amaryllis belladona and sometimes known as belladonna lilies, they still are most often simply referred to as good ol' naked ladies.

The reason for their rather racy common name is obvious once you've set eyes on them. You see, during summer, naked ladies are popping up all over, with their pink, fragrant flowers blooming atop 2-foot-high stalks that just happen to be totally leafless -- "naked," if you will.

The trumpet-like flowers put on a show, having six to 12 flowers to a cluster. Flowers are large, about 3 inches in diameter. While light pink is the most common color, they're also available in red, mauve and white, usually with contrasting yellow throats.

"Where's the leaves?" you might be asking. Well, these hardy bulbs have a strange life cycle. The strap-like, deep green leaves appear in spring and die away long before a single flower blooms. By midsummer, the foliage is gone, making way for the naked ladies.

Don't let the delicate pink flowers fool you, though. Naked ladies are tough as nails. The leafless flower stalks appear literally out of nowhere, usually popping through rocky, parched ground in such unusual places as highway median strips or vacant lots.


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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-08-29 23:41]

Hello Manyee,

These flowers are majestuous and wonderful! You did a nice composition by choosing first an excellent pov! The dark bg enhanced veryu well the flowers even if it is a little bit "charged" (is it the good term?).
You managed the exposition perfectly!

Great job and TFS,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2006-08-30 1:07]

Must be fantastic to see these along the roadside! You've captured them beautifully, very sharp against the dark background and I like your composition.
Many thanks, Ulla

Good morning Manyee,
Just time for a quick visit.
Nice capture. enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-30 5:40]

Hi Manyee,
I like this beautiful flowers in my roads too! Wonderful colors and shape. Very good light, details and natural bg.
TFS, José M.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-08-30 8:53]

Hi Manyee!

I'm slightly dissapointed - no REAL naked ladies on your picture ;-) But seriously - great 'family' portrait of beautifull flowers. Especially I like pink colour and shapes of petals. Good work!

Hi Mnayee,
My kind of title :)

These flowers are huge. The colors of the entire plant is really stunning and your composition is superb.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-09-02 14:18]

The colours, the light and the sharpness are great in this beautiful bouquet, ManYee! The pink is absolutely gorgeous :)
The compostion is also good.

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