Mini-Challenge #186 - It's all about Plants

Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grinsPosts: 346Registered Users Major grins
edited May 3, 2014 in The Dgrin Challenges
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Firstly, thank you Davev for picking my photo in the Beatles challenge and thanks for running an interesting and fun challenge.

I've taken a look back at the very comprehensive list of previous challenges, 185 of them now spanning several years and coincidently the first of which (#1 BIFs) was set by Davev on May 4th 2008. The series is now coming up for its 6th Anniversary! Thank you Davev if you were instrumental or contributed to kicking the whole thing off - before my time.

My favourite subject "Wildlife" has been well represented over the years, but it seems to me that "Plants" are not getting much of a look in! ... #80 Trees - Aug 2009, #107 Autumn Colours - Oct 2010 & #120 May Flowers - May 2011. Unless I've missed something its been 3 years since any plants and that was restricted to flowers.

So my challenge is thrown open to all types of plants (even dead ones!) in their natural surroundings i.e. not still life of fruit in bowls, indoor flower arrangements etc. So think trees, fruit / nuts still on trees or where they dropped, fungus, crops, seaweed etc. as well as flowers, also macros or semi abstract so long as it is still clear it is come kind of plant. It can be an arty / stylish shot or a detailed Nature Record shot.

I'm not looking for landscapes which happen to be full of plants. Animals (insects etc.) are allowed in shot but should not distract too much from the plant itself - "It's all about Plants".

The closing date I'll set for just less than 3 weeks from today - closing 9pm BST (UK time) May 2nd which will hopefully allow the winner to kick off #187 on the 6th anniversary on May 4th.

Alan.

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  • lifeinfocuslifeinfocus Phils Imaging Posts: 1,461Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 13, 2014
    Connies Garden
    I will gladly kickoff this mini. Here are some flowers from wife's garden.

    "New Daylily" from a friend who hybridizes daylilies. This one is not yet named. I shot it indoors for him.

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    "Crocus" from a few days ago. I posted this one in the Macro shot gallery this week.

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    "Red Daylily" from last year's garden.

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    http://www.PhilsImaging.com
    "You don't take a photograph, you make it." ~Ansel Adams
    Phil
  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,989Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 13, 2014
    2 4 6 8

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    My kind of flower :D

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    Jeff W

    “PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE ‘JAZZ’ FOR THE EYES…”

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  • kentwallerkentwaller No "Try". Do. or Do Not. Posts: 158Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 13, 2014
    1. succulents
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    2. winter berries on ice
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    3. poppies in wheat
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  • KevXmanKevXman Always grinning! Posts: 945Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2014
    I'll play.

    Wild Blue Phlox
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    Sunflower and Bumble Bee
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    Misty Morning
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    Enjoy today, tomorrow is not guaranteed.

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  • KevXmanKevXman Always grinning! Posts: 945Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2014
    "New Daylily" from a friend who hybridizes daylilies. This one is not yet named. I shot it indoors for him.

    20140413%20-2-XL.jpg

    Phil, this is beautiful and haunting at the same time. Love it!
    — Kevin
    Enjoy today, tomorrow is not guaranteed.

    My Site, My Book
  • lifeinfocuslifeinfocus Phils Imaging Posts: 1,461Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2014
    KevXman wrote: »
    Phil, this is beautiful and haunting at the same time. Love it!
    — Kevin

    Thank you so much. I enjoyed capturing it for my friend. I see you are from Va. We lived in Chantilly and Leesburg for many years - great place. Phil
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    "You don't take a photograph, you make it." ~Ansel Adams
    Phil
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2014
    Having a little difficulty after cataract surgery but before my glasses have been corrected - can't always tell if things are really in focus. But I offer three photos. At first I thought I would concentrate on trees

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    I have quite a few tree silhouettes in the winter showing the different branching habits of tree species. But I couldn't resist this one which was taken with slide film in 1971 in RI (obviously in the fall). Kodak Retina Reflex camera.

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    I was thinking I wouldn't do flowers, but changed my mind for this one which was taken last summer - my husband called me to see the butterflies on this bush in the ravine beside our house. So they are wild flowers.

    And this is a slightly different perspective from all the close-up flower photos

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    taken in 2012 from the tower in Sydney
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2014
    Hi grandmaR

    I don't know if it is just me, but your first image is not displaying.
    I'll PM you as well.

    Alan.
  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Polysemaniac! Worcester, MA, USAPosts: 5,551Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2014
    Alans Grin wrote: »
    Hi grandmaR

    I don't know if it is just me, but your first image is not displaying.
    I'll PM you as well.

    Alan.
    Same here! No 1st image. Just a no entry symbol! :D

    Don
    Don Ricklin - Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, was Pentax K7
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  • CAPTURED2HCAPTURED2H Tiger W Posts: 142Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2014
    ooops it's leaking
  • CAPTURED2HCAPTURED2H Tiger W Posts: 142Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2014
    Hey move,I am trying to shoot the plants
  • CAPTURED2HCAPTURED2H Tiger W Posts: 142Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2014
    what the heck headscratch.gif
  • FiddlestixFiddlestix Wanderer Posts: 145Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2014
    Whew! Can't believe we drank the whole thing!

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    Images from SE Asia - some like it HOT
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    Cheers!
    Stix
  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,715Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 14, 2014
    Alans Grin wrote: »
    Hi grandmaR

    I don't know if it is just me, but your first image is not displaying.
    I'll PM you as well.

    Alan.

    I can see it but I shouldn't be able to. I wasn't happy with it and tried to redo it, but I still can see it so I thought maybe I didn't know what I was doing and hadn't deleted the on line image like I thought I had. So I'm glad to know that I do need to re-submit it.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 15, 2014
    grandmaR wrote: »
    I can see it but I shouldn't be able to. I wasn't happy with it and tried to redo it, but I still can see it so I thought maybe I didn't know what I was doing and hadn't deleted the on line image like I thought I had. So I'm glad to know that I do need to re-submit it.

    Seems fixed now.

    Alan.
  • DonRicklinDonRicklin Polysemaniac! Worcester, MA, USAPosts: 5,551Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 15, 2014
    My set of plants
    1) Nature's little gardens:

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    2) Giant Hen

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    3) Lush Temperate Forest Growth

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    Don Ricklin - Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, was Pentax K7
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  • silvio000silvio000 Major grins Posts: 170Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 15, 2014
    I'll play just because it's such a lovely theme.

    Dandelion
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    Cheers,

    Sílvio
  • kdotaylorkdotaylor Major grins Posts: 1,263Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 16, 2014
    Nice topic...love the photos so far.
    Here are mine:

    #1 Silver White Winter
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    #2 Dare to be Different
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    #3 Lonely Trees
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    Kate
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    "You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." Mark Twain
  • shawncshawnc shawnc Posts: 268Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 18, 2014
    It seems that most of the plant life in Arizona's Desert is designed to "put a hurt on you"

    You can see the outline of the previous leaf on the outside of its neighbor.
    "Making Your Mark"

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    Get The Point?

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    "Curly Cue"

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    Canon 5DII/5D/ 50D/70-200 2.8L IS/ 24-70 2.8L/ 10-22 USM/ 85 1.8/ 50 1.4 / 580ex + II /
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  • EaracheEarache Unsharp and Oversaturated SO CALPosts: 3,533Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 19, 2014
    Plants - Sometimes They Grow on You

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    Brain Salad Surgery


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    Portrait of a Lilac

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    Eric ~ Smugmug
  • Cootiepie14Cootiepie14 Beginner grinner Posts: 1Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited April 19, 2014
    Blue with Envy
    Spring flower.
  • shawncshawnc shawnc Posts: 268Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 21, 2014
    Earache wrote: »
    Plants - Sometimes They Grow on You

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    This is pretty cool. My first thought was:
    "Cha-cha-cha Chia, Cha-cha-cha Chia...people"
    Canon 5DII/5D/ 50D/70-200 2.8L IS/ 24-70 2.8L/ 10-22 USM/ 85 1.8/ 50 1.4 / 580ex + II /
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  • EaracheEarache Unsharp and Oversaturated SO CALPosts: 3,533Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 22, 2014
    shawnc wrote: »
    This is pretty cool. My first thought was:
    "Cha-cha-cha Chia, Cha-cha-cha Chia...people"

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    Eric ~ Smugmug
  • silvio000silvio000 Major grins Posts: 170Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 23, 2014
    My second entry is a "nature plasma globe" or just another dandelion...

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    Cheers,

    Sílvio
  • slpollettslpollett Major grins Posts: 1,077Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2014
    Lots of beautiful entries so far. I have enjoyed looking at each one. I hope you enjoy my humble offering.

    1. Dogwood Blossoms
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    2. Pear Tree Blossoms
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    3. Texas Bluebonnets
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  • ShootingStarShootingStar Major grins le HavrePosts: 145Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2014
    1. Classic but ever so magical

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    2 & 3
    Still undecided...
    Nature can be so different around the world but it is always amazing!

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  • billseyebillseye Major grins Posts: 847Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 27, 2014
    Starburst
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    Cactus Flower
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    Walnut Grove
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    Bill Banning

    Check out billseye photos on SmugMug
  • CHANDLERJACHANDLERJA Light Seeker Posts: 400Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 29, 2014
    1.
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    2.
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    3.
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    Jeromy
    http://snaptx.smugmug.com/
    Light is everything in life and photography.
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited April 29, 2014
    There are really entries in here - well done and keep them coming!
    This mini will close in 3 days time - 9pm May 2nd (BST - UK)

    Alan.
  • Alans GrinAlans Grin Major grins Posts: 346Registered Users Major grins
    edited May 2, 2014
    This mini is now closed -
    great shots everyone ... as always, judging will not be easy so give me a short while and I'll post the results as soon as I can.

    Alan.
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