Results of Mini-Challenge 253 - Wildflower Portraits

DavidRGillespieDavidRGillespie Chilliwack, British Columbia, CanadaRegistered Users Posts: 559 Many Grins
edited October 5, 2017 in The Dgrin Challenges

This was a great set of images and putting together some kind of ranking has been tough. It was a treat to see so many plants from different places and I find myself going back to all of the images for yet another look. A couple of botanical notes -

@sarasphotos - your image #3 is likely in the genus Malvus or rose mallow. It is very closely related to hollyhock.

@bfluegie - your image #3 is a crane's bill, genus Geranium - I am not exactly sure which one this is. The group is sufficiently complex that you need to be an expert to sort them out.

Now to the rankings

HM to @Cavalier for the image of witches hair. The lighting on the individual threads gives a really clear impression of the structure of this unusual plant

Third place to @sapphire73 for the image of fireweed. You captured everything from a faded flower to an unopened bud in this image and you placed the anthers and stamens nicely against the pink of the flowers,

Second place to @sarasphotos for the image of the poppy. I loved the framing, and the way the delicate red petals sit against the soft green background

First place to @Jørgen_Bjerring for the great image of orange hawkweed. There is trememdous detail that shows up in the photograph, especially the hairs on the petiole and sepals, and the lighting creates a really nice 3-D effect that makes the image a lot of fun to look at again and again.

on a botanical note, orange hawkweed is a major invasive weed here in western Canada, and lots of effort is going into its control. In Europe, it is a really nice member of the roadside flower assemblage. Thanks again to everyone who participated. Over to you Jørgen!


  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyRegistered Users Posts: 2,825 Major grins

    Dave, thanks so much for the botanical information and the 2nd place! There were so many wonderful entries I'm sure you had a difficult time judging.

    Congratulation to Jørgen, Gretchen & Jo for the well-deserved wins and HM. @Jørgen_Bjerring: I'm looking forward to the next challenge.

  • JAGJAG Photomaniac Wasilla, AKSuper Moderators Posts: 7,459 moderator

    Great round of images! Congratulations to @Jørgen_Bjerring for winning this round at all the runner ups and HM! So now its your turn Jørgen to set up the next challenge using the challenge unofficial rules as a guide.

  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Many Grins

    @DavidRGillespie, many thanks for a great carrying through of this mini-challenge and congratulations to Sara, Gretchen and Jo. I am proud to be a winner in such a hard competition. My winning photo is also popular in some other connection. I have a running production of post cards with the photo on to satisfy the needs of my daughters in law :) . I hope to set up an interesting challenge. It's the first time I am hooked on such a task and therefore I will be grateful for any help (guidelines) to technical matters (example: is there any easy way to get hold of the green linked names?).

  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumRegistered Users Posts: 5,947 Major grins

    Congrats to Jørgen for a great win in such a tough competition. Also congrats to the other places and HM's. All very worthwhile and nice to look at.

    Looking forward to what theme you come up with Jørgen and I'm sure the mods here can help you with the technical stuff.

    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaRegistered Users Posts: 2,428 Major grins

    Dave, thanks so much for the HM. Witches hair is one of my favorite plants/parasites - kinda looks like my hair in the morning.

    Congratulations to Sara, Gretchen and Jorgen - great stuff guys!

  • bfluegiebfluegie Big grins IndianaRegistered Users Posts: 552 Major grins

    Thanks for the info for my previously unidentified flower David. You ran an excellent challenge and I enjoyed seeing all the wonderful entries. Congrats to Jørgen for the win--love the detail in that flower. Also congrats to Sara, and Gretchen for placing and to Jo for the HM.

  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Many Grins

    @pegelli, @Cavalier and @bfluegie:

    Many thanks for your kind congratulations, Pieter, Jo and Barbara :)

  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Registered Users Posts: 1,746 Major grins

    Congratulations to all of the winners and thanks to David for an informative and educational contest

    “" adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • sapphire73sapphire73 Major grins PennsylvaniaRegistered Users Posts: 1,702 Major grins

    Dave, many thanks for a fun mini and for the 3rd place nod! And congratulations to Jørgen and Sara! :smile:

  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 Many Grins

    @grandmaR and @sapphire73 (Gretchen):

    Many thanks for your kind congratulations :)

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