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Weed or Wildflower? - Kelly Country

These tiny flowers grow wild and abundantly in this neck of the woods - I shall need Floribunda's expertise to put a name to it.

Handheld with an E-520 + 50-200 + IS, LSF jpeg, minimal CS3 adjustments.
I wonder how much better it might have been shot from a pod in RAW with an E-3 or E-5?

The iconic hill above Glen Rowan, NE Victoria was used as a lookout by infamous outlaw, Ned Kelly.

E-3 + 12-60, LSF jpeg, moderate CS3 adjustments.
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Re: Weed or Wildflower? - Kelly Country

They say a weed is any plant in the wrong place, this is obviously in the category of wild flower. Very delicate especially with the lighting, early morning?

#3 is very atmospheric with the haze providing nice perspective.

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Re: Weed or Wildflower? - Kelly Country

No 2 is a great composition but the light is perhaps a little too harsh and contrasty.

The flower is delicate and beautiful, enhanced by the water drops. The patch of unshaded lihjt falling on the lower petal could have caused problems but you've nailed the exposure and just stopped this from burning out. An excellent picture.

No 3 is, as David says, very atmospheric. The haze does enough to soften the light, preventing shadows from blocking up, and the strong side-lighting adds depth and drama to the scene. Another excellent shot.
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Re: Weed or Wildflower? - Kelly Country

Like them Pandora - know the area well.

As all of us Aussies know - harsh and contrasty light is a real p[roblem - but its why we live here.

You should have the problem!
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Re: Weed or Wildflower? - Kelly Country

Can't help you with this one Mark - Ross may know.
It is very similar to the Pandorea species (and I am NOT being funny - there really is a Pandorea species!!) but it is a vine and you didn't mention the foliage at all.

The reflections in the shots are lovely - very Australian!
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Re: Weed or Wildflower? - Kelly Country

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Like them Pandora - know the area well.

As all of us Aussies know - harsh and contrasty light is a real p[roblem - but its why we live here.

You should have the problem!
I like them too. A good answer.
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Re: Weed or Wildflower? - Kelly Country

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Like them Pandora - know the area well.

As all of us Aussies know - harsh and contrasty light is a real p[roblem - but its why we live here.

You should have the problem!
It's a problem I could learn to live with!
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Re: Weed or Wildflower? - Kelly Country

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Can't help you with this one Mark - Ross may know.
It is very similar to the Pandorea species (and I am NOT being funny - there really is a Pandorea species!!) but it is a vine and you didn't mention the foliage at all.

The reflections in the shots are lovely - very Australian!
I'm not sure if I know this one unless a small flower means 5cm across, then it could be related to this very prevalent weed vine we have here which is Morning Glory (Ipomoea indica-CONVOLVULACEAE) & you can almost see the thing grow as you watch it (slightly exaggerated, but does grow fast).

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The native Pandorea Pandorana (up to 1.5cm across) & Pandorea Jasminoides (up to 5cm across) have their colour variations but I'm sure it isn't one of those because the colours are not known to be bicolour but just a deeper colour in the throat of the flower (pinks or white/cream with Pandorana having an overall yellow added in the variety called Golden Showers).

Now that you have my interest in it, Mark, what size is this flower & what do the leaves look like?
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Re: Weed or Wildflower? - Kelly Country

David, John, Terry, Lyn and Ross - thanks to you each and all for your thoughts and interest.

I can understand how you John would see some of our Aussie pics as too contrasty if you have never been Downunder..
Indeed, on clear blue days our low angle bright winter sun casts very deep shadows and contrasts are extreme.
Coming from the UK you would have to see it to believe it.

Lyn and Ross, here is the out of camera original that gives a better idea of scale.
It is a tine bloom, about 2cm in diameter, very pretty but definitely not a cultured plant. It just grows wild.
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Re: Weed or Wildflower? - Kelly Country

I must get some sleep. I have been invited to do a shoot from a Russian Yak Fighter Trainer airplane in the morning - should be fun if I don't get killed.

I covered their meet last year around this time but from a hot air ballon instead, you may recall my post on it.
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Re: Weed or Wildflower? - Kelly Country

I must get some sleep. I have been invited to do a shoot from a Russian Yak Fighter Trainer airplane in the morning - should be fun if I don't get killed.

I covered their meet last year around this time but from a hot air ballon instead, you may recall my post on it.
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Re: Weed or Wildflower? - Kelly Country

Looking forward to seeing your photos of the Russian Yak Fighter Trainer airplane. You must have been getting tired with a double post.

I still don't know what the flower is (yet).
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Re: Weed or Wildflower? - Kelly Country

Can't add anything to the flower ID but have to say they are lovely shots Mark.
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Can't add anything to the flower ID but have to say they are lovely shots Mark.
Thanks there Phil, and the Yaks will be up some time this morning.
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Re: Weed or Wildflower? - Kelly Country

Thanks Mark for a larger photo - with a flower it is always helpful to see some foliage.

I don't know what Ross thinks, but the leaves look suspiciously like one of the Oxalis family to me. There are over 800 types, and I may be well off the mark here - it still could be a wildflower - but my vote is for a weed.
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