New England Aster, bracts

Posted by karla (Omaha, United States) on 25 October 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (Aster novae-angliae)
The bracts are the green extensions that are below the flower rays (petals). I am learning some biology here! ;) Several clumps of this perennial native forb live in and around my yard. In the previous post, you can see two clumps along the fence and one just beyond the gate. The color there is of the open flowers in daylight. This image todayshows a hint of magenta, but with more blue tones due to the lighting (at 6 p.m. a couple of weeks ago) and the camera angle. The New England aster has long stems which grow between 2.5 and 6 feet, depending on locale and rainfall. In my yard, they are taller than ever this year, a bit taller than 4 feet, due to the early season rainfall. The bees and butterflies love this plant, which blooms from late August into October, a time when other flowers are losing their oomph or are completely finished, the bees are collecting nectar for winter stores an the butterflies are preparing for migration or hibernation.

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Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Great close-up and interesting explanatory notes. Love the composition, the wonderful details and the purple tint.

25 Oct 2011 7:26am

@Arnd: Thanks, Arnd. That makes two of us loving that purple! I appreciate your visits and comments.

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Congratulations for this macro !

25 Oct 2011 4:21pm

@Calusarus: Thanks!!! And thank you for your visit here.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Exquisite! I love the composition and the colors.

25 Oct 2011 5:53pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks, Steve! Tried something a bit different here.

Nathanael from Paris, France

I would to take flower like that ... may be in a other life...

25 Oct 2011 6:40pm

@Nathanael: Merci! Practice, practice!!! :)

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Very pretty, and nicely framed.

25 Oct 2011 6:44pm

@Rick: Thanks, Rick. Thanks for stopping and commenting!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

5***** This is a wonderful photo... Congratulations ! Have a nice day :)

25 Oct 2011 7:07pm

@Tamara: Thanks, Tamara!! nice surprise to see you here... I appreciate it very much. :)

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Beautiful shot, almost painterly.

25 Oct 2011 9:06pm

@Curly: Thank you, Curly! I must say, it surprised me while I was preparing it for posting. The purple and green combination has been a favorite since playing with childhood blocks of various colors. That was of course several previous lifetimes ago. ;)

franz from Baden, Austria

stunningly beautiful closeup of yet another flower i cannot really place; not even sure we have them here ...

25 Oct 2011 9:31pm

@franz: I'll post more of these, a closer look. :) Thanks for your comments!

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Superbe composition avec des coloris magnifiques ... compliments

25 Oct 2011 9:56pm

@mimicy: Thanks! Thanks for your visit and comment. I appreciate that very much.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

absolutely stunning. bravo

25 Oct 2011 11:43pm

@john4jack: Thanks, Jack! Appreciate the comment and your stopping by. :)

Albert from Unalaska, United States

Great Shot, I love the framing and the DOF control. You also managed to keep the detail super sharp!

26 Oct 2011 2:00am

@Albert: Thanks, Albert! I tried hard on detail...took a couple of images and this was the best of the bunch.

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, this is a superb macro - love the details and colors here. Well done Karla!

26 Oct 2011 2:26am

@Jason Politte: Thank you very much, Jason!

Maria from California, United States

great job on this Karla

26 Oct 2011 3:52am

@Maria: Thank you, Maria! It is very nice of you to stop by and leave a comment. I appreciate it greatly.

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

very beautiful close up and framing! great details!

26 Oct 2011 12:52pm

@klausZ: Thanks, Klaus! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your nice note.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Amazing and wonderful capture of this beauty!

26 Oct 2011 6:46pm

@Marleen: Thanks, Marleen, for your visit and comment!

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

MAgnificent colours and perspective here, Karla. I love the contrasts between the dark and the light areas - both exquisitely shown! Just a marvelous close up shot! Thank you VERY much for commenting on my post from the other day about water everywhere ;-) I definitely appreciate it ...I wish you all the best ;-) Denny

26 Oct 2011 6:47pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks, Denny! Thanks for your visit here and your very nice comments. I do appreciate hearing specifics of the goods and the bads of the images. And your are welcome in turn! :) I found your images and the commentary very thought-provoking and interesting.

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

I like your selective focus and POV. Gorgeous color as well.

27 Oct 2011 1:59am

@Julie L. Brown: Thanks Julie! I appreciate the comment. I think it was the color at first that caught me, too, then those bracts!

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

Oh wow!!! This is one terrific image! I love love love the composition - great use of rule of thirds. The detail on the leaves is fantastic!! 5 stars for sure!

27 Oct 2011 7:55am

@Anina Botes: Thanks, Anina!! The composition was a bit of an experiment for me.

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

i love the tone and the lighting in your shot also the green background emphasizes the beauty and freshness ; very stylish capture

27 Oct 2011 2:32pm

@Othersideblue: Thank you, Kerman. Nice to see you here, thanks for the visit and the very lovely comment, very much appreciated!

Don from Spokane, United States

A gorgeous plant and you've captured it qualities so very well. Excellent close in photography.

27 Oct 2011 2:45pm

@Don: There will be more images of this plant, eventually. It has proved very sturdy and reliable in my yard. The bees and butterflies love it, too.

Marcie from Newton, United States

Exquisitely beautiful..magical color and detail!

27 Oct 2011 5:53pm

@Marcie: Thanks, Marcie!! I personally love greens and purples together. The colors worked out surprisingly well in this image.

Nilla´s photo shoots from Östergötland, Sweden

Wonderful effects at the bracts!! First i thought it was FROST.

28 Oct 2011 6:06am

@Nilla´s photo shoots: Those white spots do look like frost. I was surprised by them, also. It is, I suspect, the way the light was striking the somewhat hairy surface of the bracts that created those intense highlights. :)

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

This is a dream of a shot. Lovely colors; they glow with light. I enjoy your off-center placement of them.

29 Oct 2011 7:11am

@DULCIE: Thank you so much, Dulcie! I am pleased you like this one. The off-center was a bit of experiment for me. I was raised with the idea of symmetry, but I am learning! ;)

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Nice! I like the angle of view you chose.

4 Nov 2011 6:33pm

@Anita: Thanks!

Nikon D300
1/500 second
F/5.0
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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