6 February 2008

Chrysanthemum


My favourite flower in all the world is the chrysanthemum. There are so many varieties to choose from. I thought i'd show the back of the chrysanthemum cos I like the textures and the variagation of the petals.

Chrysanthemums are a genus of plants that flower. They were first cultivated in China and thought of as an herb by the Chinese. They also have played an important symbolic role in Japanese history, where it was probably first introduced in the 8th century. The chrysanthemum inspired the Japanese seal of the emperor, and the position of emperor was often referred to as the Chrysanthemum Throne. Westerners had to wait until the 17th century for the introduction of these lovely plants.
Gardeners may shorten the name of these plants to “mums.” They are frequently a gardener’s delight because there are over 30 varieties of the chrysanthemum. Also the chrysanthemum contains a chemical called pyrethrum, which helps naturally repel most bugs. The chrysanthemum is also a perennial, so established beds of the flowers will come back to delight each year.
There is amazing variance in appearance among mums. Some varieties of chrysanthemum closely resemble a daisy. Others look like a button shape, with small short petals. Pompom chrysanthemums are also popular, with a close, round flower. Large daisy –like mums are often referred to as florists’ chrysanthemums since they are likely to be used in floral arrangement.


Settings


  • Camera Olymus E500

  • Aperture - f/22

  • Shutter speed - 2 sec

  • ISO-100

  • Focal Length - 50mm

  • Exposure compensation - 0 step

2 comments:

Susanne49 said...

You have some very nice shots here, Carole!

Keep on doing, you're on the right way! Especially your flower shots are very nice and I liked also the water-wave scene.

I myself don't like to take the tripod with me...still not today after now over almost 35 years being working in photography.:-)

Thanks for your kind comment on my blog.

Carole said...

35 years in photography is a long time. I've only been doing it over a year. Thank you so much for your kind comments. I value all comments good and bad, it's the only way to learn.
I've put a link on my site to yours :-)