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Naked Lady

Naked Lady
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-24
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ3
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flowers in my garden [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-24 0:59
Viewed: 4121
Points: 52
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Belladonna Lily
Naked Lady
Amaryllis belladonna

I took this photo of the Naked Lady in my garden today. These beautiful flowers, yes, they are known as naked ladies, appear usually at the end of summer. Sadly, they appearance shows me that summer is coming to an end.

Their scent is quite strong, and I have memories of, as a child, taking a bunch to school in the bus, and feeling so ill by the time I reached school, I had to go home immediately, only to improve as soon as I left school grounds – without the flowers! So now I never pick them to bring inside – I leave them to bloom and shine in a corner of the garden.

Amaryllis belladonna originates in the South Western Cape of Africa. It is also known as Jersey Lily or the Naked Lady.

This 'true' amaryllis is ideal for the garden. The bulb is typically large, brown and rounded and has a moderate growth rate. The large clusters of scented, trumpet-shaped pink or white flowers are carried on a long purplish-red and green stem appearing 50cm above the soil. Up to twelve flowers are produced from the flowering stem. These flowers are 10cm long and apically flare open about 8cm. Protruding from each flower is a long upturned style amongst a group of large curved anthers. The anthers are black and shiny at first, but split open to reveal masses of sticky white pollen. The inflorescence tends to face the direction that receives the most sun. Although most flowers are pale pink, white and dark pink forms occur.

The strap-like leaves are deciduous and are produced after flowering. The leaves remain green throughout the winter period. The leaves produce a starch, which is stored in the bulb. In summer the leaves die back and the bulb becomes dormant. This strange phenomenon of flowering before the leaves appear is known as HYSTERANTHY. The belladonna lily's specific flowering time is late summer, February and March in the Southern Hemisphere…

Danger: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.


The light was just right when I took this photo - I'd got up early to take some sunrise pics and I only noticed these flowers were open when I came back home. And the Sunrise wasn't very exciting.

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Hello Janice! Nice macro. Good light, very good sharp. Original texture. Perfect capture. Good shot. Well done!

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-03-24 1:02]

What a beauty, dear Janice !


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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2008-03-24 1:06]

Hi Janice ;)))
wonderful macro, colors and details...nice title,
Best wishes,
J ;)

Hello Janice,

Excellent macro with wonderful details of the petals and the stamens. Your off-centre crop works very well!

kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Janice,

artistically titled! a very beautiful insight...literally naked...everything inside is beautifully exposed in a very lovely soft colour.

very detail on the petals' texture & the stamens & pollens.

just lovely to view.


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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-03-24 2:25]

I love the framing here, a very beautiful flower!! TFS

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  • Jong Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 428 W: 0 N: 273] (3168)
  • [2008-03-24 3:24]

lovely pink lady, the textures really amazing. very sharp even the stamens. a post that can soften a heart. very well done, Janice

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-03-24 3:55]

Great macro work. I love the textures you've captured, from the softness of the pollen on the stamens to the delicate details of the petals.

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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2008-03-24 4:17]
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hello Janice,
perfectly expopsed macro. But what I admire most is your skill at composition.

superbe de belle macro de fleur d'hémérocalle. Les couleurs et teintes sont sublimes

Hi Janice,
Very good macro,beautiful colors and light.
Best regards,

Hello Janice!
What a nice macro and lovely pink flower!
Very soft and delicate!
Great detail!
Best regards!

Hello Janice..
Thanks or the warning.. did not realize they where poisonous!

I love the soft look of the pinks... Looks like you have quite the beautiful garden! Love the lights... here we have sun today but still COLD ...

Enjoy the rest of your summer :)


hi janice!
beautiful colors and great composition, i like it.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1825 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2008-03-24 7:37]

Hi Janice,
Very nicely cropped close-up. The colours look so soft and sweet. Well done.

Hiya Janice

Oh my you really went mad on this one.. absolutely amszing, razor sharp macro with incredible detail. Superb soft tones and colours this really is a fantastic capture and makes me want the spring all the more

TFS kind regards Helen

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-03-24 8:52]

Hi Janice,
Superb macro with excellent definition of colors and details. I like your composition showing a nice diagonal with the pistil and fine textures on the stamens. Bravo! Annie

Hi Janice, splendid closeup of beautiful flower with fantastic colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 935 W: 106 N: 610] (10187)
  • [2008-03-24 13:03]

nice macro
good sharp focus and details

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1631 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2008-03-24 14:35]

Hello Janice,

How are you? Very pretty flower you captured here, I like the sharpness and details, I also like your composition here, very crispy shot! Well captured my friend


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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2008-03-24 21:46]

Not bad for a Panasonic Janice..lol..you will have that camera doing all sorts of tricks soon.

Lovely colours, and excellent notes.
I can just see you going off on the bus, with the flowers in hand..ha ha..

Cheers Dawn.

Bonjour Madame Janice,
Superb macro excellent sharpnes all the fine structures of the flower are so well shown. Hard to write but the camera handling is perfect. Great posting which I really enjoy!
Kia ora

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  • Loup Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 103 W: 0 N: 74] (1327)
  • [2008-03-25 1:32]

Bonjour Janice,
Superbe photo ,tu as su captiver la douceur des couleurs et la fragilité de cette fleur .
I love it.
Nice frame and details.
Merci Jasmine

Hi Janice,
love this, the color is so very beautiful :o) Great close up shot! I wish I could SMELL it!! TFS

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-04-05 14:44]

I love naked ladies!
Great Macro shot, lovely colors, details & sharpness. Well done.

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  • iso Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 981 W: 61 N: 169] (29300)
  • [2008-04-19 3:24]

The sweetness itself, color, compo all is beauty.


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