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"Indian Blanket Flower"

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Copyright: Muhammad Shaukat (shaukatmi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1016 W: 426 N: 2711] (10141)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-18
Categories: Nature, Macro
Camera: Sony Alpha 100 Digital SLR, Sony 18-70
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-18 8:10
Viewed: 1638
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The "Indian Blanket" Flower was approved as Oklahoma’s official state wildflower in 1986. The lovely red flowers with yellow tipped petals bloom along Oklahoma’s roadsides from May to August.

The legend tells of an old Indian blanket maker whose talent for weaving produced such beautiful blankets that other Indians would travel many miles to trade for one. The old blanket maker had never taken an apprentice and when he realized that he had only a short time left, he began weaving his own burial blanket. It blended his favorite browns, reds and yellows into the beautiful patterns for which he was so famous.

In time, the old man died and his family dutifully wrapped him in this blanket, which was to be his gift to the Great Spirit when they met. The Great Spirit was very pleased because of the beauty of the gift, but also saddened, because He realized that only those in the Happy Hunting Ground would be able to appreciate the old blanket maker’s beautiful creation. So, He decided that He would give this gift back to those that the old Indian had left behind.

The spring following the old man’s death, wildflowers of the colors and design of the old Indian’s blanket appeared in profusion upon his grave ... to bloom and spread forever.
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Ciao Muhammad

This is a colourful flower macro,
where you make well use of the fine shapes in composition!
Sharp fine details and the image has a fine 3-D effect...
Lovely real colors.
Very well composition good presentation too.

Have a nice weekend,


Hello Shaukat..
very interesting story with a beautiful flower..
I liked the way you have blended its background.

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-06-18 10:18]

Hi Muhammad,

I don't know how you did it, but with the way the background is captured, this looks like it could be a blanket. I love the colors, this is a work of art. TFS

Best regards,

Salam Muhammad,

This is a pure piece of artwork!
The BG is just wonderful and seems a festival of colors. The sharpness and POV are well done. Well thought work!

Have a nice weekend.


AOA Shaukat,
This is one piece of art presentation,the collage of colors with one big lovely blanket flower which like sunflower but with more interesting contrast colors in its heart looks so beautiful,the placement of the flower and the diffused lighting condition are superb,well captured and beautifully presented my friend.

Best Regards

Hello Muhammad,

Eh! bien voilà une fleur de Gaillarde bien emballée dans un chamaré de couleurs soyeuses.
C'est du plus bel effet.
Superbe composition et présentation. Compliments pour cette originalité.
Belle journée. Amicalement. Yolande

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-06-18 23:15]

Hi Muhammad,
A nice painting effect to the BG of this beautiful flower in perfect sharpness and adequate lighting.
I like this play with filters. Having an artistic sense, one can produce marvellous artwork.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Hi Muhammad
pretty flower set on a marvelous colors of abstract bg. amazing kaleidoscopic play of colors.
good composition.
perfect clarity and sharpness.
beautiful display.

Hi Muhammad..very nice combination of colors in this shot..The blue color and texture really brings out the flower..nice work.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2010-06-21 0:25]

Hi Muhammad!
What a fantastic artwork! I like it very much.
The scene is very well composed. There is really a great
blaze of vivid colours. Excellent sharpness.
Very well done my friend.
Ciao! Vanda

Hello Muhammad,
Nice color combination and contrasts. pp work is well done. Colorful BG gives an abstract feeling
Selahattin E

Hi Muhammad

A free interpretation, an artistic ensemble.
The work on the bg is really very enjoyable and successful.
The placement of the flower is excellent.
The colors are very attractive and the pp work well managed.

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  • solrac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1103 W: 26 N: 1025] (9012)
  • [2010-06-21 13:18]

Hola Muhammad
Bellisima flor de variado y alegre colorido , excelente edicion que da mas vida a la imagen , encuadre fantastico , una foto muy bien realizada , felicidades

Buen dia
un saludo

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2010-06-21 19:36]

dear Muhammad,
an artistic picture of beautiful flower and nice back,
yellow and red colors of the flower are very vivid and impressive, and back blurred pattern of dark colors make the flower more shining,
your excellent picturesque shot, thank you,

Hi Muhammad
Great composition and colours. Fantastic PP work Bravo
Best wishes

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-07-13 22:11]

Hello Muhammad,
I like your choice of PP work you used on the background.Did you use Adobe's artistic tools for this effect or? No matter, the end result adds to the vibrance of the whole image.The main subject,the flower is captured in sharp details & natural coloring & the colorful background adds to the flowers intensity.Well thought out & presented.

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