E.J.Wilkins

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Old Man's Beard

These are seed heads of a wild clematis known in UK as 'Old Man's Beard'.
I think this picture shows how it got the name!

The plant has small, pale yellow, flowers in the summer. Its Latin name is Clematis vitalba.


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Old Man's Beard

These are seed heads of a wild clematis known in UK as 'Old Man's Beard'.
I think this picture shows how it got the name!

The plant has small, pale yellow, flowers in the summer. Its Latin name is Clematis vitalba.


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comments (19)

  • rabby
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2006, 00:23
ha - more clematis, rather excellent shot ellie - nice rich colours and clarity, the clematis seedheads are surely quite spektakular eh..
EJWilkins: *grin* This 'head' is a little older than the one you found, the seeds are almost ready to fly. Thanks for the nice comments.
Nice contrast...white on green...good job
EJWilkins: Thanks Dotun, I'm glad you like the shot.
really beautiful image. I like the colors and the details of 'beard'.
EJWilkins: Thanks, it was the almost true 'beard' shape that drew me to this bunch of seeds.
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2006, 02:12
Very nice shot Ellie. great colours and nice framing. Where did you take this? I never spot any plants as interesting as Old mans beard around here sad Im keeping my eyes peeled from now on lol
EJWilkins: Thanks Elsie. If you're lucky you might still see some with seed heads on waste ground, or even next to the motorway, but of course you can't stop there to have a good look. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
hey ellie,

really nice shot....love the details. the dof is superb and the colors are so crisp and vivid. i have never seen anything quite like this. great capture.
EJWilkins: Gosh, I hadn't thought of it being only a European plant. I'm glad I posted it now ... so you could see it. smile Rabby (Robiticus) has got a shot of a less ripe seedhead in his archive if you'd like to see one.
  • chunter
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2006, 08:18
Sorry - playing catchup today; busy weekend.

I love the colloquial names for some of our plants - Red Hot Poker, Chinese Lanterns, Old Man's Beard. Aren't they wonderful? And so is this shot.

I'm aware that I am sometimes too cautious when processing my shots for fear of overdoing it, especially the saturation. The result is that I underdo it.

This one is not underdone and is, for me, verging on the overdone. I think you're on the limit here. But then my shots lack that punch, so perhaps I should take a leaf out of your book and boost them a little more.
EJWilkins: Whew, thanks Colin, and I know you've commented on several of mine today. smile

I don't do a lot of work on my shots, don't dare but I do twiddle with 'gamme' and a little, careful, contrast. I don't yet know how to use Photoshop, but I've now got a book! With this one I'd brought a couple of seeds home, they were a very rich chestnut colour so I homed in on that. I also try to deal with pictures as soon as I get home, if I've got time. I don't know if our ageing monitor has something to do with the intensity. I agree, wholeheartedly, that there is a fine line between being 'right' and being 'overdone. I'm glad I didn't cross that line with this one. smile

I admire a lot of shots I see on here because of their freshness and vitality, yours are among them. I don't know if mine are taken under different conditions .. usually sunny and often looking into shade, because that's where the things are. Hmmm, you've got me thinking.
Oh it looks like those I recently published... Is that their real name ?
EJWilkins: Yes, that's right but Old Man's Beard is the 'popular' name many people use for this plant, you may know it as something different. I saw your shot and hastily changed when this one would be shown, in case it looked as if I was copying. *grin*
  • Frank
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Oct 2006, 08:50
Very, very nice shot! Good composition and nice colours.
EJWilkins: Thanks Frank smile
Wow - No words that is FINE ART !!!
EJWilkins: Thanks Zebigleb, you are welcome to visit my blog any time you like if you're going to say such nice things about my pictures. wink
Hi Ellie. Great focus, DOF spot on, nice subject matter,well framed. All in all, a lovely shot. Regards, Neil.
EJWilkins: Gosh, such praise, thanks Neil smile
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2006, 11:19
very delicate and beautiful colours. Full marks Ellie!
EJWilkins: Thanks Paul, I think the seeds were about ready to go on the wind, I was lucky to catch them with such lovely 'whiskers'.
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2006, 12:12
smile keep them coming Ellie.
EJWilkins: I'm trying Chris .. very!
  • Gabriel
  • Singapore
  • 23 Oct 2006, 12:31
very nice!
EJWilkins: Hi Gabriel, thanks for your comment.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 23 Oct 2006, 13:18
Nice and warm green color.
EJWilkins: Thanks Chantal, I'm pleased you like the picture.
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Oct 2006, 16:58
This is lovely Ellie, really like the punchy colours. Mal
EJWilkins: Thanks Mal ... I'm beginning to wonder, after having so many comments about the colours in this shot, if it's anything to do with our monitor which is fading with age. Either that or it was another lucky shot, on a brightish day that brought out the very best in the plant.
  • polarbear
  • Canada
  • 24 Oct 2006, 16:20
Nice colours. What do you do in pp to get your colours so rich?
EJWilkins: Hi. I don't do much at all. I use Photofiltre and only slightly adjust the gamma and contrast, sometimes a single click on the colour but that is all. It might be my camera
muy buena y tambien que rara esa planta.
EJWilkins: Hi Renzomartin. Gracias por su comentario, yo están alegre usted tienen gusto del cuadro. Ésta es las semillas del los clematis salvajes que crece en el área donde vivo.
  • Gaby
  • Argentina
  • 27 Oct 2006, 18:06
very cool plant, look like human hair (old woman's hair ?? )

love your work

gaby
EJWilkins: Thanks Gaby, that is why the plant was given the name. I'm pleased you like it. smile
  • Mayra Ramirez
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Nov 2006, 18:44
it sucks

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