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Crocus - worm's eye view

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 23 March 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Spring has arrived at last in South Shields, temperatures are on the rise and there is no need for central heating for the greater part of the day. It looks to me as though the whole of South Tyneside is carpeted with crocus in purple, white, and yellow.

These were found in the West Park and the single RAW image has been processed as HDR in Photomatix.

PENTAX K100D 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 200 18 mm

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Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Awesome colors and warmth! Its about time!

23 Mar 2010 5:22am

Roger from Bronx, United States

The colors are impressive!

23 Mar 2010 5:38am

Chris from Haute Loire, France

Hum, une très belle annonce du printemps dans des couleurs chaudes.
La journée sera belle !

23 Mar 2010 5:57am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The angle gives an artistic touch to the image and the few flowers obligingly taking a bow was a great bonus. I love the presentation!

23 Mar 2010 6:04am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Très printanier c'est sympa

Bonne journée

23 Mar 2010 6:10am

Nilla from Östergötland, Sweden

What a suprice! You have already SPRING? A must tell you that I didn´t believed that crocus could be so beautiful in HDR!!!!

23 Mar 2010 6:55am

dang from Atlanta, United States

We're still behind here too, snow flurries yesterday morning, of all things! I always look forward to seeing crocus, as they're the first to bloom here. I think the HDR is a nice effect on this.

23 Mar 2010 7:52am

Dwight Morita from Honolulu, United States

A fantastic composition ... color and movement in the image is great.

23 Mar 2010 8:34am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Brilliant..great aspect.

23 Mar 2010 8:35am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

simply superb.. 5*.

23 Mar 2010 8:35am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!!! GREAT HDR! I love the colours and detail. Great POV. Spring is in the air for sure, and here the leaves are turning orange :)

23 Mar 2010 8:37am

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

WAOH !! Impressive capture, stunning colors, superb angle, fresh lightning... Compliments ! 5*

23 Mar 2010 8:56am

Charles B. from Mably, France

On imagine le safran à l'intérieur...

23 Mar 2010 9:09am

Hamid Rafiee from Iran

beautiful colors.

23 Mar 2010 10:32am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I like this very much Curly. The purple seems to glow

23 Mar 2010 10:41am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A great pleasure looking at your photography Curly. An excellent composition with a very interesting viewpoint. Can you imagine lying on the ground doing the photography! Best regards... Adela

23 Mar 2010 10:46am

@Fonts: I never put my belly on the ground Adela! I set the camera to aperture priority for shots like these, set the auto timer, then place the camera on the ground fairly close to the subject. If the composition doesn't look too good on the preview screen it is easy enough to delete and try again. Best way to look after these ancient knees!

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great color and interesting appearance . Nice work.

23 Mar 2010 10:53am

Florence from Paris, France

Enjoyable vision of spring. Great point of view.

23 Mar 2010 11:03am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nice to see you got low down and dirty:) Electric crocus shot

23 Mar 2010 11:05am

@grouser: Wouldn't dream of it - see above.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Glad you are starting to enjoy the spring weather and the flowers that come with it. Here we are still in th -10C range at night and barely getting to 0 during the day. Your colourful flowers are a most welcome life preserver! Thanks for sharing Curly! ;-)

23 Mar 2010 11:33am

mirela from brighton, United States


23 Mar 2010 11:41am

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Beautiful colors !

23 Mar 2010 12:00pm

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

Perfect color !!!1

23 Mar 2010 12:03pm

Magrat from Germany

Funny title.. :) Excellent processed and a wonderful composition with these slightly twisted flowers on the left... Greetings!

23 Mar 2010 12:46pm

steve-stefedesign from Liverpool, United Kingdom

Springs here..........great shot

23 Mar 2010 1:39pm

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

Excellent ant's eye view of these flowers. Splendid colors and composition, Curly.

23 Mar 2010 1:45pm

Raymond from Selangor, Malaysia

Lovely picture ! As usual, you always took magnificent pictures, inspired people. =]

23 Mar 2010 2:04pm

foto-rolero54 from Belgium

This is a beautiful shot!

23 Mar 2010 2:09pm

Julie from Easton, United States

What a cool angle and shot! Spring has sprung!!!

23 Mar 2010 2:58pm

Hoda from Yazd, Iran

very nice shot

23 Mar 2010 3:08pm

DLee from Fanling, Hong Kong

Beautiful purple colour & excellent POV!!

23 Mar 2010 3:12pm

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Great color, perfect!

23 Mar 2010 3:19pm

Justin from Charlotte, United States

amazing quality

23 Mar 2010 3:33pm

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Very nice Crocus , a good shot , well done ;, I love it , Phil.

23 Mar 2010 3:34pm

shadi jalili from orumieh, Iran


23 Mar 2010 4:21pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West wales boy), Germany

Realy good low perspective and great strong colours,nice shot.

23 Mar 2010 5:00pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Beautiful ! Crocus in HDr... I never thought about it, but it's brilliant ! Great work Curly :)

23 Mar 2010 5:02pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Love the ground level point of view, the leaning blossoms, and the succulent color. Beautiful image !

23 Mar 2010 5:14pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Now see this is where it's at! You said whole fields, if you get the chance.. I have never seen such a thing :) I bet they would look like tulip fields. So very pretty Curly.

23 Mar 2010 5:45pm

@Self-Indulgence: Just shot a few today where whole formal arrangements of crocus were planted a few years ago, down the centre and edges of dual carriageways leading into town, they look quite spectacular. Don't know if I'll find time to post them because the daffodils will be blooming shortly in their place.

Sylvie from entre Angers et Saumur, France

Beautiful armful of crocus

23 Mar 2010 6:19pm

Martin from North Platte, United States

Beautiful repitition of shapes, and almost like a slow motion film of a flower folling over, the way the eye follows it, Magic!

23 Mar 2010 6:47pm

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

A real spring messenger, beautiful color and composition with the blue sky and the bare trees in the background!!

23 Mar 2010 7:03pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

great one for announcing Spring!

23 Mar 2010 7:08pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good image, love the angle

23 Mar 2010 7:47pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Beautiful image.

23 Mar 2010 8:02pm

cristina from Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain

increibles colores y composición. Como siempre con tus fotos ;)

23 Mar 2010 8:22pm

@cristina: Gracias Cristina, yo siempre agradezco sus visitas y comentarios.

Mj007 from Osaka, Japan

wow beautiful shot!! i love it ;)

23 Mar 2010 9:10pm

LoulouPix from New York, United States

Beautiful crocus for a very nice picture.

23 Mar 2010 9:26pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Oooh, you lucky one! (Still only a few daffodils here.) Wonderful shot!

23 Mar 2010 10:13pm

Christian from Mantes La Jolie, France


23 Mar 2010 11:13pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Well done Graham.....beautiful color......and great title too!!!

23 Mar 2010 11:20pm

Sandy Weston from Madison, Maine, United States

This worm as a gorgeous view! :)

24 Mar 2010 12:47am

Seraphine from San Francisci, United States

what a wonderful crocus shot! i love the colors, and the sky and trees behind. wonderfully shot, curly.

24 Mar 2010 2:46am

Gregory Kowalski from Beijing, China

Ohhh Curly.. This is.. beautiful... Great!

24 Mar 2010 3:01am

Monik from Paris, France

Il n'a plus qu'à se baisser pour les cueillir..! BRAVO!!!

24 Mar 2010 6:23am

@Monik: Mes genoux n'aiment pas se penchant à mon âge, c'est pourquoi je place la caméra sur le sol et laissez le retardateur aller au travail.

Christian from Stockholm, Sweden

In spring mood... superb!

24 Mar 2010 9:30am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Magnifique !

24 Mar 2010 12:47pm

John Paul Williams from Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom

Stunning colours and 3D-like depth, it virtually jumps off the screen!

24 Mar 2010 5:06pm

Sugata from Newark, United States

Wonderful! We are waiting for them here!

24 Mar 2010 8:19pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Ohh so pretty!

24 Mar 2010 9:24pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

I like this impressive processing

24 Mar 2010 9:30pm

MataHari from Toronto, Canada

Gorgeous POV!

24 Mar 2010 10:50pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Wow! The colors are so good. I love it. Well done.

24 Mar 2010 11:19pm

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands


25 Mar 2010 11:22am

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

I've never thought of using HDR on 'macro' type shots like this. This one looks really good, it certainly gives it a more 3D feel.


25 Mar 2010 5:10pm

@drphoto: I enjoy the way that HDR pulls out more light and textural detail than I could manage with burning or dodging brushes, or simple curves.

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

I wonder why the worm does not remain above ground......;-))
Lovely image!

25 Mar 2010 7:53pm

queennyloo from penang, Malaysia

i love purple!!! bravo~

25 Mar 2010 9:04pm

Scott Rippee from Fresno, United States

Beautiful colors and post processing. Has a nice subtilely surreal look to me.

26 Mar 2010 12:54am

shoti from somewhere in, China

the liveliness here is just overwhelming! especially now that we've been experiencing pretty gloomy weather conditions here in Xiamen, China..

26 Mar 2010 3:36am

Wenche from Oslo, Norway

Beautiful picture. Spring is here!! 8-D

29 Mar 2010 8:03am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Fantastic shot..great angle..awesome colors

31 Mar 2010 3:47am

1/250 second
ISO 200
18 mm