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Scarlet Pinpernel / Pinhole Macro Photo

Scarlet Pinpernel,  commonly known as Red Chickweed was said to be common weed though,

I’ve seen only handful times in this country, and nowhere else. 

In the first encounter, I’ve almost got a shock = plant looks like its white cousin but with

beautiful vermilion red flowers.  = ” This must be the famous Scarlet Pinpernel, here this is it”.

Though, this is the very strange elusive plant.  (or elusive to my eyes ? ). 

They grow always unexpected unlikely place. = never grown in  typical glass land but somewhat

in its edge or margin of left-over land.  And most unusual character is they never appear in the

same place next year. = hence,  years later, I just encounter in somewhere else, unexpectedly. 

It’s defy all of my rational observations. = They have seeds = very tiny round seeds with no

hair which can be only dropped to the same ground, which mean never able to travel far ——

how come, in such condition why not to germinate in the same soil, same place again.  = and

who carried the seeds to the new place  ?   —– Ant ?

And even more strange character is,  in my experience, their seeds never germinates when

I put them to a pot next year.  And even if I got a plant from a ground and planted it to a pot,

they just die. —- Some one said, that I shouldn’t give too much water = I knew, but in nature

the soil they grow could be very soggy with a heavy rain = why the water I’ve gave, soon after

transplant could kill them ?

—– So, my guess is,  in old days, this peculiar elusive character of the plant was well

known to the people hence, it was chosen to be  the nickname of the Hero in the

Baroness Orczy’s novels  [ Scarlet Pinpernel] =  ” They seek him here.  They seek him

there. —– My own elusive Pinpernel “

As a comparison, this photo was taken by Micro Nikkor 50 mm F3.5 with extension

tube and a Reverse-ring, at F3.5.  Magnification was x5.

And the top two photos was taken by the Double-density Pinhole with extension tube =

equivalent of 90 mm lens / ISO 1600 with flash-light.  Canon 5D  Mk-III.



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  1. drawandshoot said, on August 25, 2012 at 19:44

    The colour really is very beautiful. Vibrant!
    Perhaps the birds ingest them and scatter them that way… 🙂

    • yoshizen said, on August 25, 2012 at 20:31

      M m m, it could be possible = some seeds could survive the digesting system.
      Good suggestion, thank you Karen.

  2. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on August 25, 2012 at 23:57

    “…That demmed, elusive Pimpernel.” … aptly named (the character, I mean!). Such a lovely flower. These images are beautiful. The top shot, in particular, draws me in.

    • yoshizen said, on August 26, 2012 at 01:05

      Thank you Lemony.
      It’s a lovely but tiny (5mm / 1/4″) flower hence, it is somewhat my soft-spot, 🙂
      Good things on pinhole photo is, it doesn’t need focus —– bad thing is,
      as the viewfinder was blacked out I can’t do the framing in normal way.
      (It’s a very time-consuming shooting 😀 )

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