Image of the Month - APRIL 2009

The Flower of Death, Skader Å, Clausholm, Denmark

Anemone nemorosa is an early-spring flowering plant, the plants start blooming soon after the foliage emerges from the ground. In sunshine, the flower is expanded wide, but at the approach of night, it closes and droops its graceful head so that the dew may not settle on it and injure it. If rain threatens in the daytime, it does the same, receiving the drops upon its back.

Though so innocent in appearance, the Wood Anemone contains poisonous chemicals that are toxic to animals and humans, but it has also been used as a medicine - The Chinese call it the Flower of Death.

(Nikon D700, Nikkor PC-E 24mm 3,5 ED, iso 200, tripod)

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