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Lythrum salicaria [Purple Loosestrife]

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#1 Andrea B.

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 19:48

Blum, A.G. (2017) Lythrum salicaria L. (Lythraceae) Purple Loosestrife. Flowers photographed in ultraviolet, infrared, visible and UV+Blue+Green light. http://www.ultraviol...le-loosestrife/

EMR Recycling Center, Southwest Harbor, Maine, USA
28 July 2017

  • Lythrum salicaria var. gracilior Turcz.
  • Lythrum salicaria var. tomentosum (P. Mill.) DC.
It is really a pity that such a lovely flower is an invasive pest in the New England area. The purple flower spike is striking in both Visible and in Ultraviolet light. In UV the petals feature a pretty false blue center stripe against a pale, UV-reflective, false yellow. The center of the flower is UV-dark.

1. New England Wild Flower Society (Aug 2017) Lythrum salicaria. Purple Loosestrife. https://gobotany.new...hrum/salicaria/

Equipment [Nikon D600-broadband + Carl Zeiss 60mm f/4.0 UV-Planar]

Visible Light [f/11 for 1/13" @ ISO-200 with Onboard Flash and Baader UVIR-Block Filter]
Attached Image: lythrumSalicaria_visFlash_20170728recycleCntrSwhMaine_124108pn02Pfsmall.jpg

Ultraviolet Light [f/11 for 10" @ ISO-400 with SB-14 UV-modified Flash and BaaderU UV-Pass Filter]
The long shooting interval was chosen to permit two UV flashes for better illumination of the subject.
Attached Image: lythrumSalicaria_uvBaadSb14_20170728recycleCntrSwhMaine_124655pn02Pf2small.jpg

Infrared Light [f/11 for 1/10" @ ISO-400 with Sima IR-Led and B+W 093 IR-Pass Filter]
Attached Image: lythrumSalicaria_ir093_simaIrLed_20170728recycleCntrSwhMaine_125554pn02Pf2small.jpg

UV+Blue+Green [f/11 for 2" @ ISO-400 in Sunlight with UG5(1.5 mm) + S8612(2.0 mm)]
Attached Image: lythrumSalicaria_ug5-15s8612-2_sun_20170728recycleCntrSwhMaine_125222pn02Pfresize.jpg
Andrea G. Blum
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