Photographer's Note

Yesterday here in Westphalia we have had a really awful day: drizzle the whole day, temperature: +4°C, fog, a lot of snow slush and puddles everywhere - but there has been a bright spot in the park of the upper castle (we also have a lower one ;-), a blooming witch-hazel shrub (Hamamelis virginiana, in German: Zaubernuss).

They are deciduous shrubs or (rarely) small trees growing to 3-8 m tall. Its fruit (you can see one of these capsules in my picture), flowers, and next year's leaf buds all appear on the branch simultaneously - a real rarity among trees. The flowers of this species are produced on the leafless stems in winter. Each flower has four slender strap-shaped petals 1-2 cm long, pale to dark yellow, orange, or red. These petals can be coiled up in bitter cold. The forked twigs of Witch Hazel are preferred as divining rods.

The bark and leaves are astringent. Extracts are used in aftershave lotions and lotions for treating bruises and insect bites and witch-hazel is the active ingredient in many hemorrhoid medications - but I think the best attribute is that it is blooming in winter - on grey, cold and humid days with puddles and snow slush ...

In workshop you can see a photo taken with flash.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Frank Kaiser (Buin) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • Genre: Plaatsen
  • Medium: Kleur
  • Date Taken: 2009-02-22
  • Categories: Natuur
  • Belichting: f/4, 1/200 Seconden
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  • Fotoversie: Originele versie, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2009-02-22 23:17
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