Here is a photo with a sprig of flowering almond trees.
The almond (Prunus dulcis, syn. Prunus amygdalus Batsch., Amygdalus communis L., Amygdalus dulcis Mill.), is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia. Almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree. Within the genus Prunus, it is classified with the peach in the subgenus Amygdalus, distinguished from the other subgenera by the corrugated shell (endocarp) surrounding the seed.
The fruit of the almond is not a true nut, but a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed ("nut") inside. Shelling almonds refers to removing the shell to reveal the seed. Almonds are commonly sold shelled , after the shells are removed), or unshelled , with the shells still attached). Blanched almonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften the seedcoat, which is then removed to reveal the white embryo.
Legend of almond blossom
Many, many centuries before Portugal exist and when the Al-Gharb (Algarve) belonged to the Arabs, Chelb reigned in the future Silves, the famous young King Ibn-Almundim had never known defeat. One day, among the prisoners of a battle, he saw the beautiful Gilda, a princess blond with blue eyes and proud bearing. Impressed, the Moorish king gave him his freedom, gradually earned him the trust and one day he confessed his love to him and asked him to be his wife. They were happy for a while, but one day the young princess fell ill for no apparent reason. An old captivity of the Northern lands asked to be received by the desperate king and told him that the princess suffered from nostalgia for the distant snow in your country. The solution was within reach of the Moorish king, for ordering to plant enough for all his kingdom many almond trees flowered when its white flowers to the princess would give the illusion of snow and she would be cured of your longing. The following spring, the king took Gilda to the window from the terrace of the castle and the princess felt that its forces were returning to see that vision of indescribable white flowers that stretched before his eyes. The Moorish king and the princess lived long years of an intense love of anxious waiting, year after year, the spring that brought the wonderful spectacle of the almond blossom.
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 38mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
1/1000 sec - F/5
Exposure Comp.: -0.3 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset
AF Mode: AF-S
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: More Contrast
Hue Adjustment: +3°
Sharpening: Medium high
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: Off
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adores (38709) 2012-02-13 17:19
Já conseguiste amendoeiras em flor este ano:)?
Boa luz, cores e um céu excelente!
emilbo (22616) 2012-02-13 17:20
Très jolies ces fleurs d'amandier, chez-nous elles sortent en mai. La qualité d'image est excellent et montre ces fleurs dans toute leur beauté. Merveilleux contraste de couleurs.
Bravo!... et toutes mes amitiés,
kordinator (19438) 2012-02-13 17:52
To warm man watching your wonderful work.
Here in Serbia is very cold.
The meter now says -15 degrees of Celsius.
A beautiful tree in full bloom this theme with a beautiful sky as the perfect backdrop.
Excellent composition,elegant framing.
worldcitizen (7209) 2012-02-13 18:17
Wow! Spring has come early in Portugal. :-) We won't see these types of flowers until April. The central foreground is so sharp, and the blue sky is so beautiful. I like the blurred view of the other branches and flowers in the background, too.
Sonata11 (33298) 2012-02-13 19:49
beautiful composition of this gorgeous flowers. Amazing close up. Stunningly beautiful photo. Colors, sharpness, clarity, depth, pov are excellent. Perfectly well done. Awesome work. My congratulation. I love it. Absolutely beautiful.
All the best,
leo61 (0) 2012-02-13 20:30
Spring is far away here....
we had a two weeks lasting extreme cold period here in Germany,some nights with 15 degree below zero....
This nice shot makes me hope for some warm sunrays.
A good closeup of these nice blossoms.
emka (81954) 2012-02-13 21:52
Hola Goncalo, Again o am envious, you have spring already, with flowers. We must still wait for it. beautiful flowers, marvelous against blue sky.
jjcordier (77502) 2012-02-13 23:09
On est encore bien loin du printemps chez nous! Ces amandiers en fleurs donnent toujours de très belles images.
Zengi001 (2585) 2012-02-13 23:33
Absolutely beautiful photo and elegant presentation. I loved the shallow depth and bright colors a lot.
Thanks for sharing,
erhan1958 (15282) 2012-02-13 23:40
I mean there have spring
super fruit blossoms
thanks to the weather warmed
danos (88347) 2012-02-14 0:33
nice the view as the close up of the blossom of the branch of the showing almond tree,that outlined against the blue sky.I like the clarity of the image as the light management of the scene.
Have a good day,Danos
ikeharel (59615) 2012-02-14 1:52
Bom dia Goncalo,
Nice close-up on the Almond-tree floweras', with blue decor from bright sky.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2012-02-14 1:56
Hi Gonçalo! Excellent capture on these almond flowers. The POV is really nice as well as the DOF, love the focus and the blurs. Brilliant lighting and wonderful vibrant colors. Great note too!
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-02-14 2:59
Apesar do inverno rigoroso, amendoeiras já estão florescendo em Portugal. As flores são bonitas cores suaves contra o céu azul. Uma imagem bonita e agradável. Bravo.
cornejo (33336) 2012-02-14 4:30
Oi Gonçalo, imagem muito boa para mostrar essas flores encantadoras amêndoa anuncia a chegada da primavera, muito bom tecnicamente, com nitidez e cor natural. Bom trabalho bem feito, parabéns meu amigo. Boa tarde e de semana feliz. Tfs.
Hi Goncalo, very good picture to show these lovely almond flowers heralds the arrival of spring, very good technically, with sharpness and natural color. Good job well done, congratulations my friend. Good afternoon and happy week. Tfs.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-02-14 4:46
a beautiful image and so welcome in this February that seems to be struggling to get above freezing. Sharp and so attractive against a blue sky. Spring is waiting in the wings, but no one has told it to get on the stage yet! Exquisite image!
Regards - Brian.
jhm (141307) 2012-02-14 5:02
The blossoms is every year one of the most beautiful natural flower festivals.
Light and colors care for a wonderful image.
Excellent composition, perfect captured, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
lousat (79165) 2012-02-14 6:49
Hi Goncalo,we are under a lot of snow and it's nice to see the portugaise springtime start so quickly,a beautiful capture whit great contast whit the blue sky,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO
ChrisJ (100840) 2012-02-14 9:18
Fantastic capture of the white almond flowers against the intense blue sky in the bg. Good sharpness & excellent use of a shallow dof. I like the punchy light contrasts too. Well framed & composed. Tfs!
Budapestman (82620) 2012-02-14 9:19
a beautiful close up with very nice composition, the colours and lights are picturesque Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
DjoleE_ (0) 2012-02-14 9:54
I love spring.
They say it was time
for falling in love.
And who says he is right, lots of flowers
Beautiful image quality.
diomed (13926) 2012-02-14 10:23
con tutto il freddo che c'è in Italia è incredibile che da voi stiano già fiorendo i mandorli. Splendido close up, ricco di dettagli con un magnifico azzurro sullo sfondo.
pajaran (53354) 2012-02-14 12:16
Vrlo interesantan tekst sa lepom pricom ...
Dobar snimak lepog cveta i prikaz, lepa fotografija.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece sa lepim vremenom.
Kod nas i dalje Sibirska zima, sada je -11. C stepeni.
Imajte mirnu noc.
Artigo muito interessante com uma bela história ...
Boa gravação e exibição de belas flores, lindas imagens.
Bom trabalho e composição, belas cores.
Noite agradável com o tempo bonito.
Com nós inverno siberiano ainda, agora é -11. Graus C.
Tenha uma noite tranquila.
ciakgiak (30421) 2012-02-14 12:39
Sono davvero felice di ritrovarti, grazie per la tua critica attenta e puntuale.
Bello vedere il mandorlo in fiore in un momento di pieno rigore invernale.
L'inquadratura e la qualità sono come sempre al top.
Un caro abbraccio amico mio.
sacavem (18614) 2012-02-14 13:10
Simples e bela esta composição!TFS
A foto cheira a Primavera, mas este frio.
patdeph (35748) 2012-02-14 13:11
this is all what we expect to see now, flowers, blue sky, good weather, this is very nice to look at.
pierrefonds (58337) 2012-02-14 15:46
A peaceful scene to look at. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the almond tree flowers. The afternoon light is making the colors to stand out.
jmdias (57061) 2012-02-14 15:51
bonitos detalhes da flor e lindo contraste do branco contra o intenso azul do céu. boa luz e nitidez.
delpeoples (53667) 2012-02-14 23:25
Ola dear Goncalo
A beautiful close-up of this magnificent tree. The colours are so striking and you have played expertly with the depth of field. Excellent shot, parabens
Nicou (125220) 2012-02-15 1:42
merveilleuse vue et fleurs superbe compo quelle finesse et douceur quelle compo merveilleuse c'est le printemps chez toi tu as de la chance.
Bravo et amitié
Royaldevon (31339) 2012-02-15 2:29
This is a follow-up from your large tree and furnishes us with the intimate details of the individual blossoms.
Your narrow dof gives a very romantic feel as we move from the sharp to the inferred.
Lovely colour saturation.
Have a good day,
danyy (0) 2012-02-15 3:19
Ola my friend,
rien à dire sur le plan technique et raffraîchissant de cette composition de printemps. J'aime énormément ces bleus intenses qui permettent aux blancs et aux roses, d'exprimer leur délicatesse.
siamesa (27749) 2012-02-15 4:04
Bom dia Gonçalo
Incrível a beleza das flores quando captamos assim tão de perto. Linda e romântica foto.
Cricri (108775) 2012-02-15 4:41
Magnifique macro, netteté et lumière au top sur un joli fond bleu, c'est très joli, j'ai bien aimée la légende!!
bema (26361) 2012-02-15 11:36
looks very similiar toone of m
ricardomattos (4727) 2012-02-15 14:25
Estas amendoeiras são iguais aquelas do Japão? A flor me fez lembrar delas e são muito comemoradas por lá.Um lindo close este com um belo azul de fundo.
mjdundee (4663) 2012-02-17 2:38
Buon Dia Goncalo,
Great colours and sharpness. Gives us hope that spring is on its way to the middle of Europe too. TFS
Silvio1953 (125725) 2012-02-17 12:50
Ciao Goncalo, lovely composition with beautiful flowers, excellent sharpness, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
bayno (18342) 2012-02-17 19:18
bela imagem com a profundidade direita do campo e um lindo céu azul como pano de fundo, um verdadeiro prazer de assistir, buona giornata,
siudzi (34113) 2012-02-18 9:53
This is absolutely an eye-catching series! Love that one full of light and spring in the air! Beautiful picture. Thanks for sharing.
josepmarin (57833) 2012-02-19 23:58
Olá, amigo Gonçalo,
parece que la primavera ya quiere llegar, lo podemos comprobar en esta fantástica imagen del almendro en flor.
Excelente plano cerrado sobre estas preciosas flores blancas del almendro, que se destacan con su belleza sobre un fondo muy eficaz creado por el cielo azul intenso.
Este buen contraste cromático da una alta calidad a la foto.
jemaflor (86670) 2012-02-20 4:15
Pleasant springtime view with these flowers, good focus and light, the blue sky in the bg gives a nice result.
Hansaphotos (6991) 2012-02-21 2:12
A very nice close-up of the beautiful flowers. Fantastic contrast against the blue background. Very nice work:) TFS. Have a nice week.
Best regards, Erling
Rafer (15415) 2012-03-12 11:40
Excelente enfoque , color y compo... Super!!!!!
aliabazari (15997) 2012-03-18 23:02
Beautiful spring. Spring is coming. Love is done well.
jusninasirun (17162) 2012-03-20 0:52
Beautiful shallow focus of this almond flowers against the stunning blue sky. Nice details of the fragile petals and very well composed shot.
adidas5nb (5501) 2013-05-19 5:43
simple and lovely.i like the romance and the silky mood of this pic.great dof and focusing.and amazing blue as the bg color makes the pic oh so more attractive.
- Copyright: Goncalo Lopes (Bluejeans) (64249)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-02-08
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D40X, AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED II, SD 4GB 150x, Hama UV 62mm
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): A bord du Grand Léjon - on board of Grand Léjon, Amendoeira em flor [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-13 16:22
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