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kale and hardy
kale and hardy

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Challenge: Textures VI (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon MF Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AIS
Location: New Brighton, MN
Date: Apr 5, 2009
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/80
Galleries: Floral, Food and Drink
Date Uploaded: Apr 6, 2009

Brassica oleracea Acephala Group

Kale is considered to be a highly nutritious vegetable with powerful antioxidant properties, and it is an anti-inflammatory. Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. The ornamental varieties are just as edible as all other kale varieties.

In 1929, the U.S. Department of Agriculture sent Howard Dorsett to China and Japan in search of new plants. One of his introductions was the ornamental kales from Japan. The plants first appeared in seed catalogs in 1936, giving us a new item for the fall garden.

Kale is the Scottish name. Itís adapted from the Roman name cole. This ancient vegetable has been grown for at least 4000 years.

Kale made its way to China, probably by the 4th century, where it and several relatives became a staple of the Chinese diet. The plants eventually made their way to Japan where ornamental leaf types were selected. They became popular in gardens after the 17th century.

Place: 39 out of 334
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/12/2009 08:06:00 PM
this is one of my favorite of the challenge
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04/12/2009 06:51:33 PM
Terrific lighting, lovely colors, nice composition, LOVE that border! LOL!!! 8
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04/12/2009 09:33:56 AM
Wonderfully clever colour matching and composed picture. I love it
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04/12/2009 06:08:20 AM
simple , love the colours and of course the texture
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04/11/2009 09:23:48 AM
Fun light coming through the leaf and nice color. Personally I would love a closer crop showing just the veining and how the veins stand out.
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04/10/2009 12:34:40 PM
the color is great and i really like the way the light brings out the detail. i might have gone with just a plain black border, but that's just my preference
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04/09/2009 06:44:22 PM
A little more "room" on the right might help this a bit but overall very good.
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04/09/2009 06:34:29 PM
Can't believe how beautiful this veggie can be! Bravo!!! *9*
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04/09/2009 11:03:23 AM
Clever title exactly matching the impression left by the image. The subtle light and detail of the leaf against the plain background is inspired - can't think of a better way to do it. Well done and a clear contender for a top ten if not a ribbon.
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04/08/2009 08:21:00 PM
this is very good, but I think I would have tried to go in just a little tighter to the veins and edge of the Kale...very good colors
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