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Phillip Island Hibiscus

Phillip Island Hibiscus
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-15
Categories: Insects, Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Norfolk Island Holiday
Theme(s): Hibiscus [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-02 1:49
Viewed: 5975
Points: 20
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Hibiscus insularis

I found this beautiful Hibiscus growing in the Botanical Gardens on Norfolk Island. I have never seen a Hibiscus flower like this before. The colours of the petals change from creamy-yellow to the darker wine-pink as the flower ages.

Yes, the bee isn't sharp, but I'm really showing you the floser. The bees on Norfolk were quite dark - I'm not sure if this one is a feral bee or not.

In the Norfolk Island group, over 1,000km to the east of Australia, lies tiny Phillip Island, home to the beautiful Phillip Island Hibiscus, Hibiscus insularis. Until recently this was nearly extinct in the wild because of goats, wild pigs and rabbits eating the young plants. Besides removing introduced pests from the island, the only means of saving this and other endangered species in other places, has been to move it to Norfolk Island, 7kms north.

The Phillip Island Hibiscus has several special characteristics. In a frost-free environment, for about 10 months of the year it will produce creamy flowers, which fade to a beautiful wine colour, as you can see here.

It has tiny, neat leaves and a densely branching characteristic. It is evergreen, disease-free and tolerates wind and full sunshine or partial shade.

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Hola Janice,
Bonito macro de esta florecilla con inquilino incluido, gran nitidez, bellos colores y bonito fondo, saludos
José Ramón

hello JANICE
quelle superbe image, bonne nettetté, couleurs jolies et bons détails sur le pistille et l'insecte
merci a toi, amitiès

Hi Janice,
this is a lovley spring/summer picture with lovely colours.
I think the bee is pretty sharp.
Well composed and good POV.
Well done, my friend.

Hi Janice,
Nice capture of the Hibiscus with Solitary Bee. Good details, bold colors, and a bright/sunny look.
Makes ya want to get out there and smell the...Hibiscus? :-}
Well done.

Hi Janice,
Excellent color and detail make this a fine photo. Very well captured.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-03 12:17]

Hello Janice,
Beautiful macro of this beautifully coloured wild Hibiscus native to Phillip Island. Great sharpness and well composed with the blue sky as a background. How lucky that they have saved it in time!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-03 16:14]

Stunning sharpness in the pistils and stamens!
FAbulous colours, and perfect composition
Sorry for being brief: trying to catch up on critiques after three days in bed!!

This is Oceania to me Janice. The sky and sun are upside down, and too blue to be true :) What a great lightning you have down there ;) Salut,

Wonderful flower photo you have got here, Janice. A real piece of art! We have winter in Sweden now, which means rain, rain, every day, at least here in southwest S. I only know about Norfolk Islands that Collen McCullough lives there.
Have to take a new pacific tour, I love the free feeling on the big waters.

Hallo Janice
A special thanks for welcoming me to Trek Nature. I appreciate your visit and the critique you left me. I am sure I’ll enjoy every moment and that my knowledge about nature and everything involved will grow daily, especially if an old hand (I mean camera hand) like yours and others are going to tell me where my mistakes are. Although this “Phillips Island Hibiscus Photo” is not your latest posting, I wanted to give my smiley to this specific one. Here where I am sitting at the moment at my desk, and look out I see a few of these lovely Hibiscus and Frangipani trees in bloom. It is really a lovely sight. I am also waiting for the day that I might be able to photograph a bee or a spider inside one of these, but I’ll be patient. War was not over in a day or two. At this stage photographing is a new adventure and I wish I had the opportunity to go out for the day and just click away. But on the other hand if that should happen, I’ll have to have a portable generator to load all the batteries, because the camera will work overtime. Coming back to your photo: The detail on the petals and sepals are good and I am sure this bee is quite tipsy of all the nectar he has been having.
Kind regards

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