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~Hakea Laurina~


~Hakea Laurina~
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Copyright: Debbie Linkevics (deblink) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 6 N: 363] (1258)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-05
Categories: Flowers, Trees
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(pink) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-07 19:01
Viewed: 5207
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image of one of my favourite Australian Native plant was taken in Wittunga Conservation Park. The Hakea Laurina is just so pretty.

Hakea laurina (Pin-cushion Hakea) is one of the most admired native plants of south-western Australia, and is grown in quantity in Australia and other countries. In Italy and America its uses include street and hedge planting.

In the Australian National Botanic Gardens it is grown singly as a shrub or small tree reaching 5 m. The general impression is of bold and handsome foliage, slightly blue-green, though closer inspection shows that the foliage is blemished at various times of the year with fungus spots. The simple and shapely leaves are widely spaced and wave and curl attractively. They are up to 15 cm long, thick and smooth, with rows of prominent veins.
As early as December tiny new flower buds can be seen, becoming fat and pointed by autumn and covered with ornamental scales, whitened by coverings of fine hairs. In good years they are packed in tight clusters on ripe wood,. nestling among the leaves yet not hidden. Flowering starts towards the end of April, is at its best in July in a mild winter and ends towards the end of August, although in an extremely cold winter flowers are held back and reduced in size. The rounded pin-cushion flower heads are soft cardinal or cherry red, with projecting long styles, white to pale pink on aging. A faint, pleasant scent can be detected and bees have been seen visiting the flowers.

The bright, sturdy globular flower-heads up to 5 cm across, in the middle of a cold winter, on a shrub easy to obtain and grow, make this a good choice for one of the basic plants in a new garden. There are several other hakeas with globular flower heads, but less easy to obtain.
http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/gnp2/hakea-laurina.html

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Cheers,
Debbie

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-07 19:58]
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Hello Debbie ,
Nice shot of this Hakea.Must be quite a native to Australia, have not seen this one around here. What about the different colours?Do they change colours as they grow old?It has a very unique formation too!
TFS & Cheers

Hi Deb,
Nice close-up of this Hakea! I love the way the flower heads are unfurling. Excellent sharpness and details and the colour is lovely too! Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-05-07 21:19]

very interesting looking plant. nice focus and colors.

Hello Debbie,
Delicate flowers are captured with good details!
Wonderful pastel colours, subject is well framed...
Well done on the close-up work!
Greetings,
Pablo -

bonjour
bien drole cette fleur,mais tres jolie, bonne note et ce petit insecte qui se pointe ne gache rien
bravo et merci
edith

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-05-08 6:45]

I don't think I know this tree at all. You Ozzies have some great trees. This is nice and sharp, Debbie, and quite colourful too. Well done. TFS
Janice

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-08 9:08]

Hello Debbie,
I don't recall having seen this beautiful flower before. In your capture you show excellent details and I like the colours of flowers and leaves. Well composed shot!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Magnifique quelles CouleuRs, quelle composition.
Bravo
Marie

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2007-05-08 13:06]

good photo here Debbie,
a very good composition, good colours and fine quality, good dof too, very nice photojob here, well done.
gr. jaap

Very interesting plant Deb, never seen anything like this...looks almost made by a seamstress...the 2 heads work well together. Best, Brat.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-09 2:48]

Hi Debbie

Lovely shot - you have captured the subtle colours really well. Good DOF and composition.

James

Nicely composed. Nice colours and sharp details. A good POV on that
Best wishes,
Achim

Hello Debbie a fine detailed shot perfect focus and well composed an interesting shot of a plant im sure ive not seen before and I've been to Oz too tfs rgds Necip.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-05-11 18:55]

Hi Debbie!
It's so unusual to my eyes, and it's beautiful. I'd rather plant it here in Europe, but it's unavailable, I think. So, for the time being I have to have only the one you share with us.
I wish you a nice weekend!
Anton

Bonjour Debbie
Trčs belle composition de cette fleur trčs régionale, couleurs, cadrage et beauté du sujet.
Amicalement Robi

Preciosa composición con buena definición, colores y contraste. Saludos: J. Ignasi Tejedor

Hola Debbie.
Maravillosa muestra de una planta que desconocía.
Muy buenos efectos en esta acertada presentación. Buena luz y delicados detalles.
Saludos, JL.

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