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Copyright: Tina Sieben (gypsygirl58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 0 N: 138] (426)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-11
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/750 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-12 0:53
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I took this photo whilst out with a friend visiting Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary. This is a beautiful place which I have never been to before, well worth the visit, (even though the weather was freezing!!)I saw animals and birds that I hadn't seen before!! This image is of another of our many beautiful native Banksias. Again I don't know which one as there are so many. This one was laden with flowers of a lovely rich golden yellow which the birds loved!!

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary:

Warrawong is home to 100 species of birds and many native mammals, offering you the opportunity to get among the Australian bush and wildlife in a protected habitat. It's just 25 minutes from Adelaide, so learning about Australia's endangered wildlife is easy.

Try our walking trails - Dawn Walks take you on a journey to discover the five habitats of Warrawong with wallabies, kangaroos and abundant birdlife to be seen. The Wetlands and Rainforest Walks are a daytime adventure along the waterways and the rainforest of Warrawong to learn about platypus, native fish, and other aquatic life of the ecosystems. And Nocturnal Walks depart around sunset to see and experience Australia's famous wildlife such as bilbies, bettongs and bandicoots in their natural habitat.

All guided tours meander along walking trails and follow boardwalks through the sanctuary. Tours are 90 minutes in duration. While entry to the sanctuary is free, there are fees for guided walks and animal shows.

You can also dine at the Bilby Cafe, with a view of Australian wildlife from your table. In winter you can enjoy the warmth of an open fire, while in summer you can stroll on the decking, offering views across Warrawong and the Adelaide Hills.

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1969 when dairy land was revegetated with native trees and shrubs to attract native animals and birds. In 1982 the 35 acres was enclosed with feral-proof fencing. Once the fence was completed, the bird populations flourished and the release of many native animals began.

BANKSIA is a genus of about 75 species in the Protea family (Proteaceae). All species occur in Australia with one (B.dentata) extending to islands to Australia's north. Banksias can be found in most environments; the tropics, sub-alpine areas, the coast and desert areas. The most diversity in the genus occurs in the south of Western Australia where over 80% of the species occur. Archaeological evidence suggests that banksias or Banksia-like plants have existed for over 40 million years. The first humans to discover and make use of Banksia plants were the Australian aborigines who used the nectar from the flowers as part of their diet.

The first Europeans to observe banksias were probably Dutch explorers who made several landfalls along the West Australian coast during the 17th and early 18th centuries. No botanical collections were made, however, until the discovery of the east coast of Australia by Captain James Cook in the Endeavour in April 1770. Accompanying Cook were botanists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander who collected many new species at Botany Bay including four which would later be included in a new genus, Banksia, named in honour of Joseph Banks' contribution to botany. The four species collected were B.serrata, B.ericifolia, B.integrifolia and B.robur. Later, on the same voyage, Banks and Solander collected a fifth species (B.dentata) on the north Queensland coast.
Banksia flowers are quite small but they occur in dense clusters which, in some species, can number several thousand individuals. Banksias are classified into two broad groups; sub-genus Isostylis and sub-genus Banksia. The former consists of only three species, all native to Western Australia, and is recognised by having flowers in cone-shaped clusters. This group is similar in many ways to the related genus Dryandra. The sub-genus Banksia has its flowers arranged in the more or less cylindrical spike familiar to most Australians.
The relationship between Banksia and Dryandra is so close that some botanists believe that the two genera should be combined. This view appears to be gaining wider acceptance and it is possible that Dryandra will be subsumed into Banksia in the future, which would more than double the number of Banksia species.
Banksia flowers are followed by large, woody seed "cones" in which the seeds are contained within closed follicles, two seeds per follicle. In the majority of species these follicles remain tightly closed unless stimulated to open by heat, such as following a bushfire but, with a few species, the seed is released annually. The seeds themselves have a papery wing which allows them to be distributed by wind.

Most banksias are medium shrubs but some are prostrate and a few can become large trees. Those species native to areas where fires occur at regular intervals often have a "lignotuber", a woody swelling at or below ground level from which regeneration of the plant can occur if the above ground stems are destroyed. Other species are killed in fire, with seedlings sprouting in their place.

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Thanks for looking and for your comments and critiques! Cheers Tina :-)

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Hi Tina,
Aren't our Banksia's just glorious, such wonderful colours. You image of this one, sorry I can't help identify it is wonderful. Thank you for your notes about Warrawong too, they are very informative.

Hi Tina, a very nicely composed shot of this Banksia. I like the way you have the green leaves framing the yellow flower. The detail is excellent. Your sharpening is very good. Depth of field for the most part is good, maybe just a little soft focus up front, but with a perfect background. Excellent notes.

Thanks, John

G'day Tina.
I miss our wildflowers! Great capture. Beautiful colour, detail and sharpness. Very lovely, well done.
Regards from Romania. Steve.

Hello Tina
Very intersting subject to shoot,
Fantastic colors and lighting,
Great composition and POV,Superb shot.


Hi Tina, splendid flower with wonderful colors, great note, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-16 22:37]
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Hello Tina

When you say "freezing" I take it you say that metaphorically.LOL This sunny flower is beautiful and glows.The colour and lighting are very good.Nicely cropped and composed.The image is well focused with sharp detail.TFS


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-18 16:10]

Hi Tina
I see that you've got curious and beautiful flowers there in the antipodes! I like a lot this shot for I had never seen a flower like this one and here you show it with excellent details. The leaves are also very interesting.
Magnificent colors and composition!
Congratulations and TFS

Hi Tina ,
very nice shot with beautiful colours.
nice sharpness.
well done
my best wishes

Hello Tina,
This is interesting, never seen a tree with a flower like this!
Image is well composed and the close-up work well done, attractive colour palette!
Pablo -

Hello Tina,
what a beautiful captured of plant under the bright sky!
good clarity, awesome colour and details

Hi Tina,
Wonderful macro shot.Colors,exposure,lighting,POV and composition are exclelent.


Beautiful details great colors and gorgeous pov! Beautiful flower. TFS

Hello Tina lovely colours and saturation good focus and detail dof is perfect and an interesting note well done rgds Necip.

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