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Pretty Awful Pitcher

Pretty Awful Pitcher
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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: 2005-06-07
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Carnivorous plants [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-07 5:04
Viewed: 5385
Points: 40
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Today I went with Pam (Coasties) to Aucklandís Winter And Summer Gardens, a botanical garden at the Auckland Domain and Museum. It has 2 hot houses for many imported and strange plants, plus outdoor gardens and even a fernery. There were some everyday plants as well. We were quite impressed with the array of plants that were there; they even had a large variety of Eggplants / Aubergineís, plus different chillis growing as well.

But one problem was that not many of the plants were named, so Iím struggling to find out about plants that I donít even know the name of. But this plant Iím showing today has a name Ė it is a Carnivorous plant, called Nepenthes. So with a bit of help from Google, this is what I have learnet about it.

Nepenthes are tropical Picher and Carnivorous Plants. There are many different species of Pitcher Plants and they grown in many countries, mostly in the tropics.

The Nepenthese Pitcher plant captures its prey by drowning it. It digests its prey by using both enzymes and bacteria within the water of its leaves that it captures when it rains. The bacteria works with the enzymes helps break down the insects by decomposing them into mush. Sounds tasty! Then the mush sinks down into the pitcher where it is absorbed.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Nico: Pitcher v pictureJanice 1 06-07 15:56
To puffy: Monkey cupJanice 1 06-07 06:46
To malgosia: Thank you MalgosiaJanice 1 06-07 06:37
To red45: GoodJanice 2 06-07 05:25
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-07 5:12]
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I know this one very well. I even captured similiar some time ago in Lodz's Palm House. Great composition with twisting stern. Well seen details on surface of plant. Very interesting capture, very well done!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-07 5:27]

Hello Janice!
Very nice capture.This is new plant to me.Harmonious colors,BG,DOF,framing and composition are excellent.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-06-07 5:37]
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I remember this, where I grew up, we called it a monkey cup when we're kids... It is a great shot, great details and DOF. Well done, Janice... :)

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-07 6:15]

Hi Janice, I've allways find those carnivorous plants interestimg. Very well capture. Nice colours and details in a well composed frame.

hello:)what a beauty plant:) great compo :) I love it much:) Beauty colours, DOF and great POV:) I love it!


(You are wellcome in my country! My home is urs)

Hello Janice!
Very interresting plant and wonderful shot.I liked colors,BG and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-07 6:38]

Hello Janice,

This is a very good picture. As a kid I had Venus flycathcers ... you know, tease them 9 times and the cathcer will fall off. Sharp details and great composition. This is an arty picture. Well done & TFS!


Well done Janice. An interesting and lovely capture, with wonderful color, detail, and POV.
The outer texture is quite solid looking, is it?
Thank you for sharing it with us.

Extremely clear view of this unusual plant - it shows the main characteristics very clearly, and you've also created a nice composition with careful framing.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-06-07 8:55]
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Awful Pitcher - good picture. The greens add to the flavour (aesthetically speaking. Good POV, overall good. TFS.

Hello Janice!
This is wonderful photo!!! You made it like an professional artist. Good job Janice!

A nice clear shot Janice.The background colours are quite attractive too.

Great shot Janice,
Excellent detail, colour and sharpness. Good DOF and composition.
Thanks for posting

Those really are some strange plants, aren't they? We have them at our Botanical Garden too, it's interesting to see decomposing flies and such in their throat.

Nice capture with excellent color and sharpness.

I like this :D i just bought a venus flytrap, and i hope it will grow :D will post pictures if it does :D

Good shot, love the details, and the twisting stem :D


Interesting plants aren't they. Good composition and exposure.

Very nice Jancie! Love the BG colors, Very well composed with great details and sharpness. I would suggest that with a stationary subject such as this a smaller aperture would have brought the pitchers base in also...But then, that would require the use of a tripod which many times is not practical and cramps ones style! ;-)Well done!

Nature design, is always more elegant that any artificial stuff. Great game of curves to describe this beautiful predator. Could be a bit sharper. Good work.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-09 3:31]

Belle et originale composition macro-photographique. Jolies couleurs, bon point de vue et bonne nettetť.
Beautiful and interesting shot !

I find these carnivorous plants very interesting. Textbook capture, well done.

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