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Sophora microphylla

Sophora microphylla
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-05
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Tamron 28-300XR, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 62mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-27 6:00
Viewed: 5236
Points: 20
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New Zealand Kowhai

Scientific Name: Sophora microphylla
Flowers: Large, drooping bright yellow flowers in bunches during spring. Forms into distinctive hard brown seed pods.

* All parts of the kowhai including bark, inner bark, flower, leaves and juice can be used as rongoa. Note there are toxic alkaloids in the tree so careful preparation of rongoa must be observed and casual experimentation is not recommended.
* Infused bark is drunk for internal ailments and treating cuts, bruises and swelling. Colds and sore throats have also been known to be treated by the infused bark.
* Boiled and crushed bark is useful for sprains, alleviating broken limbs, bruises, infected skin, wounds and skin diseases.
* The ashes of the kowhai can be used to treat ringworm.

Other Uses

* Yellow dye can be extracted from the petals.
* Wood is highly durable and can be used for fencing.
* Flowering marks the time for planting kumara.

The above obtained from http://www.aoteamoana.co.nz/native/native.html


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 1:19 p.m.
Date: 5th October 2005
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Tamron 28-300mm XR
Filter: Hoya 62mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/90
F-Stop: F/4.5
Focal Length: 170mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hello Pam, I mean the Kowhai is the national flower of NS. Your macro is wonderful. I like this yellow and this dark blue. This is an excellent macro. Very nice colours and great lightíng. Excellent sharpness, great POV, an excellent composition. Thanks for posting. Have a nice day.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-10-27 6:15]

:o) nice shot
good light and nice composition
TFS Libor

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-27 6:33]

Great shot Pam. The colors are brilliant and the picture really is crystal clear. Composition is wonderful and POV is great. Well done & TFS!


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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2005-10-27 6:51]

Hi Pam
Fantastic colours and background!
Good text and details of the photo.
Impress me the great sharpness you got even with a f/4.5 !
Good work.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-27 7:36]

What a smart picture that you have well done ! Great composition, colors, contrast, exposure and sharpness. Congratulations Pam and thanks for sharing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-27 7:48]

Just amazing plant Pam! Weird shapes, great colours. Contrast between yellow plant and navy blu BG is awesome! Great post.

Wow Pam, this one really jumps out and grabs my attention!

Beautiful and brilliant composition, I especially like the richness of the colors, and sharp details of the flowers.

Excellent job, thank you.

Hi Pam,
Excellent compositionand framing here. The light was bright, but your exposure is perfect. The colors are very vibrant! The detail and DOF are perfect. Great notes too.

Nice shot Pam,
Great exposure, good colour, detail and sharpness. Good lighting and great notes.
Thanks for posting.

Beautiful image,love the colour and BG...
Well done...

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