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Reaching out to sea

Reaching out to sea
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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: 2004-12-18
Categories: Trees
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pohutukawa Trees of NZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-24 4:48
Viewed: 5362
Points: 35
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The New Zealand Christmas Tree - Pohutukawa Po-hoo-too-car-wa (Metrosideros excelsa)

This picture shows you the rough life some of these Pohutukawa trees have to go through. When the tide is in this tree is standing in the water. Its roots are attached to the cliff behind, as shown in my last 2 postings. But as you can see, some of the plant has died. Children love to play on these plants at the beaches, and maybe this play has cause these branches to die.

Pohutukawa is very much a coastal tree; they thrive near the sea, easily withstanding strong wind, salt spray and drought and are rarely found inland unless planted. The tree hardly ever grows straight and is more likely to have many short trunks with tortuous branches. Usually found growing on cliffs with the branches sometimes reaching in the water, as seen here, (occasionally even found with oysters growing on the branches) and the great roots spread along the cliff-face above. Quite often you can find bunches of red fibrous roots hanging down off the branches.

Pohutukawa is low-branched when young, and initially resembles a large rounded shrub, but with age, acquires great character. Its bark becomes plated and attractive, and branches usually develop curtains of long, pendulous aerial roots. In its habitat these roots enable it to cling to rocky cliffs, as seen in earlier postings of mine.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To livios: Yes, the same tree.Janice 1 01-05 20:27
To red45: Tropical, I wish...Janice 1 12-24 22:32
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Great shot janice. Wonderful composition. Love it.
Good work and Merry Christmas

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-24 6:33]
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Pros: subject, colours, composition
Cons: none

Janice, great photo! I'm glad to see more 'tropical' views from New Zealand, with blue sky and sea :-)

Beautiful shot Janice.
Very good composition, colours and good details.
Very well done.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-12-24 8:49]

Beautiful composition.Excellent colors,details
and sharpness.Thanks for posting

Great composition!
If you note we can se some footprints on the beach, like some kind of Robson Crusue lives there!

Hi Janice

Very nice image. Good sharpness and colours. Love the shape of the tree.

Merry Christmas to you and your family. Have a safe New Year!

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ***
DOF: ***
POV: ****
Note: ***

Very good shot, very good POV a panoramique shot would be great.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-25 15:21]

OK with this one I do know which side is the top :) This is an excellent shot and I like the composition a lot. The sharpness is good and the color great.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

A great composition you made here, Janice - very good use of this fascinating tree as a foreground interest against the seaside setting. The colors are beautiful and vivid, and you managed to turn the strong light into an advantage for your photo. Very nice.

very nice shot!good framing with the tree and nice blue colours of the sea.good compo too.well done!

Great colours. the central compostion of the trees ensures that you know what the subject is.

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-01-02 13:32]

colors and the view is very beautiful..

in my opinion you should have taken more left..

istanbul; turkey

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-05 16:59]
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Janice, if I'm not mistaken, you've already shown us another picture of this tree. This is another great one. Excellent perspective, great POV.

Great composition and perspective of this beautiful scene Janice . To Critique I wonder how it might have looked on a vertical aspect alittle further back and showing more horizon. Great post.

Love this tree, the footprints in the sand, the shadows of the tree on the sand. The colors are very nice, from the dark green of the tree to the lovely blues of the sky and sea. This photo makes me want to take a long walk along this beach. Well done, very nicely composed, sharp and clear.

Another of your great "tree on the beach" series. Tree and beach proximity is beautiful and you really know how to put this in evidence. Very good match of proportions and nice foam diagonal to lead the eye from left to right. All together, a very attractive composition, Janice.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-03-08 7:25]

Like a postcard ! This is an excellent shot and I like the composition the sharpness is good and the colour vivid.

Well done

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2005-11-23 5:42]

Hi Jancie
I like , better, I love seascapes..
I think you too, I liked the composition you got in this photo, with the tree sunk in the sand, and the vision trough it to the open sea.
Good DOF and POV, good colours.

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