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Pohutukawa at Rahopara Pa

Pohutukawa at Rahopara Pa
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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: 2006-08-12
Categories: Trees, Seascape
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pohutukawa Trees of NZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-12 2:24
Viewed: 5107
Points: 18
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Pohutukawa at Rahopara Pa
Po-hoo-ta-car-wa / Rar-oh-par-ra Par
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Note the Pohutukawa trees growing on the cliff.

These are the NZ Pohutukawa trees, commonly known as "The New Zealand Christmas Tree". Around Christmas-time it smothers itself with masses of brilliant crimson to deep blood-red flowers. Right now, in the middle of our New Zealand winter, these trees are all green, no flowers at all.

I have told you about Pohutukawa trees before; about how they are very much a coastal tree; they thrive near the sea, easily withstanding strong winds, 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 (occasionally even found with oysters growing on the branches) and the great roots spread along the cliff-face above.

This is the cliff at Castor Bay, about 5 kms south of where I live. Many of these bays in the area have these Pohutukawa trees growing all along the cliffs. Castor Bay itself is quite small, but is well sheltered, with a small bark area and an extended coastline stretching out to the north.

But the cliff has stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf, and was once the site of Rahopara Pa, a fortified Maori village. It has historic and cultural significance and the design includes traditional Maori palisade/ stockade-style fencing through the trenches of the old pa site. The viewing platform was also crafted in the Maori style and features specially carved poles.

My Canon camera has died Ďagainí and is once more in the Canon hospital. I am so pleased it was working while I was away on holiday in Australia.

So my Sony camera has been dusted and is in action again. I must go through my archives(!!) and see what Nature photos I can find to post.

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Hello Janice
Wonderful picture. Like the diagonal framing. Very informative and would love to see all the red at Christmas time. TFS

Hi Janice,
please visit this place again at Christmas and show us this "spectacle".
Anyway it is also pretty at this time.
A place to relax and feel good, thanks for sharing, beautiful
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Janice,
welcome back from your trip. And I hope the Canon Doctor can cure your camera, Not easy to live without it.
This is a beautiful view with good POV and composition.
Well done, my friend.

The weather is back to normal again, around 20C and thats perfect for me. And the butterflies is back so it's good times now.;-))

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-12 12:52]

Hello Janice,

This looks absolutely amazing and it looks exactly what I remind from being in and around Auckland. I wish I had such beautiful beaches in my neighbourhood. Well executed and good composition. Well done & TFS!


Hi Janice,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. The POV is good.
Well composed and good notes.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2006-08-12 22:18]

Hi Janice. It is a pleasure to see these pohutakawa trees along the coastline. They are very much a NZ tree. The POV is good as it shows the beach, a glimpse of sea and the trees where they look best. Hope you take a similar shot near christmas time to get the colour from this vantage point. Murray.

Hi Janice,
Great shot showing this hardy specie of tree. They seem to have adapted very well to the harsh conditions at the coastline..
I would like to see this same shot around Christmas when they are flowering :)
Nicely done and TFS!

Hi Janice,
A beautiful scene! You have some very beautiful and dramatic scenery in NZ. Oceans and seascapes are some of my fsvorites. The exposure looks great in this one. Nice blue sky with just enough white puffy clouds to top it off.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-14 19:25]

Hı Janıce
Good landscape shot. Good colours, light, sharpnes, DOF and POV.
Well done Janice


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