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Beauty of the NZ Bush

Beauty of the NZ Bush
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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: 2006-05-20
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand ferns, Janice's FerNZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-21 4:42
Viewed: 5047
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kuripaka / Wheki-Ponga (Maori)
Jade Green Tree Fern, Golden Tree Fern
Dicksonia fibrosa


Tanekaha (Maori) (Tanny-kar-har),
Celery pine
Phyllocladus trichomanoides

This attractive symmetrical looking tree fern, Wheki-Ponga , is a favourite of mine. I love the crinkly sound the fronds make as you touch them, and they always seems to be a pretty green too. The hardiness of this tree fern make it a slow grower but it forms a very large trunk up to 60 cm in diameter.

This tree fern grows to 6 metres and naturally occurs throughout New Zealand from sea level to cold areas, at elevations up to 1000 metres, and is able to withstand 18-20°F. Its spreading fern-like, light green fronds grow well from the Auckland area south to Stewart Island, and Stewart Island is the most southerly island in NZ.

The bright green plant with the tiny leaves is Tanekaha , a medium-sized forest tree. It is a fast grower and tolerates sun and shade, which, together with its attractive whorled branching, make it a popular tree in cultivation.

Tanekaha is a very interesting plant. Its branches are very supple and do not break if bent over, making the wood ideal for any function involving bending, such as yacht masts and fishing rods.

All branches and branchlets on the tree are in whorls that diverge at wide angles from their point of origin.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-21 4:54]

Hello Janice!
Artistic composition.Exposure is spot on.I liked framing,lighting,details,contrast and visual effect a lot.Have a great week!

Hello Janice, yesterday I pictured a fern too. (for my winter archives ;-) )
This is a wonderful picture. Excellent framing, POV, sharpness and natural colours too. This is an excellent composition and as usual great note also. Thank you my friend.
Gr. Heinz

very nice Janice ,
those varens are very nice in the image, a very good composition and a good point of view, nice job.
gr. jaap

Hi Janice,
Nice shot on the ferns. Nice dark BG. Very nicely composed. Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

Good Morning Janice!
Another pleasing capture in the series :)
An excellent composition with very good light, color, and sharp details..I like the way the fern tips kinda point to your secondary OOF subject plant too ;)
Excellent notes &
Very well done!

Hello Janice, excellent colors, Bg, POV DOf perefct details, very crisp, Nice one here, TFS Kyle

Hi Janice

This is lovely. I like the way your eye follows the fern leaves down on the diagonal. Good composition and nicely presented. Well done my friend. A good choice for 'Open Subject' at camera club!

Hi Janice,
What a stunning colors and composition. It really feels as there is depth in the photo. I like the fact that you only show parts of the plants. The details and lighting are superb.

Hi Janice,
Ferns are so beautiful. I love the pattern and detail in their fronds. Beautiful color saturation and fine detail here. Very nice!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-08-21 15:14]

Hello Janice!

My kind of picture! Lovely composition, great details and subjects. I like frame also and of course your note full of Maori words :-) Last weekend I founded many similiar views in our forest. I liked it so much that I took five or six mosses and lichens species and now they live in big pot on my balcony :-) Start for new project - microforest on my balcony.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-22 7:00]

Me agrada Janice, por una composición simple y efectiva para mostrar la belleza de esta especie.
Excelente encuadre y POV , aceptable DOF y buen colorido y uso de la luz.
Saludos... Ricardo

I like me Janice, for a simple and effective composition for to show the beauty of this species.
Excellent framing and POV, acceptable DOF and good coloring and use of the light.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-22 10:56]

Hi Janice,

I really like the arty composition on this one. DOF is also perfect and colors are very natural. Well done & TFS!


Lovely shot! The composition is nice, had the bottom leaf been a little bit more in focus the image would of been perfect. Nicely done Janice. :)


Another artistic picture from you Janice. You just have the eyes for these pictures. Very nice colours and the yellow branches in the background contributes nicely to the manin subject. Nice composition too.

Well seen

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-22 22:16]
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Hi Janice,
I saw this yesterday but I'd run out of smileys, so I made a note to return. It's a lovely shot, the composition is excellent, very good detail and natural colours. A great note too, as always very educational and a great insight into the flora of that beautiful place you call home.

This is one of the best of your fern photos I think Janice. I love the contrast between the two plants and both so interesting. The diagonal composition is very attractive, well done.

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