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NZ Tree Fern

NZ Tree Fern
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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: 2004-12-29
Categories: Trees
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-70mm f
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand native fauna & flora, New Zealand ferns, Janice's FerNZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-19 4:40
Viewed: 8093
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
True Ferns (Polypodiophyta)
Ferns are one of the most diverse group of living land plants. It's estimated that there are 11,000 species in 300 genera. Ferns are typically found in moist forested areas although some hardy species can be found in coastal, urban, and even in desert locations. They vary in form and size. Some aquatic ferns have fronds less then 25 mm, where as tree ferns can grow to 10 meters in height, with fronds as long as 3 meters. With many smaller plants the stem is underground, and the fronds being the only visible parts. New Zealand has around 164 different fern species many of which are widespread.

Differentiating New Zealand’s ferns:
At first glance, visitors may think that all of New Zealand’s tree ferns are similar, but there are two easy ways to pick a ponga from a wheki-ponga. Look for their fat bottoms first - unlike the slender ‘Cyathea’ trunks, ‘Dicksonia’ ferns have lumpy, rustic-looking trunks covered in aerial roots. This could explain why they cover up by hanging onto their spent fronds with a distinctive brown skirt that gathers around their waists.

Tree ferns are propagated by spores and take several years to form a decent-sized trunk, which is why most landscape-grade specimens still tend to be harvested from the bush before being grown in commercial nurseries.

This fern grows wild beside a bushy pathway to the beach. It is only about a metre high, but is quite protected with all the other wild plants around it.

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Just pretty ;-) Like a cloth on a dress ;-) I would like to have such dress.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-19 4:50]

This is your best fern's photo Janice! I love vivid green and geometry of this plant. Looks like modern art or fractal. And again remind me our Polish hot summer. TFS!

This is beautiful, Janice. Ferns are probably one of the most ornamental plants, and you've put this one in a very attractive framing, combining a vivid green enhanced by the dark background underneath. Very good light, exposure and detail. Must be nice to have these close to the beach. An artistic nature shot here. Very well done.

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

Very good shot, good geometry.
Well done.

Similiar to plant growing in my country, maybe the same. Fine photo.

Interesting picture Janice. I like the patterns with all the diagonal lines. the dof is spot on as well as the colours. Well done.

A beautiful shot of this fern. Nice color and sharp detail. Nice framing. Excellent nots

Nice diagonal lines and texture. The colors are unreal. Interesting artistic approach that works. Well done Janice.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-23 2:31]

The colors and sharpness here is stunning Janice. I really like the vivid greens in this shot.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-26 12:35]

Hello Janice.
This picture is great. Sharp and clear with an interesting PoV and complete note.

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