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Pretty Pest

Pretty Pest
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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: 2004-12-31
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-70mm f
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-01-20 4:00
Viewed: 3795
Points: 27
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the head of an Agapanthus in bud growing. It is a very common plant in New Zealand, and seems to grow anywhere. In some places in NZ it is considered a pest. When grown in mass it is a beautiful display.

Scientific Name: Agapanthus orientalis (A. praecox ssp. orientalis)
Common Name: Agapanthus, African blue lily and Lilies-of-the-Nile

Agapanthus was first described in 1679 and the name is derived from the Greek ‘agape' which means ‘love' and ‘anthos' referring to the flower. They are natives of South Africa and belong to the Lily family, Liliaceae.

Plant Description: Herb with fleshy roots, tall stems, reaching 2 to 4 feet in height, are topped with clusters of pretty flowers in a terminal cluster, each tubular, blue or white, with 6 petal-like parts, from late spring to early autumn; leaves long and grass-like, about 2 inches wide.

Agapanthus has clear blue or pristine white flowers in summer and their bold strap-like leaves are a useful foil for other plants all year. A word of caution on planting agapanthus, however, if you don't remove the seed heads then you can easily introduce them into areas where they are not wanted and are, to be frank, a weed and a pest. In New Zealand this is now so. Once you have them in your garden they are there to stay.

Poisonous Part: Plant sap in leaves.
Symptoms: Irritation of skin and eyes from cell sap. Irritation and ulceration of mouth if ingested.
Causes severe pain in the mouth if eaten! Skin irritation minor, or lasting only for a few minutes.

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To Woodymite: Hi SteveJanice 1 01-31 14:21
To puffy: Thank youJanice 2 01-20 16:42
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-20 4:36]
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Janice - this is just beautiful! Excellent composition and shapes of flower. Great colours on black BG. I like note also. I hope to see more macro shots from you :-)

Hallo Janice!
This is very pretty. I love it especialy in this winter day! Great job!

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-01-20 4:51]
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another wonderful shot of yours.. like the black background making the flower stand out. Well done. :)

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  • Sneza Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 94 W: 27 N: 16] (672)
  • [2005-01-20 4:58]

Beautiful photo. I like details and contrast with black background. Good composition, sharpness and colors. Very nice shot and good note.

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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-01-20 5:57]

Good contrast with background. Good colour. Could you maybe try smaller aperture, F:8 or F:16 for greater depth of focus? Otherwise cool pic. Imagine Afrivan lilly being a pest in NZ and we have a variety of pest plants here, especially from your close neighbours.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-01-20 12:21]

Nice composition&good colors.Buds looks little blur.May Less DOF.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-20 12:28]

I know this plant well Janice. Excellent POV. I like the dark background. Only nit is, IMO, it's a little on the soft side.
Good otherwise

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-20 13:44]

Hi Janice
Now why so against one of our nicest lillies? They did not swim across the Indian and Tasman seas on their ownsome! lol
Very nice buds here, a little soft, but that is the f5.6. This really needs f 11 or more, which you camera cannot offer. Overall, a pleasing image.

Good shot, details are coming out well with BG.
Well done.

I have them in my garden. They flourish well under the harsh conditions. The colours set off against the BG looks really nice. The DOF a bit shallow as mentioned. Nice shot, 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 15:36]

Beautiful shot here Janice. The dark BG does a wonderful job of supporting the image. The colors are very good to.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

Hi Janice, Dramatic image, great contrast with the black background, I'm a little confused where the point of focus is tho, a very shallow DOF I guess, but a good image nevertheless. I like it.

take me to new Z..:)/ good efect of light

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  • marcok (2)
  • [2005-02-25 18:03]

hi nice picture like the pof but maby a little to much flash!keep up

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-04-23 4:56]

Belle et intéressante composition photographique originale pour cette superbe fleur. Jolies couleurs sur un fond neutre.
Nice & Well Done !

Hello Janice,

Almost every living thing turns to get a pest if there are too many individuals of the same kind on a limited place.
Thanks for the very helpfull note.
I will look at these beauties with more care from now on.


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