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New Year Explosion

New Year Explosion
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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: 2006-12-24
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand ferns, Janice's FerNZ, New Zealand Native Fauna and Flora (2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-30 3:44
Viewed: 4424
Points: 44
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Departing the year with a FERN from me!!

This will be my last posting for 2006, and I wanted to go out with a favourite of mine – the New Zealand Fern.

I was in the Waitakerie Ranges on Christmas Eve with our rellies, and we stopped at the Arataki Visitor Centre in west Auckland, in the Waitakere Ranges (Auckland's largest regional park). As you can see the misty rain was rolling in and I decided this view of the Tree Fern needed to be shown.

There are 22 conservation parks within easy reach of the Auckland city. Between them they offer over 500km of walking tracks. The Waitakere Ranges are the perfect backdrop for mountain biking or walking. The Arataki Visitor Centre in west Auckland is a place to visit for any information about the parks, beaches and walking tracks in the area.

Ferns in New Zealand
While most of the world's ferns grow in tropical climates, New Zealand hosts an unusual number of ferns for a temperate country. These exhibit a variety of forms, from stereotypical feather-shaped tufted ferns and tree ferns to less typical filmy, leafy and climbing ferns. Both the koru, in the shape of an unfurling fern frond, and the silver fern are widely accepted symbols of New Zealand.

As some of you will know – I do love to look at the ferns. So this is a NEW YEAR gift from me to all my TN friends.

Have a Happy New Year and I wish you a wonderful and prosperous 2007, with plenty of photos possibilities and great results.

Kia ora

wallhalla15, nainnain, saeedabbasi, SunToucher, uleko, wkshelton, Argus, Alex99, RAP, dew77, mlines, loot, livios, jeanpaul, red45 has marked this note useful
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Hello Mrs. Fern - sorry Janice. ;-)
This is another unknown fern for me. This is a very interesting and very good picture. Great POV, sharpness and very nice colours. This is a great composition. Thank you for posting my friend. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year and many wonderful pictures in 2007.

bonjour JANICE
bien vu, bonne photo, le flou arričre est superbe,
comme toujours tres bon travail

Hi Janice,
very nice compositiom and beautiful colors.
nice sharpness.

hi janice,
nice shot,
well composed,
nice pov, good dof,
lovely natural greenery,
tfs & regards

Hi Janice,
Well then I need to whish you an awesome new year and see you again in 2007. Man, that sounds so far away.
A beautiful composed shot with great colors and a nice foggy BG. These ferns just keep looking amazing to me.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-30 8:12]

Hello Janice,
Beautiful landscape with this impressive fern sharply in focus against the mountainous misty background. I like the green colours too.
TFS and best wishes for 2007, Ulla

Hello Janice,
Excllent work, great colors Bg POv DOf perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo

TFS Kyle

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-30 9:37]

Hello Janice,
This is a superb shot with a primaeval atmosphere: it could well be a part of Jurassic Park!
Love the tree-fern and how you composed it in its misty setting.
TFS and best wishes for 2007!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-30 10:09]

Hi Janice.
What a nice view you have captured and shared. Outstanding in its impressiveness POV and DOF. Amazing combination of distance to the tree and remote BG. Perfect illumination of the plant and blurred by haze nice BG.

Thank you for your beautiful pictures, kind comments and useful notes.
Happy New Year and best holiday wishes.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-30 11:40]

Hi Janice

Lovely composition and gorgeous colours, I love all the greens.

Happy New Year to you and your family


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-30 13:41]

Bella composición Janice desde un punto de vista maravilloso para captar la grandiosidad del sitio.
Me gusta la posición del helecho dentro de la escena con el ángulo captada sobre el fondo brumoso.
Kia ora y mis mejores deseos para el 2007... Ricardo

Beautiful composition Janice from a wonderful point of view to capture the grandiosity of the place.
I like the position of the fern inside the scene with the angle captured on the foggy bottom.
Kia ora and my best wishes for 2007... Ricardo

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-30 16:10]

Hello Janice,
Magnificent fern capture.I liked POV,lighting,clear details,framing and composition a lot.Happy new Year to you and your family too.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2006-12-30 16:47]

Hi Janice. Very much New Zealand scenery. These Pongas as we called them in Taranaki alway look good to me. The rain in this part of the world sustains them so well. Good clarity and colours. Murray.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-30 18:03]
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Hi Janice

I never knew you were into ferns. Funny that you should mention that. Ha-ha, let me stop talking nonsense. Just now someone might think I slept throughout all my activities on TN this past year. You are not known as the New Zealand FerNZy lady for nothing.

While I did a little research on your portfolio I just realised anew what great contribution you have made to this site just on the topic of ferns alone. Obviously not to mention or to forget all your other great contributions, but the astronomical number of 63 postings really place you in a category of your own. You have single-handedly posted more photos of ferns than the whole of the TN members put together. Add to that the interesting, useful, and informative notes that came along with it then one have to say "Wow, great stuff. Very well done and thanks for all that you shared with us".

I mean, who would have known anything about King ferns, Yellow edged ferns, Rangitoto’s kidney ferns, the strange and beautifully coloured Palm leave ferns, Norfolk island ferns, and of course the New Zealand official sports emblem, the Silver fern, etc., just to mention a few. This should easily qualify you for the TN equivalent of the Grammy awards for a lifetime contribution to music or something like that.

About this photo though, its beauty speaks for itself. All I have to say by looking at that climate (which seems to be rather shiveringly and freezingly cold) is that it is no wonder the good weathered, heat loving Springboks shrivel up when they have to play rugby in NZ.

Excellent work and TFS.
Kia Ora and God bless.
Best regards

PS. While running the risk of repeating myself, I still (or again) wish for you and your loved ones a wonderful and fulfilling 2007.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-12-30 18:19]

Janice, this is a lovely image.

Excellent sharpness, composition, exposure and pov.

Great mood.


Hello janice
Elle est trčs joli cette photo de ce beau paysage avec ce bel arbre , belle composition les couleurs sont jolies, ainsi que les ce magnifique ciel dans son brouillard.
Bravo et merci....JP

Hello Janice,

What a great image to bid 2006 goodbye...


Pablo -


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-02 3:30]

Hello Janice!

You know well that this is my favourite subject :-) I'm still amazed by your BIG ferns! [and their Maori names of course :-)]. Beautifull view, lovely main subject, misty horizon and different shades of green. Just Great!

I wish you, Dave and rest of family all the best in 2007! Let every your dream come true my dear friend!!!

By the way - 1st January - still no snow and +8C - sounds like miracle ;-) Last year it was -5C or something and TONS of snow. I hope winter forget about us this year :-)

Excellent colors scene atmosphere and composition.
I see quite sone jpg artefacts. As there is time and no motion, It could have easily been shot with higher quality.
Quality is still worth TN.

An excellent selection to post for going out of the new year with a bang. The beautiful frern looks as though it were exploding like a firework display. :)

Amazing view!!!! Just marvellous! Like from amazing, old stories... Sometimes I dream about NZ!!!!

Wow Janice...this is a very unusual fern. I think I might have known it was yours even without the name with it. It does look like a firework exploding in the sky. I love the misty background too, well done.

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