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NZ's Native BUSH

NZ's Native 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: 2007-01-31
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 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: 2007-02-08 3:31
Viewed: 7499
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
New Zealand’s Native Bush

This photo shows a very tiny part of the bush at the Waitakere Ranges in Auckland – beautiful, isn’t it????

Notice the many ferns you can see growing. These will mostly be Mamaku or Black Tree Fern (Cyathea medullaris) . It is the tallest and fastest growing New Zealand tree fern. It can grow to 20 meters tall. It has a black trunk with very large fronds 2-6 meters long.

The Bush
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The bush
is a term used for rural, undeveloped land or country areas in many places, such as Australia, New Zealand, Sub-Saharan Africa, Canada, and Alaska.

In Australia it can include agricultural areas and regional settlements, and is more than a simple urban/rural contrast definition. The term is quite specific and does not include the even more remote areas that constitute the outback.

But in New Zealand, the term has a more specific connotation — that of isolated, heavily forested countryside, as opposed to the open coastal plains and tussock-covered high country. Bush always refers to areas of native trees rather than exotic forests.

Areas with this type of land cover are found predominantly in the South Island, especially in the West Coast region stretching from Fiordland to Nelson, with the east coast having been deforested except for parts of Kaikoura and the Catlins. Much of Stewart Island/Rakiura is bush-covered.

In the North Island the largest areas of bush cover the main ranges stretching north-northeast from Wellington towards East Cape, notably including the Urewera Ranges, and the catchment of the Whanganui River. Significant stands remain in Northland and the ranges running south from the Coromandel Peninsula towards Ruapehu, and isolated remnants cap various volcanoes in Taranaki, the Waikato, the Bay of Plenty and the Hauraki Gulf.

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PS In the distance, over the hills and far away over the water, 1200 miles away, is Australia... It is a totally different country from NZ.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-08 3:32]

Hello Janice,
Lovely capture.Well seen and composed.Details,lighting,POV and framing are excellent.Have a great day!

Hello Janice
What a great shot,
Perfect composition and DOF,
exellent work.


Yes Janice, it's really beautiful!!!
Fantastic place and wonderful country :-)

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-08 17:47]

Wow! The green just goes on forever! It would have made a very daunting sight for the first European visitors.
Great POV and details

parfait ce paysage, j' aime beaucoup le net devant et le flou qui arrive progressivement
félicitations et amitiès

Hi Janice,
Ys it is very beautiful! Such a lush and thick grow you have down there. I like the layers of hills foing back to the horizion line. Looks great!

Hey Janice, your "outback" is bigger than mine! ;)
Great shades of green with good detail. I like the POV showing ridge after ridge of outback here.

Hi Janice. Good representation of NZ native bushland. The many treeferns look very good indeed. We used to call them Pongas? unsure if this is still the case. Good clarity and natural colours. TFS. Murray.

Hello Janice,
This is so luxuriant and green! I like this exposure and details you caught. Those notes are really interesting too. There are a little artifacts on the upper part in BG but hey, it don't really matter, just wanted to say :-) This is a very interesting post. Thanks,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-02-14 19:11]
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Hi Janice

Wow, if I did not know any better I would have thought this was taken somewhere in the tropics. What an awesome sight. There must surely be thousands of these majestic tree ferns scattered between the other lush vegetation, and it seems like the greenery just rolls on and on, layer after layer, until the eye meets the beautiful blue sky at the top of the frame.

The composition was excellently accomplished with the predominant bright green and well lit foreground that covers ±2/3 of the lower portion on the horizontal plane of the photo and the ±1/3 of the darker toned rolling hills in the BG. The colours are remarkable and the details are well defined and captured by the appropriate aperture.

Very well done and TFS.

Belle photo, d' une nature sauvage et jolies,pleine de vie cachée. Amitiés Thomas

My, my a whole forest of ferns! They seem to go on forever too. I love all the green in this, the darks and lights showing off a really nice texture. Nice light and POV, well done.

Hi Janice,

Wow! It's amazing to see all those ferns in one shot, you captured them beautifully. The most ferns I've ever seen is on the Olympic rain forest penisula in Washington state but nothing even close to the numbers thats displayed in your picture. :)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-19 11:28]

Janice, of the greatest things about TN is to have the chance to know nature in other countries. I do enjoy it.

Simple and effective image. I like your note too.

Hi Janice,
A kind of picture usualy not posted in TN, but for me is very interesting, shows the natural environment of your country. A very well taken pic, I like the differents "bands" diminishing its shine and green.

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