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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: 2006-09-02
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/20 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-10-19 0:23
Viewed: 5553
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Elatostema rugosum
Maori Name: Parataniwha
New Zealand Begonia

I have always been drawn to this herbaceous ground-cover plant when I have seen it while walking in our New Zealand bush. It is found in a few dark, damp, shaded streamsides and gullies and only in the North Island.

It has large prominently veined and fleshy palm-like, coarsely serrated, pink and bronze green leaves with purple tonings, on fleshy stems.

It is a native plant with reddish leaves when young, and purple-green and dark veins when older.

The flowers are inconspicuous and minute, unisexual occurring in small clusters at the base of the leaves. The insignificant male and female flowers are usually carried on separate plants.

In the Coromandel dense mats of Parataniwha grow in valleys with populations of Hochstetter’s frog.

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Beautifully shaped and patterned, variously coloured leaves in fine hues Janice, they form a nice composition against a dark BG. TFS this fine image my friend, hope to see a posting on "Hochstetter's frog" in the near future!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-10-19 2:00]

Hi Janice

A splendid close-up on this very beautiful plant and its leaves.
This type of abstract shots i find really great because they make use of the imagination of both the shooter and the viewer.
The geometrical shapes here are amazing and create a splendid composition. Add to that the gorgeous colors and the small but very nice reflections and you have a charming and very original capture.

Bravo and TFS

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-10-19 3:05]

Hi Janice,how many colors this beautifuls leaves!!The light was perfect to show this spectacle of nature,excellent idea and great realisation,my best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-19 3:14]

Hello Janice
Wonderful fall colors,
Perfect composition,lighting and details,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot.

Regards Siggi

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-10-19 7:18]

hi janice,
just beautiful abstract image, good shapes and shades. tfs.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-10-19 22:36]

Hi Janice,
nice shot of these leaves. a good attention to detail required for a shot like this i think, so well spotted.. well composed. great colour throughout. nice work!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-19 23:16]

Hi Janice,
Outstanding shot of this colourful leaves with such delightful colours, forms and shapes. Beautiful lighting and the black BG works wonders here. Very artistic and very creative image.
Excellent DOF and composition.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-10-20 4:48]

Very nice capture Janice.I liked vivid colors,POV,framing and composition a lot.TFS

Hi Janice,
This is the sort of shots that I like a lot, very aesthetic and graphical quality to it, the frame is filled very nicely, beautiful pin-sharp leaves with very interesting colours, stands out very well on that black background. Was wondering how it will look framed - check out my workshop,
best wishes,

Hello Janice
It is so nice shoot.Colors are impressive.Superb.Well done.TFS

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-10-24 5:03]

Hi Janice,
Very splendid capture.Colors,contrast,lighting and
framing are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-24 22:58]

Hello Janice,
If I hadn't read your note I would have though this was a house plant, decorative for its leaves. The leaves of the Parataniwha plant are very varied in colour it seems, well captured in this image.
The lighting and composition with the dark spaces between the leaves is excellent and forms a pleasing pattern.
I presume that the colours depend on the age of each leaf, the younger ones being reddish.
Thanks for sharing this fine image,
Have a good weekend,

Hi Janice,
This picture is all in texture. I feel I can almost touch it. Tones of colors, exposure and details are superb. As usual, your notes are interesting. Take care,

Hi Janice,
This could pass for a painting, it's so artistic....beautiful.
This only showcases your sense of aesthetics.
Thank you so much, indeed, for sharing this lovely shot!
Kind regards,

This is a plant I'm very familiar with, having done lots of caving.
These are often around cave entrances. In the South Island we have Tree Nettles intead !

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