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Kowhai Flowers

Kowhai Flowers
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-19
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 17-40mm f4L, Hoya UV 77mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-20 3:40
Viewed: 3909
Points: 30
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Maori Name: Kowhai
Common Name: Kowhai
Botanical Name: Sophora microphylla

Kowhai is famous for its beautiful yellow or golden flowers, which appear in early spring. Their nectar is a favourite food for tui and kereru (wood pigeon). The pods which appear after flowering each contain six or more seeds. Unusually for New Zealand plants, some species of Kowhai are deciduous, losing their tiny, dull green leaves each winter. Some species also pass through a juvenile stage of densely tangled foilage (branches and leaves) for six to ten years before they start to flower, eventually growing into a small tree up to ten metres tall.

The above obtained from http://www.treesforsurvival.org.nz/TREEINFO/kowhai.htm

Kowhai is a small woody legume tree native to New Zealand. There are eight species. Sophora microphylla is the most common, and has smaller leaves and flowers than Sophora teraptera. Kowhai trees grow throughout the country and are a common feature in New Zealand gardens.

Kowhai grow to around eight metres high and have fairly smooth bark with small leaves. They flower from spring through to early summer with large, bright, horn-shaped, yellow flowers.

Kowhai is the Maori word for yellow, from the colour of the flowers.

The Kowhai is the national flower of New Zealand.

The above obtined from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowhai


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Hello Pam!
You are master of presentation like this!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-20 4:01]

Hi Pam, very good work. I like all three but the furthest left is my favourite. Good series showing us around this flower, it's a beautiful one but looks hard to photograph as it's very busy but I thhink you did an excellent job. Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-20 4:15]

Hello Pam!
Wonderful shots and presentation from you again.Clear details,lighting,colors and composition are excellent.

Hi Pam, you have made another excellent collage with great pictures. It´s a super work. I love it. Thanks

Excellent post Pam with beautiful presentation. Good clarity of images with natural light and colours. Very good work.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-20 5:39]

Pam, you started to specialise in very good, colorfull and interesting presentations. This one is no exception! Great quality, interesting note - superb post.

hello:) I love flowers:) and this one is exellent:) I like little drops of the water:) colours are great:) exellent for me:)


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-20 6:33]

Wow, that L-lens sure produces some quality images Pam! You should treat your husband very, very well. :) Details are sharp and colors are outstanding. This is a very good presentation. I wish I could have seen the large version. Well done & TFS!


A very attractive series Pam.
Luckily I'll still see plenty of these here.
Catching them when they were wet was most effective.
Good informative note too.

Hello Pam!
Very nice flowers with sharp details.I liked composition and presentation very much.Thanks for sharing.

Another wonderfully presented image Pam,
One word is all that is needed Pam......PERFECT.
Thanks for posting

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-06-20 21:39]

Belle présentation, l'exposition et la netteté sont excellentes.

Félicitations !

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-21 3:39]

Wow ! What a beautiful and interesting series for this nice flower ! Very well done ! Thanks for sharing and congratulations Pam.

Very nice set Pam - I like it! Well done..

Another very nice set, Pam. Lovely compositions and a very interesting subject. VEry well done.

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