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Cabbage Tree

Cabbage Tree
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Copyright: SDF DF (puffy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-15
Categories: Trees, Seascape, Sky
Camera: Canon 300D, 18 - 55, KeyMen 512MB, UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-03 19:35
Viewed: 7648
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The same morning when I took this shot, I just can't resist taking any photos like this.

I have included the skinny Cabbage tree in the view as well. Cabbage tree is one of NZ native tree.

Maori Name:- Ti Kouka
Common Name:- Cabbage Tree
Botanical Name:- Cordyline australis

The cabbage tree is a familiar sight in swamps or dampish places throughout New Zealand vegetation. It is also planted occasionally in gardens and parks and has been introduced into horticulture overseas. It reaches heights of 40 ft at its maximum development with diameters of 1–4 ft. The crown is made up of long, bare branches carrying bushy heads of large, grasslike leaves 2–3 ft long. Early settlers used the young leaves from the centre of these heads as a substitute for cabbage – hence the common name. At flowering time large panicles of small, white, sweet-scented flowers emerge from the centre of the heads. Good flowering seasons occur every few years only. It is said that they foretell dry summers but, from observation, they usually follow dry seasons. Small, whitish berries are formed which are readily eaten by birds. The tree is very tenacious of life, and chips of the wood or sections of the stem will readily shoot. The leaves contain a high percentage of long fibres which are occasionally extracted.

The genus Cordyline is placed by many botanists in the lily family, a group of plants which contains few trees, C. australis being the largest. The genus contains over twenty species most of which occur in the warm temperate and tropical regions of the southern hemisphere. Apart from the cabbage tree, there are four other species in New Zealand and the surrounding islands. The commonest are C. banksii which has a slender, sweeping trunk, and C. indivisa, a most handsome plant, with a trunk up to 25 ft high bearing a massive head of broad leaves 2–6 ft long.

The Maoris obtained a most nutritious food, kauru, from the root of the young cabbage tree. This root is an extension of the trunk below the surface of the ground and is shaped like an enormous carrot some 2–3 ft long. An observer of the early 1840s, Edward Shortland, noted that the Maoris “prefer those grown in deep rich soil; they have learned to dig it at the season when it contains the greatest quantity of saccharine matter; that is, just before the flowering of the plant. They then bake, or rather steam it in their ovens. On cooling, the sugar is partially crystallised, and is found mixed with other matter between the fibres of the root, which are easily separated by tearing them asunder, and are then dipped in water and chewed”.

Above information and more can be found in here and here

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  • Great 
  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-07-03 21:52]

Very beautiful view!
Perfect exposure,very crisp silhouette.
Great shot!

A really gorgeous post, Sweety! This is a fantastically beautiful shot. Who knew, I thought this was a palm tree!!!

Cheers, my dear friend!


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-04 3:04]

Wow, Sweety! Just wow, wow, wow!!!

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-07-04 3:18]

Sweety, vos paysages au lever du jour sont toujours aussi beaux et la copmposition avec cet arbre en premier plan donne un super relief . TFS Didier.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-04 3:58]

Hello Sweety!
Very nice seascape.Warm colors,lighting,reflection on water,framing and composition are perfect my friend.TFS...:-)

  • Great 
  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-04 5:09]

Cabbage trees make such a great subject when the sun rises or sets.

Well done. Great colours. Great compostion.

NZ @ its best!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-04 5:27]

Stunning sunrise colours and the Cabbage Tree silhouette is PERFECT!
Sweety, great shot!

Well... difficult to find the words to comment such a beautiful shot. Fantastic light and game of colours. That's excellent!

  • Great 
  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-04 6:21]

This is a marvelous sky Sweety! Extremely beautiful with fantastic colors. The composition (with the two trees) is great. Well done & TFS!


Hello Sweety!
This is really wonderful view! Great, vivid colours and superb atmosphere. I love it.

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-04 12:34]

Sweety, this is really lovely.

Excellent composition, colors and pov.

The shot looks like a painting - and that's great.

Hi Sweety, lovely colours in this shot, it does indeed, as Livios says, look like a painting. That means your exposure and composition are perfect. Well done and TFS :)

Hi Sweety,

This gives me a real holliday feeling! Wow it must be great to live there.
Very nice picture,



Now this is a shot I love. Beautiful colors in that sky. The composition is perfect. Nice Shot!

Beautiful image sweety,
The colours are spectacular, I love shots like this.
One word needed.....PERFECT
Thanks for posting

Hello Sweety!
Superb seascape.Colors,lighting,DOF,frsaming and composition are perfect.Excellent work!Thanks for sharing.

Nice POV Sweety. The early morning colours are spectacular. I particulary like the cabbage tree in the foreground. The only nit is the tree branches on the right. Cloning or cropping would have enhance the shot. Nice work all the same. Thanks.

Beautiful colors and grreat composition.

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-11 17:51]

Fantastic shot Sweety, the lighting is excellent and I love the POV and the sillhouette. Very well done.

Everytime I look at your portfolio you have improved. Amazing landscapes and it's so nice to see your work at such a standard.

Composition/placement: ****
Exposure: ****
Focus/sharpness: ****
DOF: ****
POV: *****
Impact: ****

Overall: ****

*Acceptable, **Average, ***Good, ****Great, *****Outstanding

Sweety! I missed this excellent capture. This is brilliant, you really are getting very good at these shots. Very nice work.

  • Great 
  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2005-11-16 9:31]

Hey Sweety,
fabulous shot great work,
really nice great POV and compo.
Very well done,
thanks for sharing,

I like your photographies, but this in special, has great interest, harmony chromatic and a perfect one and balanced composition

BEAUTIFUL!!! Has all my favorite qualities, water, boats and a beautiful view...love the tree you included too..ads alot of interest.. love it TFS
Donna :o)

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