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It MUST be Christmas!!

It MUST be Christmas!!
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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: 2005-07-17
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand native fauna & flora, Pohutukawa Trees of NZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-18 3:29
Viewed: 3717
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The New Zealand Christmas Tree –
Pohutukawa – Po-hoo-ta-car-wa (Metrosideros excelsa)

This photos is very similar to one I posted on TL, but I assure you, it isn’t the same one, but very close.

I’ve heard of mid-Christmas dinners, but how about a mid-Christmas Christmas tree in bloom. But yesterday, July 17th 2005, I found this one just coming out in blossom, one single one of the many Pohutukawa trees that grow along our cliff here at Murrays Bay.

This is the NZ Pohutukawa tree, commonly known as "The New Zealand Christmas Tree". Around Christmas-time it smothers itself with masses of brilliant crimson to deep blood-red flowers. And from the look of this one, it seems to want to do the same in July.

Pohutukawa flowers appear to be composed only of stamens, giving them their distinctive brush-like look. The petals are small and hairy-backed, the most conspicuous part of the flower being the crimson-stalked stamens which may reach 5cm in length. Each ring of stamens surrounds a calyx funnel filled to overflowing with viscous nectar that is much sought after by honeybees and birds. Flowers appear in December and January and whitish seed capsules follow the flowers and open around May to release multitudes of thin, brown seeds which ripen by the following spring.

cafecrem, red45, dew77, sway, chiliu, carper, thistle, sAner, elihesam, Fisher, Comandante, bedford67, wallhalla15, marhowie, ddg, TAZ, cedryk has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To red45: $$$$$$$Janice 4 07-18 06:53
To thistle: Thanks MonikaJanice 1 07-18 06:41
To sway: Merry ChristmasJanice 1 07-18 04:42
To cafecrem: Thanks JoannaJanice 1 07-18 04:21
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Hello Janice!
Great shot of this wonderful tree. Next time an arty composition with amazing flower on superb BG!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-18 4:01]
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Hi Janice!
Beautifull close-up of my favourite NZ tree! Saturated greens and reds look amazing, composition with weird shapes of flower, too. And you made even special frame - great work!

Last few days we've got some trouble with Shadow - few times we went to vet with him, we thought that we lost him - his temperature droped to incredibly 34C degrees and kidneys were enlarged - probably some kind of toxicosis. But now he is safe and sound. Next three days we'll go to vet for injections and we hope he will be ok.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-18 4:05]

Hello Janice!
Wonderful close up.Vivid colors,POV,lighting and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-18 4:40]
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Well spotted Janice, and in July.
Nice composition and use of light.
Good natural colours.
Well done. Merry Christmas ;)

Hi Janice,
I like the composition here, the colour and details are excellent, great background.
Very good shot!

it's a nice one Janice,
very nice flower shot, good colours,fantastic pov and a great dof, very good note too, very good job,
gr. Jaap

This is no doubt the NZ tree I know best ;-)
You're a pro in plant photos and this one is perfect.
I like the photo very much.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-18 6:38]

Hi Janice,

I like this close-up a lot. The colors are very, very nice and the details are sharp. I like the green tones especially. This picture does remind me of x-mas, so the name of the tree is very appropriate. Well done & TFS!


Excellent details,great use of DOF,what a nice result,well done dear Janice!
The colors are fantastic,which has a great contrast,too,between red and green and strongly composed,I enjoy it,what a useful note for it,Thanks a lot.
Best to You

Hi Jancie, I wish in winter our european christmas trees are looking like this, this is so colourful... Wonderful picture.

Excellent shot and well done on the composition and details. Beautiful.


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-07-18 10:26]

Hi Janice!
Good sharpness and colours. Interesting note. I like it.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hello Janice!
Very nice capture.Colors,POV and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Hello Janice,
Very impressive photograph! I like his sharp and contrasted colors. This flower is very well bring out by your work. Cheer.
TFS, cordially,

Hello Janice, excellent! Fantastic colors and composition!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-18 16:35]

Janice, lovely colors and composition. The dark bg highlights the green and red shades.

Great contrast to show us this beautiful plant.


Very nice capture Jancie! This shows the brilliant blood red flower very nicely with great details. Well composed with great light and colors. Great shot!

Hello Janice!
Very nice close-up of this flower! Great colors. I like the contrast between red and green. Very nice composition. TFS

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-07-20 9:39]

Bonjour Jancie, bravo pour cette belle fleur aux couleurs éclatantes, joli cadrage et bonne définition des étamines . Mes félicitations, Didier.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-27 12:08]

Wow ! I like very much your composition ! The contrast of vivid colors on dark background is great. The shape of the flower is wonderful. POV and DOF are excellent. Congratulations Janice !

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-10-04 19:34]

Very original flower, Janice! Good constrast between red and white (my national colours, by the way :-)) and against the background. TFS! Michal

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