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Meri Kirihimete

Meri Kirihimete
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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: 2009-12-16
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-24 0:10
Viewed: 5940
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Meri Kirihimete is the Maori translation of Merry Christmas.

Metrosideros excelsa
Pohutukawa [po-hoo-ta-car-wa]
Pohutukawa (Maori) ‘drenched with mist’ or ‘splashed by spray’.

Commonly known as "The New Zealand Christmas Tree", because around Christmas-time it smothers itself with masses of brilliant crimson to deep blood-red flowers. 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.

The Pōhutukawa flowers from November to January with a peak in mid to late December (the southern hemisphere summer), with brilliant crimson flowers covering the tree, hence the nickname New Zealand Christmas Tree.

Wishing you all a very happy Christmas

Meri Kirihimete


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-24 1:42]

What a great plant this The New Zealand Christmas Tree!
Wonderful details and colors!
Have a great Christmas!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-24 4:38]

Hello Janice.
Thanks for your capture and for your wish!
Have a nice Christmas too!
Best regards Siggi

Hi Janice,
Een vrolijk kerstfeest ook voor jou.
You've captured the christmas flower very beautifully with wonderful details and stunning colors. I can clearly see why this is called the christmas flower since it has that feel of the season.

hello Janice
this is a super colored picture with great details
beautiful red colours thanks
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-27 7:32]

Hello Janice,
I hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year too! This is a fantastic view of this wonderful flower showing intricate details and lovely colours. A flower so special for your part of the world!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Belated Merry Christmas to you Janice and a Happy New Year.What a lovely bright flower to present with your Christmas greeting.

Very nice composition, sharpness is good, lighting is great.

Bonjour Janice,
Splendide macro valorisant bien le sujet par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs malgré, me semble-t-il, un éclairage un tout petit peu trop violent.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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