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Sepal of Mangrove Flower

Sepal of Mangrove Flower
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-28
Categories: Trees
Camera: Nikon D90
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-11-30 0:47
Viewed: 5909
Points: 50
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This shot is taken at a Mangrove forest Reserve in sungai semeling, Merbok, Kedah.
I went there with my friend, Jusni after hearing about the place. It is not yet fully in operation but its worth visiting.

The size of 4114 hectares forest is the largest mangrove forest reserve in Malaysia, which was gazetted in 29th September 1951.

The wonder of this place is the life inside of it and the swarming tiny creatures which protected by this natural habitat: Crabs, insects, fishes (very small or big), mollusks, reptiles and mysterious mimetic creatures.

These animals, in millions, are the perfect food for herons, macats, seagulls and generally speaking for a big variety of birds which populate the mangrove, making it the best place for birds watching.

Mangrove is also known to provide protection against coastal errosion such as Tsunami with its massive root system is efficient at dissipating wave energy.

The mangroves in this area are considered to be among the most species-rich in the world. The serene Sungai Merbok has some 30 species of mangroves, 80 species of birds and 50 species of fish and shellfish. It is slated to be extensively developed during the Eighth Malaysia Plan period.

A sepal (from Latin separatus "separate" + petalum "petal") is a part of the flower of angiosperms (flowering plants). Sepals in most flowers are green and lie under the more conspicuous petals. However, the term tepal is usually applied when the petals and sepals share the same color, or the petals are absent and the sepals are colorful. When the flower is in bud, the sepals enclose and protect the more delicate floral parts within. Morphologically they are modified leaves. The calyx (the sepals) and the corolla (the petals) are the outer sterile whorls of the flower, which together form what is known as the perianth.

The number of sepals in a flower is its merosity. Flower merosity is indicative of a plant's classification. The merosity of a eudicot flower is typically four or five. The merosity of a monocot or palaeodicot flower is three, or a multiple of three.

The form of the sepals vary considerably among the flowering plants. Often, the sepals are much reduced, appearing somewhat awn-like, or as scales, teeth, or ridges. Most often protruding until maturity until falling off. Examples of flowers with much reduced perianths are found among the grasses. In some flowers, the sepals are fused towards the base, forming a calyx tube (as in the Lythraceae family), a floral tube that can include the petals and the attachment point of the stamens.

Mangroves are various kinds of trees up to medium height and shrubs that grow in saline coastal sediment habitats in the tropics and subtropics – mainly between latitudes 25° N and 25° S. Such bosks are also part of the mangrove forest biome. The saline conditions tolerated by various species range from brackish water, through pure seawater , to water concentrated by evaporation to over twice the salinity of ocean seawater (up to 90 ppt).
There are many species of trees and shrubs adapted to saline conditions. Not all are closely related, and the term "mangrove" may be used for all of them, or more narrowly only for the mangrove family of plants, the Rhizophoraceae, or even more specifically just for mangrove trees of the genus Rhizophora.

Mangroves form a characteristic saline woodland or shrubland habitat, called mangrove swamp, mangrove forest, mangrove or mangal. Mangals are found in depositional coastal environments, where fine sediments (often with high organic content) collect in areas protected from high-energy wave action. Mangroves dominate three quarters of tropical coastlines.

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Good morning friend Foozi, this presentation can be only yours!! Fantastic capture with briliant simplicity, wonderful rich colors, composition and detail. The Mangrove forest Reserve seems to be an exciting place for Nature lovers! Truly great presentation indeed.
George Veltchev

Hello Foozi, a superb close up shot of interesting flower from nice point of view.
The composition, details and colours are exceptional.
TFS and regards,

Hi MF Jusni,

Great macro of these sepals of a Mangrove flower, really nicely done.
The soft and OOF background works well with the composition.
Great notes too. I am leaving some connection problems related with the TN. So slow! (This the 4th writing of this message)
TFS and have a nice day!


Salam Foozi.
Fine specimen from the largest inland mangrove forest in Kedah. The four petals in a flower is rather unique as many will go with the odd numbers. Excellent capture with well defined hairy details around the center.
Nice work and thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

hello Foozi
great sharpness picture with good details and lovely colours
super shot
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-11-30 4:49]

Hi Foozi,i know how are little these flowers and your is a very impressive macro.What a perfect focus,what a sharpness and natural colors too.Another surprise in the most unusal and rich gallery of TN.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Excellent macro of sepals (I haven’t thought taking photos of sepals)
Well done!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-11-30 6:16]

Very fine image of this sepal showing its perfect symmetry well. good notes on mangroves. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-11-30 6:23]

Hello Foozi,
Great very sharp detailed photo of this impressive flower. The colours are very beautiful and in a fine contrast against the green BG. Good DOF and composition.

Hello Foozi,
What a perfect capture with excellent colours and razor sharp details.
Very good contrast and perfect clarity. Great macro with nice POV.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-11-30 10:13]

Helklo Foozi,
Beautiful rich color saturation. Spot on exposure and perfect light have this looking stunning. Tack sharp detail.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Foozi, lovely flower on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Foozi,
Le cadrage est un peu trop serré dans le bas de l'image mais la finesse et la précision sont remarquables.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-11-30 12:05]

Hi Foozi,
What an interesting flower,great presentation with excellent colors,sharpness and POV.TFS.

Beautiful flower, good details. regards. N

Hello Foozi
WOW ! this is beautiful !! suerb subject, greatly presented, very interesting shape of yhis flower and so soft colors, very contrasting against the green BG
superb sharpness too
Have a good night

Hello Foozi!
Fine flower, very fine note, interesting information.
Superb background. Good cut. Very good contrast and sharp. Nice bright and colours.
Splendid effect.
Well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-01 3:54]

Hello Foozi,
Though I have seen mangroves many times, I have never seen any species of mangrove flower.
So it is nice to see this well taken image.
The POV shows the details with excellent sharpness and natural colours against an excellent contrasting BG.
Thanks and kind regards,

Salam Foozi,
Excellent composition and sharp details, bright colours and very good light and sharp details.
Regards, Murat

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-01 7:56]

Hello Foozi,
An excellent macro of this Mangrove flower that surely must stand out against the mud! Details here are very sharp, colours look natural and I like your composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hello Foozi

very beautiful photo of this flower with
the vivid color tones, fine POV, superb focus
great sharpness and details, TFS


Hola Foozi

Que original planta, con su centro cuadrado, una composición y nitidez excelentes. Buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

interesting closeup, TFS Ori

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-12-02 18:41]

Hello Foozi,
You are the master of the macro, this is beautiful Foozi, thank you for sharing your talent.

Hi Foozi,

The flower is well placed in the frame. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Sepal of Mangrove flower. The blurry background is putting in evidence the flower. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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