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Pohutukawa - NZ Christmas Tree

Pohutukawa - NZ Christmas Tree
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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: 2010-12-22
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-23 2:55
Viewed: 6288
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Meri Kirihimete..(Merry Christmas)

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

The Pōhutukawa is a coastal evergreen tree in the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, that produces a brilliant display of red flowers, from November to January, made up of a mass of stamens. The Pōhutukawa is one of twelve Metrosideros species endemic to New Zealand.

They thrive near the sea, easily withstanding strong winds, salt spray and drought and are rarely found inland unless planted. The tree hardly ever grows straight and is more likely to have many short trunks with tortuous branches.

Usually found growing on cliffs with the branches sometimes reaching in the water (occasionally even found with oysters growing on the branches) and the great roots spread along the cliff-face above.

Mikolaj, Argus, uleko, lovenature, siggi, Luis52, albert, Alex99, tuslaw, nofer, Hormon_Manyer has marked this note useful
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Hello Janice!
Nice flowers. Nice sky. Fine clouds.
Good vertical composition. Superb POV and DOF.
Sophisticated effect.
Interesting information.
Well done!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-23 3:53]

Hello Janice,
I like this better than the European Christmas tree. A superb composition of the contrasting red colour of the dense flowers against the blue sky dotted with fluffy clouds.
Thanks and I wish you a Meri Kirihimete and a Happy New year,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-23 4:25]

Hello Janice,
Great to see a post from you again showing a wonderful
'Christmas tree' covered in red flowers. A very nice composition too.
TFS and I wish you and your family Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Kind regards, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-23 5:22]

Hello Janice,
What a surprise to see a posting from you. And a very beautiful one! A photo of this endemic tree in great clear colours splendid contrasting against the blue sky. Great choice of composition.

Hi Janice...from the south
I can just imagine how beautiful the Pohutukawa is in real life. The red blooms against the blue sky is really striking. I love your composition, it really works well. Merry Christmas to you and your family this holiday season.
TFS Janice from the north ; )

A beautiful picture of a flowering tree you present here, a superb colour, sharpness and composition is very good. TFS
Samiran Nandy

Hi Janice,
A magnificent photo; the inflorescences are impressive ant the colours wonderful.
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-23 14:24]

Hello Janice,
Very nice image of this beautiful flowers.The vibrant colours are very nice,excellent POV and composition.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.Siggi

Ciao Janice, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family too, lovely composition with beautiful flowers on a fantastic sky, wonderful light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-23 15:27]

Hi Janice,nice to see you again and thanks for this beautiful and interesting specie from your country! I wish you all the best for the next Christmas and thanks! Luciano

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-12-23 17:57]

Hola Janice.
Bello contraste de colores y hermoso fondo en azul. Foto muy apropiada para Navidad.
Feliz Navidad Janice.

Hello Janice
An other nice Christmas tree !
Nice contrast between the bright red flowers and the blue sky
A well balanced photo,well done
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-12-25 5:04]

Hi Janice.
Amazing colourful Charismas card. Triangular composition is brilliant as well as reproduction of flowers and cute cloudy blue sky. Best wishes to you in coming New Year. TFS and best regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-12-27 20:49]

Hello Janice,
What an attractive image you have posted. The tree is simply gorgeous and the blue clouded sky makes a fine BG. Excellent detail and just the right exposure. Well done!!

Hi Janice.
Lovely photo of the pohutukawa ours are not really in flower yey.
Cheers Dave

Hi Janice,
Beautiful Christmas tree - quite different than ours in Europe (conifers). Gorgeous colors and a very pleaasant semi-diagonal composition. Simplistic yet aesthetic and artistic job. Congrats and tfs.
Have a great festive season, best regards, László

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