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Magenta Daisy

Magenta Daisy
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10-22
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1, Sony G lens 20x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 125
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-15 9:01
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Magenta Daisy / Senecio speciosus

Today I share one of the prettiest flowers I came across in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve during our October 2012 holiday. A daisy is actually such a common flower but the way the sunlight brought out its beautiful colours after a downpour of rain made this such a lovely sight. I could easily stay in this beautiful Nature Reserve for hours if I was left there. It is such a delightful experience to walk through this beautiful piece of land with your camera in your hand, as there is not only flowers but insects, birds, reptiles and many more that offers such a lot of photographic opportunities.

The Magenta daisy is a perennial herb with stems to 70cm high from a woody rootstock, often arched at the base then erect. Leaves mostly in a basal rosette, elliptical and lobed or toothed, somewhat fleshy and usually glandular-hairy.

Flower heads deep pink to purple with similar coloured ray florets, 30-40mm diameter, surrounded by a single series of hairless or glandular-hairy bracts. Habitat is damp grassland, often in marshy depressions.

Fernkloof Nature Reserve covers 1800ha in the Kleinrivier Mountains above Hermanus and ranges in altitude from sea level to 842m. In late 1957, the Reserve was proclaimed by the Provincial Council of the Cape. It protects coastal and fynbos and a small patch of evergreen forest. Parts of the coastal area including the Cliff Path Nature Area, the Mossel River valley and the area from De Mond to Kettle Point, including the mouth of the Vogelgat River and part of the Klein River lagoon have recently been incorporated in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve. This means that the coastal area with its unique fynbos - different from that on the mountain slopes - as well as the sensitive lagoon area, are now being included, and for the first time mountain and coastline will be linked.

There is no other place on earth where so many different species can be seen growing in such close proximity. In Fernkloof 1474 species have thus far been collected and identified. The name of the principal vegetation type of this region is derived from the Dutch word 'fijn bosch' which is the collective name for a myriad of evergreen shrub-like plants with small firm leaves, often rolled - but also includes woody plants with hard leathery leaves, usually broad, often rolled. The prevailing climate is Mediterranean with cold wet winters and hot dry summers with strong south easterly winds.

Grey rhebok, Cape grysbok, klipspringer, baboon, mongoose and dassie are present in small numbers. Others such as porcupine, genet and hare are nocturnal and these mammals are seldom seen. Although not as rich in bird-life as other areas in South Africa, 92 bird species have been recorded. Species most likely to be seen include the Cape Sugar Bird, Sunbirds, Rock Thrush and Rock Jumper. Raptors include the Jackal Buzzard and Black Eagle. Limited areas of forest alongside streams support numbers of seed and insect-eating species such as Rameron Pigeon, Canaries, Flycatchers and White-eyes.

The reserve lies on the northern side of the town with a 60km network of trails. These provide the opportunity for people of all fitness levels to go out and enjoy some exercise and fresh air. A display of some of the flowers that can be found in the veld is permanently maintained at the Fernkloof Visitors Centre. The various trails offer magnificent and unequalled views of Walker Bay, the Hemel en Aarde Valley and Maanskynbaai.

Taken from: Photographic Guide to the Wildflowers of South Africa By John Manning and Colin Paterson-Jones as well as Source

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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Hallo Anna
Great sharpness with nice waterdrops on this flower
the details and colours are beautiful
great shot
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-15 10:25]

Hello Anna,
A splendid flower in your favourite colours. Great sharpnes, fantastic details and the waterdrops are a big bonus. I like the composition with the flower just out of the centre.

Ciao Anna, great macro of fantastic flower with lovely drops, splendid light, wonderful bright colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Anna. Impressive! Fantastic show of colours. Stunning details against the blurry BG. A lot of drops like jewels.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-15 13:05]

Hi Anna,a spectacular flower and a great capture whit these very bright drops,the pic of the day on TN,no doubts.Have a nice evening and thanks,luciano


Amazing flower Anna! Great photo too! Interesting composition, fantastic coloures and impressive sharpness!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-16 1:20]

Hi Anna,
Fantastic detail and focus in gorgeous colours.
Perfect composition,nice mirror in drops of water.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Anna

The magenta in both its dark and lighted shades is simply gorgeous especially with the blue in the centre. But for me the myriad different ways in which the water droplets acquaint themselves to the curled up petals of this daisy is more interesting. Nice sharp capture and beautiful presentation.


This is the first time I am seeing a daisy with folded petals. Nice image with natural colors and good sharpness


Good morning Anna
This is so beautiful...
Perfect composition,wonderful bright colours,impressive sharpness.Thank You
Have a good day!
Best regards

Hello Anna!
Nice pic.The colors are stunning!It seems like a jewelry.The litlle water drops are like diamonds.Wow!Really gorgeous!Well done!TFS
My best wishes,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-04-16 4:30]

Interesting flower Anna! It is the first time that I see this flower. Congratulation!.

Bonjour Anna,
Une superbe macro valorisant bien le sujet, dans une belle lumière, par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-04-16 6:03]

Hello Anna,
what a beautiful Senecio, I've never seen a truly wonderful,regards..

Hello Anna,
Beautiful picture of this specie.Attractive colour and well focus made it splendid.I like its clarity too.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hallo Anna,
This is my dream photo!!! The Ruby red colour of this Magenta Daisy etched against the contradicting green BG is magnificent. It almost seem to leap at the camera! Perfect POV and the f7.1 gave you that equally perfect DOF. The rain droplets is anything but a bonus because you created this exposure enduring the elements. You are the bonus to TN and it's members for picking the right moment to capture this, as you mentioned in your notes, perfect moment my friend! Thanks for sharing and greetings to Loot.
Best regards,
Jammer as ek weg gevoer word met die foto en dat ek soms dieselfde woorde gebruik maar ek hardloop uit woorde uit om die "fantastiese" foto te beskryf nie.

Hi Anna,

A splendid shot of this flower with the drops of dew/rain between its petals, great details and colours. A very good macro shot.
TFS kind regards Bill.

Hello Anna

Very beautiful photo of this flower with the
water drops on the petals, with fine POV
to show them, lovely light, great focus,
sharpness, and details, wonderful color tones
and great contrast of the color tones, TFS


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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-04-17 3:26]

Hi Anna,
what a wonderful macro of this amazing flower,
outstanding details and beautiful natural colors !
Well done !
Best regards !

Hello Anna,
great picture of this wonderful flower with good sharpness and lovely details like the beautiful water drops. I also like the vivid colours and your splendid composition.
Best wishes,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-04-18 0:50]

Hallo Anna,
Great macro of lovely flower ..
Beautiful presentation of this flower in very nice natural colours, great sharpness, details and composition.
Best wishes,

Hi Anna,

Beautiful well balanced image here my good friend, splendid lighting with lovely natural colours, nice and sharp with fine detail throughout the bloom, excellent effort Anna and very well done,

Best Regards,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-04-19 9:33]

Hello Anna,
An Amazing species of Senecio of a stuning magenta colour. Our Senecios all have yellow flowers.
The POV is perfect, taken with top sharpness and fine natural colours with the dew drops a nice plus.
This is great to view1
Thanks and I hope you and Loot have a great weekend,

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2013-04-21 14:14]

Hi Anna,

The daisy itself would have make a beautiful photo. But with the rain drops on the beautiful patels makes it even more beautiful, the color are well saturated when wet and the water drop with their shinny and glistine with reflected light is like diamond ond pearl scatter around the beautiful flower. Icing on the cake. Beautifula and symetrical composition with a perfectly circle formed by the magenta patels.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-04-30 19:32]

Hello Anna,
Rosie and I are sitting here just admiring your gorgeous flower. Rosie works part time at a local Green House and loves all kinds of flowers. She thinks this particular flower is exceptionally beautiful and I definitely agree.
The intricate shape of it's petals is so eye-catching and unique. We also like it's blue center and of course the water droplets, which are an added bonus. Great work!!

Hello Anna,
What a beautiful flower and so well portrayed here. The colours and sharpness are wonderful, with the droplets a real bonus. I found your note very interesting and Fernkloof Nature Reserve must be a very pleasant and rewarding place to visit. Some dear friends are retiring to Hermanus at the end of the year and I expect that we will be visiting in which case I will definitely not miss the nature reserve. Best wishes.

Hello Anna,
This is fantastic. The effect of raindrops is just wonderful. You did great in presenting this special moment.

Hello Anna
Superb colours and composition, excellent detail.
Why can't we have some interesting Senecios like yours?!
regards yiannis

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-05-10 5:09]

Hello Anna,
The colour of this flower must have attracted your eye instantly knowing your preference for this colour-palette. Amazing colour for a daisy, really. Lovely drops in between the petals. The background was not ideal, you have done the best.
Kind regards

Hello Anna,
A splendid flower in your favourite colours. Great sharpnes, fantastic details and waterdrops are outestanding. Really gorgeous.
Have a nice day.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-06-13 10:13]

Hi Anna.
What the rage of colours. It is simply fantasy. Amazing flower, its shapes and colours. Details is unbelievable too. Impressive representative of your flora. Well done and TFS.

Hello Anna,
very artistic picture.
droplets are superb.
good colour and sharpness.
best wishes,

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2013-10-18 19:32]

Amatistas, Zafiros, Diamantes, engarzados en el tallo verde de una flor. Gracias por tanta belleza, Anna.

Desde Argentina,
Hernán Bortondello

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