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Rewarewa... A 30 m tall Protea !

Rewarewa... A 30 m tall Protea !
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/15 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wild Flowers, New Zealand native fauna & flora [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-27 5:01
Viewed: 4521
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this on the forest floor the other day. It must have fallen from a great height. The tree, Knightia excelsa grows to around 30 metres tall. It's common name is the Maori name Rewarewa. Early European settlers dubbed it 'New Zealand Honeysuckle'. In reality it is more like the Australian Banksia, and in fact belongs to the same family Proteaceae. You can perhaps see the similarity to the South African Protea.
Knightia, however, has only one species, and is restricted to New Zealand. It is only found throughout the warmer North Island, and on the very northern tip of the South Island. The alternate leaves are light, yellow/green in colour, thick and stiff, from 15 cm to 30 cm long and 3-4 cm wide. They have widely spaced, coarse pointed teeth, and to some degree, resemble those of some Banksia species. The nectar of the flowers is a favourite food of forest birds, such as the Tui (Prosthemadera novaseelandiae) and the Bellbird (Anthornis melanura). I will feature these birds later on when I have better shots of them.
There is slight graininess in this shot.I have had to sharpen it somewhat as I shot it in low light conditions using auto-focus and no flash.

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To gerhardt: Great idea !LordPotty 1 10-27 07:24
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A 30m tall Protea. Amazing! I never would ahve guessed that a species from this family grew outside Africa. But then again flowers are not my speciality. Very beautifull. Thanx Steve.

Steve, Interesting & colorful find. Great shot with a very good supporting note. Thanx for posting this one!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-10-27 8:56]

I will better sleep tonight. Rewarewa! A new word. Thanks for those very instructive picture and note.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-27 9:32]
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Hi Steve, very interesting plant, something that I have never seen before. Good colours, maybe you could have had a slightly shorter exposure? Anyway, good work and interesting note.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-27 17:04]
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Very interesting and I am as surprised as Gerhard to hear about Proteas existing naturally outside South Africa and then a big one like this.

I woul like to suggest that you get a small compact (as I see you dwell around the forest a lot) tripod. I had one that is about 20 cm long which helped a lot. This will allow you to use smaller appertures to get better DOF.

Thanks for posting

So weird. Beautiful picture, and great information!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-30 8:32]
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Realmente una espectacular espécimen Steve al igual que tu nota explicativa sobre la misma.
Muy buen colorido y agudeza con adecuado encuadre.
El F2.8 tal vez sea escaso, pero el resultado es muy bueno.

Really a spectacular specimen Steve like your explanatory note on the same one.
Very good colorful and sharpness with adapted frame.
Perhaps the F2.8 is little, but the result is very good.

Very unusual plant Steve and well spotted. Excellent note also.

Howdy Steve,

Nice skeleton, wish you collected it and took it to a home studio against another solid background like a museum shot where you could work the DOF also a little bit. The colors are spectacular. But again thats me, some people like to leave things where they found them ( however as a fellow speleologist I guarabtee you Inever did and never will take any mineral out of a cave and will punish to the full extent of the Petzl metal parts anyone who I catch doing it ! :)

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  • pyorg (12)
  • [2004-11-08 3:56]

Nature can take all kind of shape. This one is weird and beautifful.
Weird because we don't see often this kind of plant.
Beautifull because of the colour.

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