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Natures Pincushion

Natures Pincushion
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Copyright: Japie Venter (japie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-22
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Skylight
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/20 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flowers, plants and fungi of Southern Africa, Photographer's favourite, flower(red)II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-29 16:13
Viewed: 5575
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this Protea which is part of the Cylindrical Pincushions – Leucospermum family, more specific the Wart-stemmed Pincushion - Leucospermum cuneiforme in the Somerset West nature reserve.

Proteas are a major part of the Fynbos in the Cape province and I previously posted a series over several posts covering this unique plant kingdom.

Habit: A shrub up to 3m tall
Fire survival: Resprouts from underground bole
Sexual system: Both sexes in each flower
Flowers: All year round, peaking August - February
Pollinator: Birds
Fruit: Released 2 months after flowering
Seed dispersal: Ants
Seed storage: Underground in ants nests
Rarity status: Not threatened, locally common
Habitat: Varied, 0-1200m
Distribution: Riviersonderend Mountains, Langeberg, Outeniqua to Qolora in the Eastern Cape, Potberg

The camera settings:
Program Setting: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 170mm
F Stop: F/18
Shutter Speed: 1/20 sec
ISO: 100
Tripod: Yes
Flash: Diffused Off Camera TTL
Reflective Panel: No
Cable release: Yes

LordPotty, Callie, marhowie, TAZ, deud, Kay, AndyB, red45, PDP, gerhardt, jhm, Crypton has marked this note useful
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This Protea family is fascinating Japie. Some of the Australian Banksia actually rely on fire to reproduce...the seeds aren't released until the 'cones' (or whatever they're called) are burned by fire.I saw a demonstration of this with a blowtorch once.
I can see the resemblance to my Rewarewa flower,the red with yellow tips.These are a popular garden plant around here too.(I planted one, but my garden was too wet and it died). Thanks for this,and well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-29 18:02]

Pragtige spelde kussing, Japie. My favourite protea. Now my beady eye spots those three insects, and WHAT are they?
very nice compo, simple, affective, nice colours.

Japie, Interesting looking pinchusion! I don't believe I've seen this before (I've led a sheltered life) ;-). Nice vertical framing & comp. with great colors! Well done my friend!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-10-30 1:50]

Jolie composition florale. Les couleurs et la luminosité sont belles. Bonne PdC.
Well done !!!

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2004-10-30 4:32]

Beautiful plant. I love the light and the colour palette of this shot. Very sharp. Well presented. Thanx

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-30 5:59]

Very nice colours and excellent detail.
DoF is perfect.
A good shot and a great note.
Very well done.

Great Japie.
Very good compostion, great sharpness very good DOF and
beautiful colours.
Nice to see that you use a tripod and good f-stop.
Very well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-10-30 12:04]

What a beautiful flower on beautiful picture. Technically perfect.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-30 15:07]

Wow! gorgeous flower, it's amazing - I don't think I have seen anything like it. Superb shot. Well done Japie.

Agter os kom ook in die kraal. The praises are well earned friend. This is a perfect composition of the flower. Well done.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-10-31 12:38]

Hallo Japie, dit zijn prachtige bloemen, hier noemt men dit een "flessentrekker" in de bloemisterij, de kleur inval is zeer mooi, de rode en gele tinten maken uw foto zeer mooi, my compliments Japie!

tres belle capture de cette etragge plante.
les couleurs et la pdc sont tres bonnes.
merci ;)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-03 10:56]

Japie, beautiful colors, great sharpness and depth of field.



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