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Fijian Almond Tree

Fijian Almond 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: 2005-08-13
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Fun in the Sun at Fiji
Date Submitted: 2005-12-14 3:43
Viewed: 11273
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

In Fiji it is known as Tavola Tivi. It belongs to the combretum family.

When I first saw this tree on Mana Island, Fiji, I really fell for it. I used to walk around with my head in the air looking up at them, especially in the mornings when the sun was shining through them. It is a big tree and there were many of them on the island. I loved how the sun would shine through their leaves, which seemed be a variety of green, yellow and red colours and they would really glisten against the blue sky.

It thrives as an ornamental tree in many tropical cities in the world and it is also known in other countries as: Badamier, Java almond, Amandier de Cayenne, Tropical almond, Wild almond, Indian almond, Myrobalan, Malabar almond, Singapore almond, Ketapang, Huu kwang, Sea almond, Aobateishi, West Indian almond, amandel huu kwang and in Fiji Tavola Tivi.

Tropical almond is a large deciduous stately tree, originally from India, growing up to 90 feet tall with horizontal whorls of branches offering clusters of foot long, obovate leaves that turn pink-red to red - yellow before falling.


The tree was quite high above me and may not be too clear, but I just love the colours and and seeing the sun shining on them.

All I have done with this photo it resize it for TN and give it a small border. The original colours sky and plant are as they were. Oh what a beautiful sky colours we had when we were in Fiji. Oh, oh, I'd love to go back there one day!!

pablominto, dew77, scottevers7, honza, fiyo, red45, Luc has marked this note useful
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Hello Janice,
The backlighted leaves look just wonderful as seen against the clear blue sky! Very pleasant composition with some nice details...
Pablo -

Helo Janice!
Fiji must be wonderful place. Great you shared with us your fantastic holidays and nature from this great place.

Hi Janice,
The composition is excellent,
beautiful blue sky, nice framing.
Well done and thank you!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-14 6:34]

Hi Janice,
Very good shot! Blue sky, sunlight,Tavola tivi leaves looks great...
Fiji must be a wonderful place and maybe next year you'll visit again?
Thanks for sharing beautiful shots and presenting with your impressive notes:)

Hi Janice,
The back lit leaves do look very nice. Colors are very saturated and beautiful. Good detail in the leaves.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-12-14 7:34]

Nice picture Janice. Interesting tree with fantastic blue sky on BG creates beautiful composition. Perfect note.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-14 8:13]

Very nice composition, POV and colours Janice. I also like frame. Good work!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-14 9:03]

Janice, you read my mind! I LOVE almonds! So after tea tree this is next which I would like to have in my garden ;-) Beautifull NZ sky and lovely shapes of leaves on it. Great picture from yours holiday.

Hi Janice,
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-12-18 22:52]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: n/a.
Strong visual impact.
Personal assessment of the note: complete and interesting.
Thank you very much mf Janice.
Sorry, I have no time to write a good comment... as usual.

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