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Pretty Impressive

Pretty Impressive
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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: 2004-12-18
Categories: Trees
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pohutukawa Trees of NZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-20 5:37
Viewed: 4941
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is another photo of the Pohutukawa tree at Army Bay. You can see where the cliff has fallen away, leaving the roots to just hang on in the earth.

I am standing on the beach looking at the gnarly roots and wondering just where the roots end and the branches begin. The long, low branches hang over the sand, providing shade and great places to sit, climb and hang beach towels. These pretty impressive roots are able to grow in air over surfaces as they search for pockets of soil and moisture. It moulds to coastal winds and spreads its weight over unstable ground.

The Tree's rough and stringy bark forms a medium-thick, dry covering which protects the tree from drought and provides an excellent surface for the roots of epiphytes. Dormant leaf and floral buds are protected by bud scales against damage from cold, salt and abrasion. Flowers are a spectacular crimson colour and the abundant nectar attracts nectar feeding birds and geckos. A fruit capsule opens to enable wind dispersal of seed. Seeds are small for easy dispersal and entry into rock crevices, an ideal strategy for a rock colonising, coastal plant.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-20 5:56]

Amazing shapes of those roots. I like composition and DOF. Interesting note too!

Very impressive shot again. This tree sure needs a big root system to keep it up.
Good post

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-20 7:02]

Bel enchevÍtrement de racines qui ont perdu leur sol, Janice!
J'aime l'aspect sculptural de cette image.
Un bel ouvrage: image et note.
Bravo et Merci

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: **
DOF: ***
POV: ****
Note: ***

very good shot, well done.

Nice shot, a very interesting post.
You got a very strong composition.
The shot has an important blue light component, maybe you can lower a bit to get more contrast. Very well done, more considering the camera. Thanks.

This is far better than the previous post of the tree, the tangle of living roots look like they are a scene out of lord of the rings. The texture of the wood is great. the extra info is very good too and goes a long way to letting me understand how this tree survives with so little root in the ground. nice one.

Hi Janice
A nice note, and and interesting picture. However, you must try and have some point of interest in you picture, to "grab and hold" the eye, otherwise the eyes just wander all over the frame. This is the case here.
Still, an intesting note and rendition of Old Man Willow.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-23 15:12]

I found this note and image combination to be very interesting. It is aamzing how roots can form these intersesting shapes, yet we are unaware of it.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-04-14 11:16]

Janice, the Pohutukawa tree is really impressive. Twisted roots in a great composition. Well spotted.

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