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Kiokio (iii)

Kiokio (iii)
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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: 2004-12-30
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-70mm f
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand ferns, Janice's FerNZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-02 3:44
Viewed: 3547
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another stage of the Kiokio, a native NZ fern.

Blechnum novae-zealandiae formerly called Blenchnum capense
Maori name: Kiokio.
Other names: Gully Fern. Water fern. Palm-leaf fern.

The Kiokio is a New Zealand native fern, a common species bearing oval fertile and sterile fronds. It is very common and is found in many places, the most widely distributed species of ferns in New Zealand. It grows plentifully on clay banks along roadsides and rivers. The long cascading fronds (can grow up to up to 2m long and 50cm wide) are a bright colour when new, and turn light green and then darker green as they mature.

This frond has turned darker now (see my last posting). Soon it will turn green and the leaves will start to form. (Watch this spot) The new fronds of the plant are pinnate and fishbone-shaped and brightly coloured. This plant has bright reddish new growth.

I have found while photographing these ferns that not all plants are the same – I guess that is because they have fertile and sterile fronds.

Most are ground-dwellers that prefer moist soil. Where these plants grow there is a drain at the base of the cliff that is quite swampy all the time. Because they live in damp situations they are called water ferns.

The Kiokio is an easy fern to cultivate, tolerating a wide range of conditions, but doing best in light shade and moist soils. They also make excellent container plants but do not do well indoors. They look their best mass planted in the garden. They are generally easy to grow and reasonably long-lived if their natural conditions are met.

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Much better shot than the last one. Good post.
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)
  • [2005-01-02 5:08]

Janice and Nikon in action :-) Vivid colours, dark BG, perfect sharpness and good composition - I like it!

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

Very nice, but I see PP traces arround the leaves...

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-02 14:42]

The DOF here along with the colors are great. I have actually never seen one until you started posting them - Thanks

Very well done and thanks for posting

Are lilke this one better then the last interesting POV aand DOF

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-29 9:48]

Janice, I did enjoy this photo. To me, an original one. Strong colors, nice POV and BG.


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