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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
Photo Information
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: 2006-12-13
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Weifeng CPL 77mm
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/15 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand ferns, Pohutukawa Trees of NZ, New Zealand Native Fauna and Flora (2), flower(red) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-15 6:33
Viewed: 5533
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a close up of the flower of our New Zealand Christmas Tree:

Metrosideros excelsa
Pohutukawa [po-hoo-ta-car-wa]
Pohutukawa (Maori) ‘drenched with mist’ or ‘splashed by spray’.

The Pohutukawa is known as "The New Zealand Christmas Tree", because around Christmas-time it smothers itself with masses of brilliant crimson to deep blood-red flowers. Pohutukawa flowers appear to be composed only of stamens, giving them their distinctive brush-like look.

Right now many of these trees are in flower, and still more flowers are slowing opening. It is a much better year for the flowers, as last year not many appeared at all. So I try and take photos when the wind isn’t too strong – pretty hard to do right now as it is very windy. . .

Many of these Pohutukawa trees grow on our cliffs around here and they seem to stabilise the cliffs from erosion. Some must be quite an age, as I think they have been growing for a long time.

I shall be away for the next week as we are heading north to the Bay of Islands with my cousin and her husband from England. So I wish you all a good week and I’ll see you when I return. . .

markop, whjb, JoseMiguel, star74, scottevers7, dew77, horia, marhowie, coasties, Alex99, jchemas, jeanpaul has marked this note useful
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hi janice,
lovely shot,
well composed, nice pov,
lovely colours,
framed beautifully,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Janice,
Very nice picture and beautiful colours.
Thank you for the good note.
Best regards,
Have a nice week end.

Hello Janice,
this is a wonderful capture with sharp details on the flower (the DoF is perfect for that matter) and gorgeous contrasting red and green colors! Right into the Christmas spirit :-)

Hello Janice,
What a beautiful close up of your Christmas Tree.
This photo is so well executed in all aspects: POV (very interesting angle), DOF (nice blurred background), exposition and ilumination.
I like a lot the composition, so well balanced.
Presentation is also a very good one, I like alot the frame used. right colors wich get the best of the photo.
Congratulations and thanks for share,

Hi Janice,
Wonderful shot great details and colors.
Well done.

Hi Jance,
A beautiful shot. Rich color saturation and sharp detail. Perfectly composed and framed. A very Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-15 10:19]

Hello Janice,
Excellent capture.POV,colors,sharpness,contrast and composition are wonderul.Have a good week too!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-15 10:22]

Hi Janice

What an amazing flower!
The compositin here is exceptonal, woth all these "needles" pointing in all directions.
The sharpness of every detail is excellent and the colors are brilliant!
Bravo and TFS

PS: have fun and hope to see you back soon :)

Beautiful shot and an excellent Christmas post.
Have a safe trip and a very Merry Christmas mf!

Hi Janice

A lovely shot indeed! Looks like it will pop out of my monitor any time soon. Clear and sharp. Good natural colours too. Thank you MF and have a wonderful time with your 'rellies'.:-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-16 10:15]

Hi Janice.
You have presented this charming flower nicely. Excellent cropping and framing also your note. The reproduction of the flower is superb, Very nice its colours, sharpness and details. BG is colourful and its dark tone highlight the beauty of the flower perfectly. Great job and TFS.

Hello Janice.

Great shot of this New Zealand Christmas Tree is really a Season Shot and the first time that I know of it.
It is like all your pictures, a great one
Love the composition, colors and details with excellent framing and BG.

Wishing a Happy Holiday Season and a Bright and Healthy New Year for You and your family.

Thank You for everything on this one



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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-23 6:24]

Hello Janice,
Wonderful Christmas greeting! This flower is magnificent and a species that seems very special for your part of the world. I wish I could see them all in flower now! It seems to have ficus-like leaves. Excellent sharp details and wonderful colours in this composition.
Enjoy your holiday! TFS, Ulla

Bonjour janice
Une excellente photo en macro de cette belle fleur.Les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo et joyeuses fêtes...JP

Hi Janice,
Good compo.
Sharp image.Po-hoo-ta-car-wa...I made it;-)
TFS and best wishes!

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