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Baby fern on Rangitoto

Baby fern on Rangitoto
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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: 2005-02-22
Categories: Trees
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Rangitoto, NZ's newest volcano
Theme(s): New Zealand native fauna & flora, New Zealand ferns, Janice's FerNZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-01 4:47
Viewed: 5766
Points: 27
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Maori name derived from the phrase

This is the 7th photo in the series on Rangitoto Island.

From a botanical point of view, Rangitoto is amazing. The island is only 600 years old, so you can still see the progression of vegetation taking place. There are all kinds of primitive ferns and in December the lava rock landscape blooms red with pohutukawa flowers. Now in February the red blooms have disappeared and the trees are now all green.

When the first European settlers picnicked here in 1840, vast areas were still raw rock. Early photographs depict a rubble field of broken basalt with only occasional trees. The more recent skin of spreading pohutukawa is still underlain with raw rock, and the closer view shows many bare areas between the trees.

The lava cone of the island is still growing its first cloak of plants. Rangitoto is so young there hasn’t been time for much soil to form. Instead plants largely grow in the humus formed from leaves of the pioneer plants.

Despite the rugged terrain, and daytime temperatures which may reach 50 degrees Celsius on the open rockfields, the most delicate plants can grow, but only in the shade. There are some 100 recorded species of mosses and liverworts, more usually lovers of damp places. There are more than 40 species of ferns; and some 20 different native orchids which find a niche in the shade, some on the trunks of trees, others growing from pockets of humus.

The approach to Rangitoto's summit is steeper than the rest of the track and the forest becomes particularly thick and lush. This is where I found this baby fern growing all by itself. It looks so green and healthy in the humus of dead leaves and broken branches, etc.

Make – SONY Model - DSC-P8
DateTime - 2005:02:22 11:30:20
ExposureTime - 10/400 seconds
FNumber - 2.80
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
MaxApertureValue - F 2.83
FocalLength - 6.00 mm
Cropped, Saturated and Sharpened.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-03-01 4:57]

Beginning of life.Sharp and clear photo,great note.

Janice! Great picture of young fern. Looks like Rangitoto is fern's paradise :-) I like composition very much but I thin your sony went mad with colours balance - check my workshop!

Great composition Janice! I love ferns - they are very decorative. Thank you!

Hi Janice,
I'm quite surprised at the variety of vegetation on such a young volcano, and that temperature blows me away!
In some ways,Rangitoto and Pirongia seem opposites.On Pirongia,all the tallest trees are towards the lower slopes, and they get smaller as the altitude increases. Gullies are generally more densly clad than ridges, though there are many exceptions.Pirongia still has very thick bush around the summit.
I love the thick mountain five fingers, and Kie kie.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-01 6:30]
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There she is again; the best plantphotographer on TN. :) Well done Janice. I always LOVE your plant-pics, they are arty. This is a very nice composition; in fact it's perfect with the three leafs pointing to a corner each. The green of the fern contrasts very well with the soil. TFS!

Nice shot, very good colours contrast and nice forms.
Well done.

Very nice composition Janice. Great colours and detail. Very good work

Beautiful colours. I love this contrast between vivid green and BG. POV works well to show this nice plant properly. Very goodcomposition.
I like it very much.
Well done!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-01 16:26]

Nice shot Janice, I like the composition and the POV. Good note too, well done.

Great picture Janice! I love the contrast between the fern and the earth. Wonderfull. Very sharp edges. Good composition!

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
  • [2005-03-01 17:37]

Great shot Janice, good composition, colours and clarity.
Nice note also.

I agree that the colors in the areas behind the leaves are "off" - the workshop fixes this well, I thought - still a very compelling shot. I visited Rangitoto many years ago, and appreciate your note - the vegetation, as I recall, was very lush, and everything was very damp, probably since it is isolated out in the bay.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-01 21:31]

Belle composition avec des jolies contrastes. Félicitations et bonne journée.

Hi Janice
A nice messy Bg ful of colour, and this works well to compliment the young fern fonds - your com,po is very doog, as is the exposure. Well done, Now, go do those levels - If someone had told me how to do it 2 years ago, then I would be able to make my own pic by now instead of shooting them - lol.

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