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My 2nd Birthday - It's purple of course

My 2nd Birthday - It's purple of course
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Copyright: Anna Eksteen (Miss_Piggy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2285 W: 5 N: 5300] (18714)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-16
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My favourite naturescapes, My Purple Obsession 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-05 3:05
Viewed: 4391
Points: 96
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ehretia rigida / Puzzle Bush

**Update note: Thanks to Ingrid Shaul (ingridshaul) who assisted me with the identification of this plant.

Dear friends, at no time did I ever anticipate that photography as a pastime would become such a passion and part of my life, since I joined Trek Nature, today two years ago. Trek Nature has been an exciting journey and an incredible learning experience. In all honesty I can say that in the time I have been a member of Trek Nature I have learned more, than in all the time I have been a scholar during my childhood, and that is no lie.

This site does not only contain incredible nature photographs, but is filled with members who are tutors in many subjects. I had Geography, History, Botany, and Biology lessons by ways of the notes and information which go along with daily postings, and I am sure I can fit in Science and a little Mathematics as well. I have learnt to do proper research on a particular subject and found it not to be boring or time wasting as I argued years ago, furthermore I enjoy it and find it very interesting. One very fascinating subject that triggered me is the field of photography that Mehmet Atatur (matatur) specializes in, namely shells and mollusks, just too mention one example.

I've even learned a few words in other languages and also improved my second language, English. The learning continues on a daily basis or every time I visit the site. I want to thank each and every one of you being part of my further 'education', as well as my husband Loot. If it was not for his incredible love for and knowledge about nature that rubbed off on me, his insight and experience in the technical aspects of photography, together with his support, I would not have come thus far.

I have made wonderful friends, and it is a pity we stay miles or oceans apart as I would love to have the opportunity to meet you all in person and share some of your special photographic spots with you. I want to thank all of you who selected me as a favourite or dedicated a special image to me, as both these actions will always be considered as one of the special moments on my journey on the site. BUT, the people I want to thank the most are the ones that unknowingly spoils my eyes and heart by placing an image containing the colour purple.

I think many of you have come to know that I love this fabulous colour called purple, and if you were not aware of this fact this will soon change because if you posted something purple chances are good that I will find it and come and critique it and/or link it to my purple theme. No matter if the tint is violet, lilac, lavender, periwinkle, grape, plum or mauve. Any shade of purple makes me overjoyed.

As I celebrated my 1st birthday with a purple flower, I once again wanted to share an image containing this beautiful colour. I also have a great attraction or appreciation of an image with a flower that includes unopened buds or semi opened flowers. In my personal opinion it just adds that bit of additional dynamics to a photograph. A mixture of the two is wonderful, and wherever we went my eyes kept on searching for that special image I had in mind for this day. I was Iucky to find it at one of the picnic spots in the iMfolozi game reserve during one of our outings.

I recently updated my intro page and replaced my "face". I thought a change might be as good as a holiday, and talking about a holiday, not that I am going on one, but I want to thank everybody in advance for visiting this posting. I'll probably only see your critiques and comments in a day or two. I'm going to hospital this morning for an operation on my foot, and I may not feel up to any site activities for a day or so.

I hope you enjoyed looking at this photo as much as I took pleasure in taking it.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-05 3:22]

Hello Anna,
CONGRATULATIONS on the second anniversary here on TN. I can fully agree with the note you write about the passion for TN and the learning we do here. Your contribution in the past two years was fascinating. I was also learning a lot from your impressive photos. Thanks! Splendid colours!
This photo is good example of the high quality of your work. Excellent in all aspects.
I hope you are recovering soon and hope to see a lot more of your beautiful work in the next years,

Happy 2nd birthday Anna!
I wish you enjoy always your travel in the TN!

Hello Anna
happy birthday on TN.
Nice capture of these colourful flowers. Good details and bright colours optimally balanced.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-05 5:08]

Warm congratulation for this two lovely years here in TN.
Great capture,very sharp, beautiful colors.

Hello Anna,

Happy birthday in TN! is good to see your photos, especially when your "purple" favortie!

Excellent capture, very good projection of focus for a cool 3D effect. Excellent light and good arrangement of the elements in the frame.

I hope you're well in the operation of your foot and you return to the comfort of your home on time!

Greetings and thanks for sharing.


Hello Anna,

An excellent & beautiful shot with striking colors, sharpness & details. Well done & composed.

Congratulations on your 2 years on TN & many sincere thanks for your information/input, contributions & positiveness.



Happy anniversary! And what a lovely photo to celebrate with. One can always celebrate with flowers.
Hope you get well soon!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-05 7:09]

Hello Anna,
Congratulations on your two years on TN!
The celebratory capture of this purple flower is well taken from a great POV with fine sharpness and colours. Perhaps one of our botanists can ID this beautiful flowering shrub.
I hope your foot operation was successful and I wish you a speedy recovery.
With kind regards,

hello Anna

congratulations to your 2nd TN anniversary, celebrating it with
wild flowers and the beautiful photo as a bouquet, fine POV,
fine focus sharpness and details, beautifully blurred background,



A anniversary with a great and superb picture posted.Congratulations.
Friendly regards.Alin.

hello Anna
Congratulation wit the 2 year on TN
great colored composition great details and the bleu colour are very beautiful
i like the 3d efects
i hope you are return soon with your nice pictur,s
great shot Anna
greeting lou

Congratulation for this anniversary!
Great sharp details, beautiful colors!

Hi Anna,
Happy Birthday ;-) For your two years you realy make wonderful shots, haha!
I love this one, like a big star - and the colour is marvelous, my favourite colour in these days - also many of my cloths have this colour at the moment ;-)
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2010-01-05 12:31]

Colourful and so cute at the same time these little flowers dear Anna.
Your compositions and POV are realy great.
I'd like to say congratulations about your 2th aniversary here in TN and say that it is a pleasure participate here with you. I'm almost 2 years here too.
Thanks for this beautiful image and lovely note.
Best wishes,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-05 12:55]

Hi Anna. A big congrats on your 2 years on TN you can get Loot to take you out for a meal !!. I hope all has gone well with the surgery. This is such a colourful picture taken with fine detail and good use of the light. Well taken TFS.

Hi Anna!

Congratulations on tour 2nd anniversary on TN! As i seen we start to TN almost in same time:) It was very nice to meet you on this beautiful site MF! Hope you have a speedy recovery soon and we are going on all together to sharing so many beuatiful things!
Thank you for all everthing MF (and off course thank you Loot!)
All the best!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-05 15:11]

Hi Anna,nothing better to celebrate your 2nd anniversary...your prefered color taken from this very strange and unknown flower....i hope all the best for your health...have a nice time!! Luciano

Hi Anna...
Firstly wishing you get well soon and congratulations on the second anniversary here on TN..Your notes are effected..You are very sensitive and kind person .. I always enjoying to look your shoots and reading Your comments. Beautiful picture and pretty flowers with great details...TFS...
Best wishes

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-05 16:29]

Hi Anna,

Congratulations on your second anniversary on TN. I would expect you to celebrate in purple. Beautiful flowers and a wonderful diagonal composition. I'm so sorry to hear about your surgery. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope you will be trekking around very soon.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-01-05 16:37]

Slav Anna,
Congratulation for your two years here on TN!
Excellent shot with great colors, sharpness and fine details.TFS.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-01-05 19:06]

Hola Sra. Anna.
Well Congratulations for Your second anniversary here, and really hope to see You here as long as You can live, so we can enjoy Your exellent and fine work and friendship.
I also hope You are recovering well and see You soon.
All my best.

Hallo Anna,
congrats to your two years on TN, the time flies.
It have been a pleasure to have you around, you have kept the Eksteen spirit up in a great way when Loot was away from TN. I have enjoyed all your pictures and very well written comments and great notes.
I'm sitting with a very small notebook (Asus EEE pc), but what I can see the picture is up to your usual standard.
I wish you a speedy recovery.

Greetings from Cyprus
Your Friend

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-05 23:40]

Hi Anna,
Happy Birthday on TN:)This capture is wonderful as the others and your note is excellent as always.Harmonious colors,details,POV and visual impact are perfect.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-06 0:08]

Hello Anna,
Congratulations on reaching this milestone and for finding this most suitable flower to celebrate the occasion! It is a very beautiful 'bunch' in fabulous colours and details are very sharp. I look forward to seeing many more interesting flora and fauna from your part of the world!
Hope your foot will heal rapidly so that you can soon be up and about with your camera again!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2010-01-06 0:48]

Hello Anna,

When i read my supervisor's dedication to you, i realy feel bad. Hope you will recover soon and come back here again.Congrats on your second year here too. Thank you very much for all!
TFS and R's,


Hello Anna,
Excellent photo. Very good sharpness, details and lovely colours. Great composition. Congratulation on the second anniversary on TN.
Hope your foot will heal rapidly so that you can return to shot such lovely images again.

Hello Anna,
congratulations on your two years on TN; a fantastic macro shot of this purple flower, superb sharpness, marvellous colours and splendid contrast, excellent POV, DOF and composition.
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-01-06 5:00]

Hello Anna,
At first I wish you a very quick recovery from your surgery. And then I would like to congratulate to have reached already two years of TN. Time passes so quickly, but with TN we have such an interesting pass-time :-)
A special blueisch flower, I really wonder what it could be..looks a little bit like a Pauwlonia-tree. We have one in our neighbourhood,but I'm not sure if the flowers are quite the same.
Very nice diagonal composition and a very special blue flower!
Kind regards

Hi Anna

Happy 2yrs here on TrekNature!:)
Thank you for sharing your time with us to make this a really enjoyable site.
I can really see how you have grown and enjoyed your photography more and more as you having given us some beautiful postings to admire.

This one is no exception and a picture taken from a great POV with sharp details and perfect exposure.

Hope you are hopping around just fine again and that you will be better in no time at all.

Well done and TFS
Kind Regards

Dear Anna,

I hope - you are at home now - and not too uncomfortable.

It is a great pleasure for me - to say HAPPY SECOND BIRTHDAY on TrekNature - and see so many members feeling the same way.

Every time - when I see your name somewhere around the site - I feel a little twinge, like seeing a school-sweetheart: the first positive critique (smiley) I received on TrekNature was from you!

I waited to write, I hoped to give you as a little present the ID. I think, I found it now: ehreatia rigida

I shall continue to look/confirm and let you know.

The fruit of ehreatia rigida is a spherical berry up to 8 mm in diameter, ripening yellow through to bright orange red and eventually black. They are edible but not very tasty. So, if you want to be sure, you could go back to this tree and check on the fruit... :-))

Apparently the small tree is often parasitised by mistletoe.

Whatever it's name, it is a lovely flower, emphasised by the pastel background.

The angle of the branch from 11 o'clock down to the bottom right corner adds interest.

Best Wishes
Warm regards

Hello Anna,

congratulations to 2 years of TN.
Past week I had also my 2th birthday here.
You showed us an beautiful flower that I dont know.
So I can't help for the ID.
Good pf pod, sharpness and beautiful colours.

Hello Anna,
Hope you'll be feeling much better now. I am sorry, I have come to your photo quite late but I really enjoyed the long and detailed heartfelt note which really impressed me and was saddened by the news of your fractured foot. get well soon dear and our prayers are with you. Now this lovely photo, indeed it has been taken with all that pure love that you have for colour purple and these purple flowers. It is a sharp, pleasing photo, gives one a sort of spiritual buoyancy. It is a soothing shot. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your comments on my photos and also for liking my comments and notes, feel obliged and honoured dear...wish you and hubby a happy new year and good health you again...take care...warmest regards/Abid

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-06 12:03]

Hi Anna,
many congratulations on reaching your 2nd birthday here on TN! It is always a pleasure to get a comprehensive critique from yourself and you bring alot to this in terms of effort, good will and variety.
You celebrate with a beautiful image of crisp detail and gorgeous colour - hope to see more fro you for a long time to come!

Hello Anna
what a purple beauty !! just ideal to celebrate your second anniversary on TN
very great presention and POV and the details are simply fantastic
DOF and luminosity are excellent too
I wish you a quick recovery from your opération

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-01-06 20:30]

Happy Birthday Anna,
What an elegant image to celebrate it with. Blue is probably my favorite color of flower, so this shade of purple is very close. Love the diagonal composition and wonderful detail you managed to capture. The one opened blossom surrounded by all the buds is very eye catching. Super shot!!

Hi Anna,
I love these purple flowers with the nice details.
You made a wonderful shot, good sharpness, pretty light.
TFS and Kind regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-07 3:14]

Hi Anna,
yes a very beautiful composition. The diagonal crossing of the branch from a corner to another is simply effective. The flowers are beautiful with its buds around it.
well thought and excellent sharpness.
The light is simply very special in giving a lively view.
hope you will get better soon.


Hi there Anna,
Congratulations on your 2nd birthday on TN. Wish I was there already. I'm still feeling my way through everything and if I don't do the crits right please bare with me, I'll get there. I know purple is your favourite colour and this stunning flower is realy beautiful. You've captured it stunningly with the middle flower open. You've picked the right photo for your 2nd anniversary. VWD and thanks for sharing it with us. Hope you will recover soon from your operation. Hope to see many more of your stunning photo's and thanks again for all your assistance.

Hola Anna,

espero que estés bien y te recuperes pronto de esa pequeña intervención.También felicitarte por tu aniversario en Tn y por esta amplia nota que nos enviaste a todos; todos los que estamos aquí disfrutamos de Tn independientemente de creencias, conocimientos o de los mal llamados niveles sociales.En cuanto a la toma, realmente desprende vida por la fuerza de los colores y de la nitidez con que la captaste. Buena luz y oportuna diagonal: un conjunto con mucha fuerza!

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2010-01-07 18:57]
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Hi Anna

CONGRATULATIONS on this wonderful milestone. How fast this past 2 years has
gone past. In all the previous years that I was involved with photography, you never
really seemed to take much notice. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I thinks that one
day you might discover the joy of this creative lifestyle and take to it the way you did.
It is a pleasure seeing how you have grown, enjoyed, and sometimes lost yourself in
this activity. Yes, of course TrekNature played one major part in all of this as I do not
believe it would have been the same if you started to take up photography and you did
not have the stimulating platform to upload your material and have the interaction with
other like wise oriented people. I am happy for you that you are happy in expressing
yourself in this wonderful medium. Keep on doing what you are doing and I am sure we
are still going to see some amazing material from you and your little Sony.

I hope you will recover soon from the surgery you just had and that it will be the hoped
for remedy to cure all the aches and pains you've experienced the past year or two.


PS. It seems like Ingrid is correct with her ID for the plant. Just take note it is supposed
to be Ehretia rigida, and the English name is: Puzzle Bush and the Afrikaans name is:
Deurmekaarbos (confused/tangled bush).

Ciao Anna how are you?
Congratulations for your two year on TN, thanks for all your splendid photo, lovely flower against a beautiful blurry BG, great light and colors, fine details and wondwerful sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-08 23:23]
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Hello Anna

Sorry I missed this one - my access to the internet is rather limited.

Cingratulations - and what a lovely shot - well composed and with great detal and colours.

I hope your foot is getting better - I have had torn ligaments a couple of times and have had to keep my foot elevated which is very restricting - I imagine it is the same for you?

We are currently at Kayes on the Mali-Senegal border. Yesterday we were longing for Southern Africa - we travel with masses of medicines etc but have both been ill, are not sleeping well and are sick of out guide who knows nothing and is clearly not up to the job!

Best wishes


Merhaba Anna,
I'm sorry I couldn't write on your 2nd "birthday" sooner, but you know that I was out of circulation for almost a fortnight. Your purple flower group with a lot of unopened fresh buds is indeed a pleasure to behold, green leaves balances the strong colour nicely and the well controlled focal depth produces a fine blurriness of colours in the BG of this expertly managed diagonal composition. Last but not least, I was quite happy to see my name within your erudite notes, TFS this fine image my friend.

Bonjour Anna,
Félicitations pour la performance..., et pour cette splendide publication admirablement composée sous une belle lumière qui fait resplendir les couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Anna
Time flies when your having fun. Congratulation on two years with TN. Your contributions are great, it's so nice to see animals and plants in different parts of the world. So thanks for sharing this beautiful purple Puzzle bush. The colour is so rich and detail sharp.
TFS Janice

Dear Anna,
most beautiful bunch of blossoms that you are presenting us - and yourself for your "birthday"!
Brilliant colours, crisp details, perfectly composed. And vibrant with energy - same as you.
My congratulations to you! Sorry for the delay.
With all my best wishes,

Very nice composition, quite exotic plant for me, regards,

nice botanical capture, so it must be a new birthday (1 year passed), congratulations Ori

What a splendid photo again! Fantastic in all aspects. Super!!!

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