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Oribi Gorge Silver Sugarbush

Oribi Gorge Silver Sugarbush
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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: 2011-06-17
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H9, Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 15x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Very well documented! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-09-21 8:58
Viewed: 4763
Points: 52
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Silver Sugarbush / Protea caffra

This lovely Silver Sugarbush Protea was photographed in the Oribi Gorge valley, when Loot and I spent some time exploring the South Coast and surrounding areas. It was a cold and windy day and at first I did not really feel like getting out of the car to photograph the flower that we saw in the field. I am glad I defied the chilly breeze for a few minutes, rather than to stay in the warmth of the car, otherwise I would have missed out on photographing this beautiful flower.

In only 8 days we will be departing on a 3½ week vacation to the beautiful Cape Province and I am sure, I will return with a load of images with flowers galore and many more which I will gladly share in the future.

The genus is named for the Greek sea-god Proteus who, according to the myth, could change into many different shapes. The name refers to the great diversity within the genus. The specific name derives from an old name for eastern and central regions of South Africa, Kaffraria, where the plant originates.

The common sugar bush is one of three proteas which occur in the Witwatersrand area. It is the most widely distributed protea in South Africa and may be found in grassland and woodland throughout Gauteng, in parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Northern Province, Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape as far south as the Katberg mountains and in Zimbabwe. It is usually found growing in large colonies especially on rocky ridges.

It grows as a shrub or small tree with a somewhat rounded crown. The grey-green leaves are elongated with nearly parallel sides. They are leathery in texture and may be up to 250mm in length.

The flower heads (which may be mistaken for individual flowers) can be borne singly or in clusters. They reach up to 80mm in diameter with the outer bracts (resembling petals) varying from reddish to pink or cream in colour. Many tiny, single flowers are clustered together in the flower head. When pollinated each flower forms a small nut which is covered in rich reddish brown hairs.

The thick bark has a chunky, corky texture. It protects the mature plant from the fires that are essential to the maintenance of the grasslands in which the common sugar bushes grow. Caterpillars of Capys penningtoni (Pennington's protea) and Capys disjunctus butterflies feed on the flower buds. The copious nectar (from which the plant derives its common name - sugarbush) attracts birds and insects such as beetles which pollinate the flowers. Source

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

marius-secan, KOMSIS, yiannis, maaciejka, vanni2009, Mamagolo2, PaulLees, paolo49, jlinaresp, BREARD, maurydv, Pitoncle, Jakkals, tuslaw, vanda has marked this note useful
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Ciao Anna. The best light's management as possibile. Brillinat colours and very good details. Another great close up from you.


Hallo Anna,
Great shot of Silver Sugarbush Protea by you. The details, color, luminosity & sharpness are phenomenal. Notes in general are very informative in typical Anna style (chuckle). Regards

Hello Anna,
Great macro with a lovely and interesting plant.
Outstanding focus and sharpness.
Nice capture of a lovely species with superb details.
It is a perfect POV and a nice composition.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-09-21 9:52]

Hallo Anna,
Very good macro ..
Despite the strong sunlight, crisp detail and beautiful colors. Well presentation too.
Best wishes,

One of your fabulous flowers! Superb photo with great detail and brightness and wonderful colours. regards yiannis

Hi Anna,
great photo of this flower. Amazing colours. Perfect point of view. Great composition.
Thanks for sharing,
Thanks for Your kind wishes.

hello Anna
very nice picture of this beautyful flower with great sharpness and good details
thanks greeting lou

Hello Anna,
compliments for the beautiful macro. Excellent composition and beautiful colors.
Thanks for sharing
Hello Vanni

Hallo Anna,
interesting species, new for my, tanks for sharing
best regards,

Hello Anna,
What a beautiful image of this protea. The colour is exquisite and rich. Good pov and clear details. You also live near all this wonderful beauties. Well done and tfs.


Georgeous! I would have "blotted" off the ugly dead spot with photoshop. BUT nature is beautiful even among the "scars of life"!

Have a good one,


Hi Anna,

Well what a splendid capture of this Silver Sugerbush Protea my friend, fabulous sharpness with good clarity, just love the premature stages of blossom that adds to the strong composition, superb exposure with lovely colour saturation, great stuff Anna and very well done,

hello Anna,
very nice picture
great details lovely pose and beautiful colours and light,
thanks greeting Paolo

Hello Anna,
Fantastic flower!... Nice POV, a bit overexposed but very eloquent light, great color, well documented!... I wish for you a very good vacation and very much shots to share with us! :)

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-21 22:40]

Bonjour Anna,
Grande lumière et de ce fait les couleurs sont éclatantes.
Belle image

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-22 5:17]

Hello Anna,
very lovely flower in its striking color. You have presented it in good lighting.
a very delicate flower and you showed it so well.
Excellent job done here.


Hallo Anna,
a very beautiful macro shot, fantastic bright colours, excellent point of view showing perfectly this marvellous flower
Best regards

Amazing flower Anna! Beautiful and interesting photo.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-22 7:59]

Hello Anna,
What a beauty, this Silver Sugarbush. The light in the photo is gorgeous and the colours are splendid. Superb sharpness and details. Taken from the best possible point of view. A beauty!

Bonjour Anna,
Très belle et resplendissante publication d'une superbe espèce ; merci pour le partage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Anna,
Yes, I am back on TN after my Etosha holiday. Excelent clarity/sharpness, beautifull colours an good DOF. Well done.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-26 15:17]

Hello Anna,
This is a very unusual yet interesting flower that you have posted. I too am glad that you decided to get away from the warmth of the car and venture out to photograph it.
I can't think of anything I've seen here that even compares to this pretty bloom. It's petals look like they are fairly sturdy and have a waxy sheen to them. It also seems to be filled with many long stamen.
You have captured it perfectly with wonderful detail and bright vivid coloration. Exposure looks just right and the close crop really lets us get a great view of it's unique features. Well done!!

Nice and sharp photo with great detail and colours!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-09-28 12:25]

Very beautiful composition, Anna!
Splendid colours and light; great detail and depth. Very well done! The flower is fantastic.
Thanks for sharing!

NB: thanks a lot for the positive comments to my photo of dragonfly and its inclusion in the theme: pretty-perfect - picture! I am very pleased for your kindness!
Best regards.

beautiful protea, looking foreward to see more cape flwoers, greetings, Ori

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-30 10:17]
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Hi Anna!
Wonderful image of Protea. Fantastic brightness and splendid vivid colours. It is really a joy for the eyes.
I know the King Protea (Protea cynaroides). In Italy we can find it in stores. I read that King Protea is the National Flower of South Africa: is it right?
My warmest regards and TFS.
Ciao! Vanda

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