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Merry Christmas & My 200th

Merry Christmas & My 200th
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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: 2012-10-17
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1, Sony G lens 20x Optical zoom, Digital ISO 125
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-24 21:50
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Crassula dichotoma / A Christmas wish

This is to accompany my warmest seasonal greetings to all of you, no matter if you celebrate Christmas or not, and as it so may happen this is also my 200th posting here on Trek Nature. Looking at this image of this lovely star shaped flowers, it gave me such a feeling of harmony and stillness and I could not let it pass without sharing it with you in this time of Peace and Goodwill.

My wish to all of the Trek Nature community is: "May peace, lots of love, happiness and good health be with you and your families, now and for always".

By Joanna Fuchs

Take a heap of child-like wonder
That opens up our eyes
To the unexpected gifts in life
Each day a sweet surprise.

Mix in fond appreciation
For the people whom we know;
Like festive Christmas candles,
Each one has a special glow.

Add some giggles and some laughter,
A dash of Christmas food,
(Amazing how a piece of pie
Improves our attitude!)

Stir it all with human kindness;
Wrap it up in love and peace,
Decorate with optimism, and
Our joy will never cease.

If we use this healthy recipe,
We know we will remember
To be in the Christmas spirit,
Even when it's not December.

Short overview
Annual, branched above. Leaves opposite, narrow and succulent, spotted red on the margins. Flowers in flat-topped clusters, star-like, yellow to orange with a red star in the centre. Flowering September to October. On Sandy flats and slopes from Namaqualand to Caledon in the Western Cape Province.

Taken from the book: West Coast - South African Wild Flower Guide 7 - Published by The Botanical Society and The Darling Wild Flower Society in association with the National Botanical Institute.

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

Hormon_Manyer, ramthakur, flashpoint, PeterZ, ellis49, lazyman, goatman04, KOMSIS, CeltickRanger, Hussain58, loot, rousettus, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To drchoneydew: Hallo BrendaMiss_Piggy 1 12-30 01:48
To maurydv: Very happyMiss_Piggy 1 12-27 06:52
To Hussain58: ThanksMiss_Piggy 1 12-26 11:07
To ellis49: ThanksMiss_Piggy 1 12-25 09:53
To lazyman: ThanksMiss_Piggy 1 12-25 09:51
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Hi Anna,
I shouldn't like to miss the chance to be the first in the queue who comments this superb image. First of all merry Christmas to you & your loved ones, too, and congratulations for your 200th post. About the image itself: fantastic composition and sharpness, a gorgeous macro shot full of details, and very effective shallow DoF which helps to isolate the main subject from the background. Absolutely beautiful image. Congrats and tfs.
Have a great festive season, best regards, László

Merry Christmas Anna,

Indeed, the Star Flower reminds of the bright star in heaven, where held in the memory of Christmas, we should all sit beneath its glowing rays and find peace within our souls that will last until the day after its fading light is extinguished.
Beautiful Image...

Anna, this is the most beautiful Christmas Card of this season so far on TN. Thanks for your kind wishes on the Christmas day!
We too wish you Merry Christmas!!
A lovely poem in your note that goes so well with the beautiful picture you have shared with us today. The colour combination in your picture is very popular in our country on cotton sarees made in different parts of India.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao Anna, congratulations for your 200th post on TN and thanks for all your beautiful photo, lovely Christmas card with nice flowers, excellent clarity, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, Merry Christmas, my friend, ciao Silvio

Dear Anna,
Thank you for this special upload and congratulations on your 200th posting. A very appropriate poem and may you and family also have a blessed Christmas day. With my best wishes.

Hello Anna
An absolutely gorgeous flower in a superb composition. Perfect detail and colours.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
regards yiannis

two events brought together in this superb macro
Congratulations Anna and again Merry Christmas!

Hello Anna,
A breath taking photo to celebrate Christmas and your 200th posting. Congratulations. What a splendid colours! The composition is marvellous. I hope everyone reads your note several times, very beautiful.
I wish you, Loot and your family a Merry Christmas in Peace and Prosperity.
Thanks for your efforts to this site.
Kind regards,

great capture and nice greetings, TFS Ori

Oh Anna!! This is AMAZING! AND my FAVORITE TODAY..your menu ..overview..thoughts..all YEAR ROUND..are precious indeed. We are all so fortunate to have you here!!! You set the standard and bar high!! LOVE IT

***Merry Christmas***
Beautiful presentation,nice composition with vivid colours and very natural.
With regards,

Hallo Anna,
Merry Christmas to you and Loot
this a beautiful Christmas card, the flower is amazing.
Fine natural colours and fine DOF, the subject is well isolated from the BG.
Fine work.

Best Regards

Hello Anna,
Excellent photograph, excellent sharpness, excellent composition, excellent background and lighting.
Merry Christmas to you and family.

hello Anne
You have here a beauty of a flower with great sharpness and beautiful colours
i like this picture
thanks greeting lou

Hello Anna,

You're capturing well this star shaped flowers with yellow color by a good composition and very excellent tone, so it's interesting and impressive to see gorgeous and pretty flower with full-bloom. It's a good gift of Christmas for TN members.

Kind regards,

Hello Anna,
A terrific capture with such fine details, striking colors & sharpness. Very nicely composed and presented with a really attractive POV. Congratulations on your 200th post on TN.

Your theme of peace & goodwill with the nice Christmas poem just tops it all. A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to you & your family! Best wishes!


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  • tree Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 14] (8)
  • [2012-12-25 7:25]
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Merry Christmas Anna,
I love this superb photo. I love the lighting, the composition, POV and the colors. I would like to give you more than the best.

Hello Anna
Merry Christmas.
excellent picture with good clarity and colour.
good composition also.
best wishes,

Hi Anna
Merry Christmas and congratulations on your 200th posting on Trek Nature. In honour of that I went to see some of your earlier postings. Wow, most of your images are amasing. I understand completely why you are reluctant to move away from your Sony cameras. You have shown the vast variety of the nature South Africa has to offer. Your notes are enlighting and educational. I think you have embraced what Trek Nature is all about and portray it very well. You give me the sense that you have a strong love of nature which I admire. All the best to you and yours in 2013. TFS Colin

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-12-25 10:19]

Hallo Anna,
Very elegant Christmas card ..
Great macro of beautiful flower, fantastic colorful BG, fine details, excellent sharpness and splendid colors
Merry Christmas to You and Your Family,

Hello Anna

Merry Christmas also to you and to Loot,
and congratulations to your 200th TN photo.

Beautiful photo of these flowers, with fine POV
to show their petals and warm saturated color tones,
excellent focus, sharpness and details, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-25 12:37]

Hi Anna,nothing better for celebrate....a magnificent pic,great point of view to jump in the heart of these yellow flowers,and spectacular quality of details and colors in the best exposure.I wish you all the best me too and thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Anna,
Merry Christmas an congratulations for You incredible 200th post.
Perfect point of view. Amazing colours. What nice flowers to celebrate they are!
Best regards,

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2012-12-26 9:31]

Hola Anna, que belleza de foto llena de color; me encanta la luz, enfoque y composición. Muchas gracias por sus buenos deseos y por comentar mis trabajo este ańo y le deseo lo mejor para el 2013...saludos.

Hello Anna,

Hope you are doing fine and the Christmas was good, accept a belated Merry Christmas from me and also please accept heartfelt congratulations for this 200th post. This is an amazing flower indeed, for the designs are so touchingly beautiful. It is so appealing to the maximum. Your contributions here on this site are innumerable and your admirers many, count me as an humble one as well and take care with the hope that you and your family members are all fine and the Christmas was good.........warm regards/Abid

* The poem was touching too

Hallo Anna,
FELICITATS per la teva foto 200, és molt bonica, preciosa!!!
Thank you for your words of peace and love to my last photo. I hope you have a happy 2013

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-12-26 23:46]

Hello Anna,
wow...the flowers are simply beautiful. The top view composition makes it more exciting to see. The sharp image and fabulous colours never fail the eyes and add thrills to the beauty of nature and its wonderful subjects.
Great presentation.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-12-27 3:12]

Hello Anna.
Very cute Flowers.Well caught,framed and composed.Clear details,POV and sharpness are also excellent.Congratulations on your 200th post!Regards Siggi

Hallo Anna,
at first congratulations on your 200th post on TN.
Fantastic image.
Thanks, i have appreciated your lovable and appraising words on my post.
I wish you and your family an Happy New Year.
Ciao Maurizio

The color and design of these flowers are beautiful and draw me right in, like a moth to a light and hopefully not a bug zapper. Yellow has been a favorite color of mine for a long time. Very well taken. :)

Amazing flowers and GREAT photo Anna! The composition is excellent! The colours are fantastic! Impressive sharpness too
My best wishes for the New Year

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2012-12-28 1:44]

Hi Anna

I'm too late for a Christmas wish here on the site, but fortunately I had the privilege to do that first hand and not just a cyber-kiss, but a real life one.

Congratulations on your 200th posting. Keep up the good work with the high standard of your images and notes and may you continue to display your love for nature here on the site still for a long time to come.

It is a magnificent image with such lovely bright and contrasting colours. The subjects are well isolated from the BG and show some nice sharp detail. If I remember correctly these were rather tiny flowers, ±12mm in diameter, and that means it is an excellent macro for you to have captured such fine definition.

Warm regards

Hi Anna
Thanks for sharing a bit of spring today. Your flowers are tack sharp and the colours are vivid. The composition and DOF is perfect.
Have a great day.

Hallo Anna
what a beautiful flowery species with splendid colors. Exposure, sharp focus, POV/DOF and composition superb. Thanks for sharing this beauty. I wish you and Loot a happy and healthy year in 2013. All the best

Dear Anna,
As always your photo has an unsurpassed sharpness and wonderful POV.It has also your trademark!When we look at ...wow!...We just think of Anna Eksteen!
Many congrats for your 200th posting!
Happy New Year and God bless you and your beautiful familly during all 2013!
My best regards,

PS: Many thanks for visiting my gallery.I appreciated you lovely comments!

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-12-30 11:15]

Hi Anna,
Beautiful image, one of the best flower photos.
Excellent details,colours and focus.
Congratulations on your nice 200th posting.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao Anna. Magnificent compo like gift for your 2000th. Wonderful light splendid colours.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-01-04 15:10]

Hello Anna,
I'm a tad late on critiquing this breathtaking image, but I've been out of state visiting grandkids since Christmas. I must say this is simply gorgeous, the shape and color of the petals is very unique.

I love the framing and vivid colors while the focus is tac sharp. This is just the perfect photo to brighten up my day. TFS.

Dear Anna,
heartwarming cheerful presentation in pleasantly well saturated colours enhanced by powerful contrast, perfectly chosen to celebrate a special day. My congratulations to your posting # 200, all of them excellent contributions vibrating with good spirits.
With congratulations, and all my best wishes to you!

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