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Bird Of Paradise

Bird Of Paradise
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Copyright: Nilesh Bhange (indianeye) (71)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-20
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon 400D Digital, Canon Macro Lens EF-S 60mm
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-23 1:47
Viewed: 3830
Points: 4
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This flower is known as " Bird Of Paradise".
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Plant Storiesingridshaul 1 12-23 04:53
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Dear Nilesh,

I have in my garden these flowers, and they are called Strelitzia.

As peer Wikipedia,it is is a genus of five species of perennial plants, native to South Africa. The genus is named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, birthplace of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom. A common name of the genus is bird of paradise flower, because of a supposed resemblance of its flowers to the bird of paradise. In South Africa it is commonly known as a crane flower.

The species S. nicolai is the largest in the genus, reaching 10 m tall, with stately white and blue flowers;[2] the other species typically reach 2 to 3.5 m tall, except S. caudata which is a tree of a typically smaller size than S. nicolai. The leaves are large, 30–200 cm long and 10–80 cm broad, similar to a banana leaf in appearance but with a longer petiole, and arranged strictly in two ranks to form a fan-like crown of evergreen foliage. The flowers are produced in a horizontal inflorescence emerging from a stout spathe. They are pollinated by sunbirds, which use the spathe as a perch when visiting the flowers; the weight of the bird on the spathe opens it to release the pollen onto the bird's feet, which is then deposited on the next flower it visits.

To be honest - I am not sure - where it is ORIGINALLY from i.e. your country or mine?

Your perfect focus shows the secretion from the flower running down - and I have frequently been tempted to taste it...

I am glad you left the colours natural and did not photoshop them. The pastel background emphasises the brilliant colours of this popular flower.

I notice, you joined only recently TrekNature and hope you will enjoy this site as much as I do.

This image is good work - and I am looking forward to see more of your work on TrekNature.

May I suggest - next time - you add a few more details to your Photographer's notes.

Kind regards

Bonjour Nilesh,
La composition est bonne et le sujet est bien valorisé malgré un très léger manque de profondeur de champ.
Un commentaire moins succint aurait permis d'apprécier davantage cette originale publication.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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