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Wollemi Pine, Two Million Years Old

Wollemi Pine, Two Million Years Old
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-16
Categories: Trees
Camera: Olympus C-50 Zoom
Exposure: f/8, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-17 11:52
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Common Name - Wollemi Pine
Scientific Name - Wollemia nobilis
Family - Araucariaceae

Not a great image but the story is spectacular and amazing. The Wollemi was thought extinct millions of years ago. Only fossil records indicated it ever existed. In 1994 it was discovered growing in a remote Australian location.

The age of the Wollemi goes back over 200 million years with the oldest known fossil being 90 million years old.

The Wollemi Pine is being propagated and sold, the money raised goes toward the conservation of this endangered species.

I found this gorgeous specimen at a Horticultural Trade Show and found out you can buy the Wollemi at selected Garden Centres. Never, did I think I would touch a living Wollemi Pine.

For more interesting facts check out the website about this ancient pine.


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Hello Janice
As you say its not the best picture but it really does highlight a fascinating fact through your notes...I thank you for sharing this.
Best regards

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-17 13:32]

Hello Janice, this is quite a story and if ever I come accross one in a garden centre, I sure will grow one. Incredible when you know how things get a proper interest. Thank you for your note and the picture!


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-17 14:47]

Hello Janice,
Great subject matter, the needles look rather flat and broad. I remembering here about these when they were first found, thanks for bringing them to life for me.

Hi Janice.
Thats what it's all about, loving nature to the fact that we learn all the time.
Good on you for taking the image and showing us because I for one know nothing of the wollemi pine and have not heard of it. Great notes to go with your image.

My friend Janice,
very nice to see your posting again!
good pov in perfect exposure and focus in this shot
excellent clarity, natural colour and details
very well done

Hi Janice
Like they say you learn some thing new every day. Thank you for sharing this very interesting not.
And its nice to see a new post from you.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-11-19 7:10]

This is very interestin. Thanks for the amazing info and beautiful shot.

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  • Norte Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 32 W: 0 N: 45] (184)
  • [2007-11-19 12:37]

An interesting story, but the photo was also good.
Sharp and good colors and shows us the object in a good way.
Jon :)

hello janice
bien vu cette image simple mais de bonne composition, parfaite luminosité, couleurs tres nettes, bravo et merci a toi

excuses je reviens demain)

Hello Janice,
A fine close-up showing this remarkable tree!
Interesting story, nicely illustrated by this fine image...
Well composed, sharp fine details and vivid colours!
Pablo -

Hey Janice, this is neat. I thought these were only in Australia. Kind of like Vegemite I guess. The Auzzies are finding ways to export them so the natives can feel at home anywhere in the world. These have gone from near extinct to being somewhat prolific. They are now in every Botanical Garden in every city here, and of course people can buy them. I'm glad to see you can buy them in Canada. Maybe when I come back I too will keep one of the memories alive with one of these.

Nothing wrong with your image. If you intended this shot as a documentary (and I think you did) then it is perfect, with perfect clarity and colour, and great notes.

Thanks, John

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-12-15 22:02]

Hi Janice. Good to see you also have this old timer! They certainly are good to look and and their history is just incredible. The same species is now being sold locally. Excellent clarity & colour. TFS. Murray.

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