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Happy New Year
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Copyright: Michael Hastriter (devildoc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 57 N: 186] (2851)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-26
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/70 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-01 9:48
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Points: 16
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Couroupita guianensis (Cannon Ball Tree)

Large fruit that has the size and shape of a cannonball. A definite eye catcher, the cannonball fruits grow en masse from stalks surrounding the trunk of the large tree. Go on-line to see these amazing fruits. Unfortunately, I did not photograph them, although they were present at the time I took this blossom.

Description: A large tree, up to 50-75ft tall. Flowers (followed by fruit), grow directly from the trunk. Fruits are soft and very fleshy.

Hardiness: It will only grow in tropical zones and is very susceptible to frost.

Growing Environment: Provide lots of water and humidity for optimal growth.

Propagation: By seeds.

Uses: Fruits are edible and are occasionally eaten, but the smell of the white flesh discourages most people from trying them. On the other hand, the flowers have a wonderful smell and can be used to scent perfumes and cosmetics. The hard shells of the fruit are sometimes used as containers.

Native Range: Native to rainforest of the Guiana's in Northeastern South America.

This beautiful flower was taken in a botanical garden in Honolulu It's unusual blossom matches that of it's "cannon ball" like fruits.

Happy NEW YEARS DAY Everyone!

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Hello Michael
An excellent photo, very good detail, the texture on the petals is nicely seen, good exposure.
A very interesting flower.
Happy New Year!
regards yiannis

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-01-01 11:11]
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Lovely flower, very well recorded. Having the name of the tree would be nice.

Happy 2013!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-01 12:08]

Hello Michael,
Great sharp detailed photo of this fascinating flower in splendid colours.
Best wishes for the new year too.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-01 12:56]

Hi Michael,the top of beauty to celebrate the start of the new year,how is magnificent this specie,i seen that many years ago in a trip bu i don't remember where,fantastic macro whit the best details,colors and exposure.I wish you all the best me too and thanks,Luciano

Hi Mike
This is a very unique fruit. You show in excellrnt fashion with your capture. I like the composition,POF, but I especially like your DOV and the light thats show the natural colour and detail so well.
Thanks for sharing

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-01-01 21:16]

the flower looks really beautiful. good lighting and contrast. tfs.

Hello Michael,
I wish you a prosperous and HAPPY NEW YEAR in 2013!!!
This is a very nice flower. I like the perfect details and the amazing pink colors of this
lovely flower. I am sorry I have no green smiles left!

Hello Michael,
Lovely presentation,nice capture with excellent clarity and details.
Very happy New Year to you and your family.
With regards,

Hello Mick,
another familiar flower from the other side of the globe!
we call it ' NAGALINGAM ' and in Santiniketan we have several trees.
you captured this picture beautifully with perfect sharpness and colour.
best wishes,

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