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Kangaroo Paw

Kangaroo Paw
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Copyright: Murray Lines (mlines) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-16
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cybershot
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-16 2:29
Viewed: 4028
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kangaroo Paw is an Australian native plant which grows around half a metre tall. The soft multicoloured flower is a favorite to many nature lovers.

Kangaroo Paw Flowers
The size, flower-stalk height and colour of kangaroo paws flowers varies between the species. Many new forms have also arisen as the result of deliberate hybridisation. The overall colour of the flowers is influenced by fine coloured hairs which cover the flowers and, sometimes, part of the stalk. The flowers appear over spring and summer.

The flowers are pollinated by birds. The long flower-stalks usually rise above the undergrowth and 'advertise' the presence of nectar in the flowers. The stalks also provide a perch for visiting birds.

The shape of the flowers and the position of the pollen-bearing anthers is a feature which allows pollen to be deposited on the head of feeding birds. This pollen is transferred from flower to flower as the birds feed. Different species usually deposit pollen on different areas of the birds' head. This means that pollen from one species is unlikely to be deposited in the flowers of another species.

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Hi Murray,
Interesting native plant and common name for this one..
Well composed with good detail/color, and use of the ambient light..

Hi Murray,

Your note has a lot of information. A good capture of the Kangaroo Paw, I did not see that flower during my trip to Australia. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the flower. The subject is well framed. Have a nice day.


Hi Murray, good shot of the Kangaroo Paw with great side light. The stone behind provides a very excellent background for the shot. Colour is good and you've caught it in fine detail to properly display those "Kangaroo" hairs.

I've seen lots of shots of this plant, but haven't seen one yet for myself, and I see it's close. So if I was to go for a walk around the cove, where should I be looking for this one?

Thanks, John

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-23 10:35]

Hi Murray.
Simply amazing close-up picture with tremendous light effect, amazing colours and terrific sharpness of tall attractive details of the scene. Great low POV and blameless composition. Bravo. Great picture.

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