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Endangered Species

Endangered Species
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-23
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro
Exposure: f/19, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-04 4:32
Viewed: 3271
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Carrington Falls Grevillea (Grevillea rivularis), an endangered species that has one of the most restricted distributions of any Australian plant. In fact the entire population of around 1500 plants is known from an area a couple of kilometres square near the top of Carrington Falls.
This is one of the “toothbrush” grevilleas whose inflorescence may have over 20 individual flowers arrange along a stem so that they resemble a toothbrush. They produce copious amounts of nectar that attracts honey-eating birds that act as pollinators. Many insects such as the ants seen here are also attracted. Flowers are produced most of the year with a profusion during spring.
This grevillea is a compact prickly shrub that grows to 2 metres high with a spread of up to 3 metres. They grow in grey sandy alluvium on sandstone along drainage lines leading into the Kangaroo River.
The plants are protected within Budderoo National Park and although there are several other grevillea species nearby, none look anything like this species and no theories have been offered on how this species evolved to reside in such a restricted habitat. Additionally, the habitat in which it lives is not uncommon in the surrounding area.
A beautiful yet mysterious species, hope you like it.

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Hi Chris
this is a truly amazing plant. Presentation just perfect with great note.
happy to learn so much here!

Stunning shot of this Grevillia Chris.
Beautiful subtle colours and very fine detail.
The little ants are clearly visible there.
Great note too.
Well done.

Hello Chris,
A beautiful flower,that's look like a toothbrush.Nice shot.

Hi Chris,
Fine specimen image of this unusual flower.
Great focus detail, POV, DOF, color, and light.

Hi Chris,
This plant looks weird, but beautiful rounding shape. I hope this plants are protected very well.
Beautiful colours and BG, delicate details and sharpness, fine exposure and well composed, your note is also great.
TFS and best wishes,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-04 11:53]

Hello Chris,
Another interesting capture from you, this time of a beautiful rare Grevillea. The shape of the flowers is fascinating and the colour beautiful. Excellent presentation, very sharp and I like the colour of the soft background.
Where is Carrington Falls??
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-04 19:29]

Hello Chris

Just marking the post


Hi Chris,
A beautiful flower. Sorry to no it is at the level of extinction. Nicely captured with very fine details and POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-10-05 12:06]

Hello Chris, so sad to see beautiful life like that going. That's a great shot of that magnificent plant, great composition and all technical bits are perfect. Thanks,


Hi Chris,
An outstanding colorful capture of the beautiful bloom. Very well done.


beautiful close up, TFS Ori

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