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Crinkled-leaved Poison


Crinkled-leaved Poison
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Copyright: Odile Young (OPYphoto) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 37 W: 4 N: 117] (714)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-08-12
Categories: Flowers
Camera: canon 600D, Canon EF 100 f/2,8 L IS USM Macro
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-12 1:00
Viewed: 1360
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Most species in the Gastrolobium genus contain sodium fluoroacetate in their leaves and seeds which the local native fauna that browse on these plants tolerate. However, non native species such as introduced livestock can actually die of poisoning after eating those plants.
The poison has been synthesised. Called 1080, it is now used in meat baits in the conservation areas of Western Austalia to kill foxes and feral cats, under the 'Western Shield' aerial baiting program. Native predators are much less susceptible to the doses that kill these two introduced pests. WA is one of the very few countries where use of this pesticide is legally allowed because of the low sensitivity of its native animals to the poison. This method is not without opposition from animal welfare activists and dog owners. However, it has helped reduced the impact of foxes in many conservation areas and has enabled a number of native species to recover. Cats are less likely to take the baits and new baiting methods are being investigated.

This particular species is the Crinkled-leaved Poison (Gastrolobium villosum), a common species in the Hills East of Perth.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-12 1:55]

Hello Odile,
The red colour against the dark BG makes the flower standing out great. Well composed, good details and POV.
Regards Sigi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-08-12 2:42]

Hi Odile,very nice decentralized composition to show us this beautiful wild flower,very impressive sharpness and a very bright red too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-08-12 19:20]

Hello Odile,
Such a pretty flowering plant, almost makes it hard to believe it is poisonous. Just goes to show you how looks can be deceiving.
Nicely shown in an attractive vertical presentation. I love the rich colors and the way the petals are backlit just a little. Good exposure in what appears to be some challenging light. Well done!!
Ron

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