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NZ Native Tea Tree

NZ Native Tea Tree
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-02
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): New Zealand native fauna & flora [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-05 4:41
Viewed: 4728
Points: 31
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Maori Name:- Manuka, indigenous to New Zealand
Common Name:- Tea Tree
Botanical Name:- Leptospermum scoparium

NEW ZEALAND TEA TREE is the common name in New Zealand for LEPTOSPERMUM SCOPARIUM known in Maori as MANUKA and sometimes includes LEPTOSPERMUM/KUNZIA ERICOIDES known in Maori as KANUKA. The leaves contain LEPTOSPERMONE, an antibiotic agent. It was first called Tea Tree by the expedition of Cook and Banks which identified the plant and established it's use when moored off the Purangi River in Mercury Bay in 1769.

Manuka is one of the most widespread of our native plants. It grows into a shrub or small tree up to a height of 8 metres. The narrow, pointy leaves are prickly and have a nice, sharp perfume when crushed. The grey bark of the slender trunk and branches come away in long strips. Manuka has single small white flowers with a reddish central disc, which generally bloom in spring and summer, but I have seen some plants flowering all this winter an are still going strong. The seed capsules are brown and woody - the seed ripens by late autumn, but stays in the hard capsules until well into the following summer, when they release fine Ďsawdustí like seeds. Occasionally pink and red-flowered Manukas are found as wild plants.

Since I have had my camera repaired Iím not sure if the whites are too overexposed, so I want an honest opinion please. When it was new I had to change the white balance, and I need to know it I have to again. I donít think it is as bad as when I first bought the camera

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To cafecrem: Thanks JoannaJanice 1 10-05 14:58
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Hi Janice

The whites are slightly over exposed, but I also think you may have cropped too much cos it looks a little 'plastic' and the sharpness is not so good. What time of day was it taken?

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-05 6:06]

Wow, Janice! Tea tree? I love tea!. This is most common drink in our country. Nice looking flowers, maybe slightly OE but this is minor nit. Green BG works well, I also like crowded composition. As always Maori name sounds great!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-05 6:15]

Hi Janice,

What a beautiful and perfectly composed picture. Colors are great and details are sharp. Well done & TFS!


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-05 9:08]

Hello janice!
Lovely capture.I liked contrast,BG,cross framing and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Janice, very interesting plant. Colorful photo, good sharpness and details. Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-05 11:21]

This composition with oblic and parallel branches is very pleasant to see. The little flowers are nice. On my screen white are bright but not OE... Congratulations Janice and TFS.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-05 11:48]

Nice one Jancie,
the composition is very nice taken, the pov is good and the colours are good, nice dof, good job,
gr. jaap

Hi Janice,
this is so beautiful, an excellent arangement.
The contrast from white to deep green is pretty. Very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

I love your spring Janice! This must be wonderful to feel sun and smell flowers.
I miss it so much and I hate winter coming to us so fast...

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-10-05 16:32]

HI Janice,
Nice tea tree.
I love these little flowers.
You have done a good job.
I like the diagonal composition.
Great work

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-06 13:37]

Janice, another very beautiful shot with quite an artistic touch.

Excellent and lovely colors; I like the bg too.

A pleasing composition. Great picture.

Hi Janice,
A beautiful composition on a beautiful plant. Wonderful colors and excellent detail. I like the DOF in this one very much.Very interesting information on this plant,

Personal assessment of the photo: good. It reminds me our apple trees at Spring. The petals of the flower at the center seems to me over-exposed and the stalks not enough exposed.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Janice.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-10-08 21:08]

Hello Janice,
What a great image i like your composition, light & colours are beautifull, dof + pov Excellent!
Great work !


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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-10-08 21:40]

Lucky you with the spring now!!! Great composition and contrast. The overexposure of petals is ot really significant. TFS! Michal

Nice shot Janice!
As Pam says the quality isn't perfect, but it's not that bad.
I think there is something great about this shot, it has exceptional mood.

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