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Pohutukawa - NZ Christmas tree

Pohutukawa - NZ Christmas tree
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Copyright: Ho Tony (gracious) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1987 W: 0 N: 3151] (13068)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-19
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/2.7, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-21 9:23
Viewed: 6863
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello to all my TN friends,
I remembered I had said that want to share when our "Pohutukawa" commonly known as NZ Christmas tree turning red with flowers in the Summer time! Here it is with some trees start to turn to full red down at the Te Haruhi bay in the Shakespear Regional Park, Whangaparaoa.
I am taking this opportunity to wish all my friends who celebrate this festive season with Merry Christmas and a Happy coming New Year!
Hope you like the image and many thanks for you time!
Wishing you well!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-21 9:29]

Hi Tony . This is a beautiful seascape. With the colourful trees. I sould love to be there right now. Bright colours and wonderful light. well done TFS.

Have a very happy christmas and New year.

Ciao Tony,
un altro bellissimo paesaggio marino con questo albero natalizio della NZ, certo molto diverso dal nostro simbolico albero natalizio europeo; splendido primo piano degli alberi dai colori intensi e con il contrasto delle zone d'ombra, ottima nitidezza, bellissima luminosità. Ricambio gli auguiri di Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-21 10:11]

Hello Tony,
superb seascape picture with excelent color tones and sharpness. Superb presentation.
Well done. Merry Christmas

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-21 11:16]

Hi Tony,
Magnificent landscape.POV,details,colors,exposure and framing are wonderful.Excellent work!
Have happy christmas and New year too!
Thanks for posting.

Hello Tony, wonderful landscape and NZ x-mas tree shot.
i also wish you happy x-mass.
TFS and regards,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-21 12:23]

Helo Tony,
What a wonderful sight at Christmas!! I envy you the lovely warm weather that you're now enjoying down there! Excellent capture with the trees framing the shore and the rocky coastline. Great DOF and wonderful light and colours.
Many thanks and I wish you a Merry Christmas too, Ulla

Dear Tony,
a great pleasure to see the clear colours and powerful contrasts in the strong sunlight of summer that you are enjoying now! You make me feel the hot sun, make me wish to splash into the blue sea, and seek shelter from the heat in the dense shadow of those christmas trees with their fabulous red blossoms. A very well composed image of that invitingly silent and obviously even pleacefully lonesome beautiful place. You are a great ambassador of New Zealand's islands, showing us their never ending beauties and evoking our strong desire to be there.
With thanks for all those marvellous landscapes coming from you over the year, and all my best wishes to you and your family for a joyful christmas and a happy New Year!

Hello Tony, perfect scene shot of this beautiful tree with nice DOF/POV and composition.
TFS and greetings,

merhaba Tony, my dear friend
where are you, my eyes looked for your great shots recently. Very nice place and shot furnished with Christmas trees. red flowers great for composition. nicely composed underf nice light.
I wish you and your family Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Ciao Tony, thanks for this splendid couple of Christmas tree, lovely composition with wonderful colors and great light, again Merry Christmas and Happy new year, ciao Silvio

hello Tony

beautiful 3 shot one 1 : Landscape, Seascape and Tree,
with fine POV and DOF, i love to see the sea and the clouds
of the background, excellent « againts daylight » (contre-jour)
effects of the trees, TFS


Hello Tony

The colours are terrific,excellent light and exposure.
Well composed ,the POV and DOF are wonderful.
The red really is striking against the blue sky.
I would love to just sit under that tree and watch the sea.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-12-22 0:54]

Hola amigo,
precioso disparo,
bello escenario y encuadre...
perfecta presentación,
saludos Tony.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-22 5:46]

Hello Ho, beautiful place isnt. Perfect to settle down after retirement. Superb shot Ganesh

That's right my Friend TONY,

It was a promise and this is your answer. ---- THANKS for sharing---- As you know, I like this kind of image very much and this in particular. I sould love to be there right now (-:
The light is almost perfect. The colors are so bright. This is a perfect 3 in one 1 shot : Landscape, Seascape and Tree.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


hello Ho

Wonderful Xmas tree with such nice colors and just in time for the season. Very lovely view of the blue sea and beach.

How appropriate to find this scenery just a few days before Xmas!

tfs, bill

Hi Tony,
Amazingly clear and sharp image, the red colour is bright and vivid, while the sky gives a great background. Great scene that it brings back my summer memories.
i also wish you a happy comming NY my dear friend!

Hi Tony,
This is a very beautiful species of a tree. I can imagine that you guys consider this the Christmass tree. The red flower are very atractive to the eye.
I like your composition with a perfect placement of the tree and the horizon. The eye really takes a journey into the photo. Considering the time of the day, you controlled the exposure very good. But I can't seem to wonder how it would have looked like had you taken it in the early morning or late afternoon. I think that shaded areas in the tree would have looked better.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-23 5:32]

Hi Tony,
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year! Those trees look great with their flowers. I like the colors and contrast here. TFS
All the best,

  • matatur Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1054 W: 245 N: 1626] (5312)
  • [2008-12-23 5:43]

A beautiful naturscape with such fine looking trees Tony, would like to be able to sleep under one of them some day! You do live in a heavenly place my friend.
Izmir'den selamlar, sevgiler...

Ooops, no smileys, sorry my friend!

Veo que te habías tomado unas vacaciones fotográficas. De nuevo nos presentas un bello trabajo con la curiosidad añadida de ese árbol Navideño. Mucho realismo en la luz y los colores.
Te deseo también unas buenas fiestas, si es posible en compañía de todos los tuyos.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-23 14:46]

Hi Tony,
a lovely colourful shot.
Very good clarity.
Excellent composition.

Well done,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-12-23 18:43]

Hello Tony,
Very beautiful scene, indeed is Christmas just look at all those
colors! Great POV and composition.. Well done


Hi Tony,
well this photo is warming and in stark contrast to the way things are here where I live.I wish I could be in this photo for even just a day but alas I can't.I am amazed by how a photo of a landscape taken at f/2.7 can give such great looking field of depth and it does!Great colour and sharp focus as well as a well chosen point of view makes this a wonderful image.Thanks for sharing and all the best to you and yours during this holiday season. Bob

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-24 14:29]

Hi Tony

It is a beautiful tree and it is a lovely festive red. Have a wonderful xmas


Thank you for the good wishes Tony. This is indeed a festive looking tree decorated in red. I hope you are enjoying a pleasant holiday season also and 2009 will be full of more great photo ops for all of us!

Evelynn : )

Dear Tony!

Many thanks for your wishes and congratulations for this beautiful and outstanding picture. I also would like to thank you for your fidelity and hope that the next year will be full of deep and good emotions. May all your dreams come true...

Kind regards


Hi Tony,
Nice tree, nice flowers, nice landscape, nice image. :) I wish You happy new year, too, MF. Tfs and regards, László

Hello Tony,
Devasağ bir ağaç ve harika çiçekler ve sahille buluşmasıda ayrı bir güzellik,
Çok beğendim,
En güzel dileklerimle.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-03 4:24]

Hi, dear friend.
My kind wishes to you and you natives in 2009. Thanks for your amazing shots and comments in 2008. I hope your pictures in this year will be so great as this shot. All is the best. Lights and shadows, rich colours and razor sharpness of the fine trees, rocks, sea and sky. Bravo and all the best.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-03 5:34]

Dear Tony
Summer must be getting to its best in your part of the world. I can see it coming through in your photograohs from the current season and this is a really nice capture of the "Pohutukawa" with its flaming flowers. I like the framing and PoV you have used ...the bright blue sky and deep blue waters and dropping little cliff make a nice BG.Very well done again.

TFS for this beauty and wishes for a healthy and peaceful 2009.

Hi Tony,

The flower of Pohutukawa kinda like our rambutans here :-)
Very good, excellent sharp image with the big trees balances well in this pristine landscape. The light and shadow blended well against the sea and blue sky. Simply beautiful.

Best regards,

Hi Tony,
A nice capture of these beautiful trees and the scenery. Very well composed and well presented. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-07 15:16]

Hello Tony !
Wow, these trees with white flowers are truly amazing, so beautiful ! I also like the vivid and summery colors of your picture, and it is also very nicely composed, with the sea and the cliffs in the BG. You are really living in a wonderful country. Very well done !

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