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Reach for the Sky

Reach for the Sky
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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: 2006-07-11
Categories: Trees
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P8
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-11 4:20
Viewed: 4566
Points: 14
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Smith’s Bush

Today I visited Smith’s Bush, about 8 kms from home, a reserve of a rare remnant of mature native forest. There is a 40-minute nature trail through this native bush that leads past a cathedral grove of giant Puriri trees. Many Kahikatea and Totara trees feature there as well as Mahoe, Karamu, Cabbage trees, Lacebark, Taraire, Kohekohe and Karaka, as well as other small shrubs. And ferns too!!

What is strange about this bush is that it does not have a Maori name, and there are no Kauri trees. Kauri have been planted there, but none have survived. Also there are no Pohutukawa. The sea would have almost lapped the margin of this forest in the past, but there is no evidence of coastal influence in the vegetation, and no Pohutukawa, which is found just about everywhere else on the coast around here.

The most conspicuous tree now is the feathery grey-green Kahikatea “White Pine” (dacrycarpus dacrydioides) . These wondrous trees have established themselves over the last 100 years or so more readily than other podocarps (Rimu, Matai, and Miro) and grown up so straight and tall, reaching for the sky.

The oldest trees are giant Puriri (Vitex lucens) , and many form the Cathedral Cove. Puriri are large spreading trees. The branches can become so large and heavy that they slowly fall to ground level, where they can often grow new roots.

I used my Sony today as I decided I needed to blow the dust off it!!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2006-07-11 4:33]

Hi Janice!

Very Polish view :-) Blue sky and silhouettes of trees. Look like Polish pines. I almost smell it. Very nice, 'to heaven' POV, good to see old Sony in good shape :-) I like it.
Today will be hottest day so far - they said in news. Yesterday I saw 45C again :-)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-11 4:55]

Hello Janice,
Very nice capture.I liked framing,details,visual impact,composition and especially POV a lot.Have a great day!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-11 5:20]
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Hi Janice,
Great POV and nicely framed with the central point of focus off-centre. Amazing patterns in the treetops. Great note too, it sounds a really interesting place. I definitely have to get to NZ at some point, probably to coincide with some Rugby :-) Great post.

Hello Janice,
this is a very nice capture. Composition is great and good colours too. A good one, very well done. TFS.

Hi Janice,
Very interesting pov. These trees are really reaching for the sky. TFS

Hi Janice,
Interesting perspective, giving a good sense of the height of the puriri trees. The sky makes a nice backdrop of course..

Hi Janice,
I love the composition! Nice colors and silhouettes.. A pleasing change in POV and perspective. Well done!

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