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National Flower of NZ

National Flower of NZ
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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: 2006-10-04
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand native fauna & flora, Wild Flowers II, Flower, National Symbols, Flower(Yellow) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-04 3:26
Viewed: 11520
Points: 48
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Maori Name:- Kowhai
Common Name:- Kowhai, meaning Yellow
Botanical Name:- Sophora microphylla

The Kowhai is the national flower of New Zealand, and no, the Pohutukawa isn't - it comes in second!

When the New Zealand native Kowhai trees flower you know it's springtime. This is NZ’s special flower – the Kowhai, it is pronounced: “KO-FI”. In Maori, the letters “WH” are pronounced as an “F”

Koanga is the Maori word for spring (September to November)
. It includes the word ‘ko’, a digging implement: spring was the time for digging the soil. ‘Take Koanga, whakapiri Ngahuru’ (absent at planting time, close by at harvest) refers to people who disappear during the hard work of planting in spring, but show up when food was abundant at the autumn harvest.

Light spring showers were known as ‘ua kowhai’ or kowhai showers, referring to the September bloom of yellow flowers on the kowhai tree.

Kowhai is famous for its beautiful yellow or golden flowers, which appear in early spring. During spring they bear bright yellow flowers in great profusion. The base of which is filled with nectar a favourite for the nectar feeders Tui, Bellbird, Stitchbird and Kereru (wood pigeon) .

The pods which appear after flowering each contain six or more seeds. Unusual for New Zealand plants, some species of Kowhai are deciduous, losing their tiny, dull green leaves each winter. Some species also pass through a juvenile stage of densely tangled foliage (branches and leaves) for six to ten years before they start to flower, eventually growing into a small tree up to ten metres tall.

They grow to around 10m throughout N.Z., the Chatham Islands and Chile.

Kowhai trees have medicinal properties – used by the Maori people – poultices were made from the bark for applying to wounds and mixed with Manuka was used for treating internal pains.

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To claudine: Right-side-up down-under.Janice 4 10-06 10:36
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Beautiful flower, Janice!
Details and colours are really nice. Well presented with nice note.

perfect DoF and natural lighting...saturation is very oke.....nice pict!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-10-04 3:52]
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Hi Janice!

What a surprise! Kowhai=yellow :-) When I saw this photo I thought - wow, what a yellow-yellow flower :-) Colours and light are lovely, exposure perfect. I like frame also. Thanks for introducing Kowhai to us my friend :-)

Hi Janice,
Superb in all aspects: composition, frame, DoF, colors, and sharpness.

Ben Lakitan

Hi Janice,
Looks like spring has arrived in NZ. This is a beautiful flower and you've captured it perfectly. DOF and exposure are spot on. Love the way you've framed.

I think somebody just started a theme about the National symbols

Hi Janice,
This is really a beautiful shot. I think your composition and framing are perfect here. Nice qualiy light and a spot on exposure have rendered some beautiful colors. Detail is sharp, and your control on the DOF was perfect. Nice OOF backround!

Wow Janice, lovely work!
Perfect light, warm color, and BG.
Very good DOF, sharpness, and composition mf.
And your usual most excellent note :)
Very Well Done!

Hi Janice,
A perfect 10 for this yellow. pov, dof, exposure are great. TFS

  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-10-04 9:55]

Cerrada, me hace recordar mucho a nuestra flor nacional de Argentina Janice, aunque la nuestra es roja y que puedes ver AQUI
Una muy bella imagen con excelente color, gran iluminación y perfecto fondo.
Muy atinado encuadre y composición.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Closed, I make me remember a lot to our national flower of Argentina Janice, although ours is red and that you can see HERE.
A very beautiful image with excellent color, great illumination and perfect background.
Very accurate framing and composition.
Thank you and regards... Ricardo

Hi Janice,
Great capture of this beautiful flower. The colour saturation is perfect. Good composition and exposure. The lighting is excellent in this shot. Well done!

Truly beautiful flowers, Janice. They deserve to be the national flowers of your country.
Well seen and superbly composed image.
The colours are heavenly.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-04 12:05]

Hi Janice,
NZ have made a wise and beautiful option with this flower. Wonderful light, color, details, composition and background.
Best regards, José M.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-10-04 12:49]

Hi Janice,
Excellent photo and very nice vivid colors.Great work.TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-10-04 12:50]

Great rendering of your National Flower, Janice!
Thanks for showing it so well and for the info.
Regards, Ivan

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-10-04 13:23]

Hi Janice,

Beautiful shot, the composition is superb with a excellent POV, the detail is nice and sharp and the colours are lovely, I'm pleased you told ud how to pronounce the name as I would never have got it right.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Janice,
it's a beautiful flower, I never have seen such a bush before - but I never came to New Zealand - very far away from Germany.
So I'm glad that you show us so wonderful typical thinks of your country, realy wonderful, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-04 14:11]

Hello Janice,
Wonderful close up.Colors,details,BG,frame and composition are excellent.
Thanks for sharing this beauty:-)

Bonjour Janice
Une excellente photo en macro de cette belle fleur.Les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo...JP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-04 21:39]

Hello Janice

A beautiful macro.The colours are bold and well saturated.Excellent DOF with a lovely blurred BG.A wonderful composition.TFS


Hi Janice

Congrats Girl! Stunning shot. You have mastered that 30D already. Excellent camera work! :-)

Hi my friend from the other side of the world, where the moon is upside down (Sorry, I still remember that and thinking that it still very funny :)

Hillary (Hill) had a great idea by creating this theme; I find it very interesting!

Your national flower looks very good! I like this POV, details, composition and this bright yellow color! The nice green BG suits them very well. This is a very nice picture and thanks for those usefull notes. À bientôt,

hello janice
the yellow is fantastic, very good picture with a beautiful clearness, well done

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-10-11 20:34]

Hello Janice,
Very nice composition of this national flower. Great note as well. So much I've learnt.
Best greetings,

what bright yellow flowers! nice shot! TFS
Donna :o)

Hi Janice,
I´ve learnt something new today, knowing about the beautiful national flower of New Zealand. A nice and detailed close-up with strong yellow tones. Accompanied with a good note.
My compliments

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