Good volcanic mulch
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Meaning "blood red sky"
This is the 16th in a series on Rangitoto, Auckland’s newest volcano.
The regeneration on the volcanic island of Rangitoto is amazing. From the lava there are now areas of lush forest and all this in just 600 years since the eruption!
Despite the rugged terrain, and daytime temperatures which may reach 50 degrees Celsius on the open rockfields, the most delicate plants can grow, but only in the shade. There are some 100 recorded species of mosses and liverworts, more usually lovers of damp places. There are more than 40 species of ferns; and some 20 different native orchids which find a niche in the shade, some on the trunks of trees, others growing from pockets of humus. A visit in late spring can provide a happy field of search for plant enthusiasts particularly in areas adjacent to the wharves.
From a botanical point of view, Rangitoto is amazing. The island is only 600 years old, so you can still see the progression of vegetation taking place. There are all kinds of primitive ferns and in December the lava rock landscape blooms red with pohutukawa flowers. Now in February the red blooms have disappeared and the trees are now all green.
This fern frond opening up in an open space about ¼ of the way down from the summit captured me. This area was quite spaciously free of much growth. There were some large trees growing nearby, but I’m not sure what they were – definitely not Pohutukawas. There were quite a few young ferns also growing in the area. I have placed a photo in Workshop showing this place. You can notice how steep the ground is too.
Make – SONY Model - DSC-P8
DateTime - 2005:02:22 11:34:05
ExifOffset - 256
ExposureTime - 10/500 seconds
FNumber - 2.80
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
MaxApertureValue - F 2.83
LightSource - Daylight
Flash - Not fired
FocalLength - 6.00 mm
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- [2005-03-12 3:52]
Very, very nice Janice! Your fern shots are always great. The green colors stands out beautifully against the brownish (back)ground. I like it a lot. TFS!
Very nice shot.Green on dead leaves looks great.
Rich in details.
Focus perfect. Colors divine.
- [2005-03-12 6:26]
Attractive green!BG and composition very good.Interesting notes from Rangitoto Island...TFS
Nice capture Janice, the plant is coming out very well.
- [2005-03-12 12:10]
Your picture is like promise of spring Janice! Great, fresh green and composition. Perfect for brown BG. I like it, especially today when snow falls and falls and falls......
Very nice picture Janice! I love ferns, we have got one in pot which grows nice ;-) I miss times when ferns was in our forests.
Best regards to you, I'm waiting for summer e-mail from you :-)
Nice shot Janice. Nice color and detail. I took a photo of new ferns starting out of a crack in the lava while I was in Hawaii. It is amazing how they can grow in such harsh conditions.
- [2005-03-13 6:17]
Très intéressant et joliment photographie.
Very nice and interesting capture Janice. I like this one because of teh brownish background and the green leaf. A little soft in the focus but it looks good here. Nice composition but I think you could crop out about half of the empty space in the top - IMO.
- [2005-03-18 11:49]
Janice, I like the contrast here.
A nice capture. Well spotted indeed.