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~Acacia Microbotrya~

~Acacia Microbotrya~
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Copyright: Debbie Linkevics (deblink) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 6 N: 363] (1258)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-05
Categories: Flowers, Trees
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-20 20:25
Viewed: 4866
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this image of the Acacia Microbotrya which is indigenous to Western Australia at the Wittunga Conservation Park in South Australia. It is so pretty when it is blooming.


Acacia is a very large genus of mainly trees and shrubs found in many tropical and warm temperate regions, but especially Australia and Africa. Acacias occur naturally in a extraordinary range of habitats form sea level on coastal plains to high subalpine zones and from arid climates to high rainfall regions at the rainforest margin.

The apparent leaves of many acacias are not actually the true leaves. In many species the normally doubly pinnate leaf becomes much reduced and 'disappears' after the seedling stage to be replaced in form and function by phyllodes - flattened stems which appear like and serve the same function as leaves.

The many yellow stamens are the most conspicuous feature of the flowers, varying in shade from bright to very pale. The flowers are borne in clusters or in cylindrical spikes, which look like miniature bottle brushes.

Many species are highly armoured with sharp thorns to protect the foliage from browsing animals in Africa the acacias are commonly referred to as thorn trees. The Latin name Acacia also refers to the thorns being derived from Greek word akis, meaning a sharp point.
The common name wattle came from the early Australian settlers who would build houses using the 'wattle and daub' method. They would use the abundant, pliable Acacia branches to weave the wall which was then covered with mud.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-20 22:52]

Hello Debbie

This should be a floribunda,wow look at all those blooms.I like the crop of the shot and the way you composed it.Very good focus with sharp details.The colours are natural.I have never seen this plant before.TFS


Hello Debbie,
That is a lot of flower!
You capture well the different stages of development, good colours and details...
Subject is well framed, presented in an effective composition!
Pablo -

Hi Deb.
Very lovely. Looks like Wattle. I miss our Aussie plants and trees. this is a beautiful reminder for me of home. Thanks for sharing it.
Regards, Steve.

Hi Deb,
Nice capture of one of our lovely Acacias! Excellent sharpness and details on the flowers and buds and a lovely colour too! Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

Bonita toma por los contrastes y tonos amarillos. Las hojas muy acertadas. La parte izquierda (1/5) mejor borrarla. Muchas gracias por tus comentarios Debbie y saludos desde Espaņa.

Hi Debbie,
What a beautiful and dense floration of this plant!
I like so much the way you filled the frame with all that flowers, their subtle yellow colour makes a very good contrast with the leaves.
A beautiful horizontal composition, without any doubt.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-21 11:03]

It is a beautiful image with nice complimentary colors. Well framed and presented. Very good exposure and excellent results for the lens you used.

Great capture of the abundance of an acacia in bloom. The smooth silvery green leaves contrast nicely with the bright yellow blossoms. Well done.

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