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Best Wishes For The Festive Season

Best Wishes For The Festive Season
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-08
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): flower(red) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-24 1:58
Viewed: 4695
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone on Treknature.

New Zealand Christmas Tree
The traditional colours of the festive season are green and red and the best example of this that I know of in the plant kingdom is the Pohutukawa [po-hoo-ta-car-wa] from the North Island of New Zealand. Every December this evergreen tree obligingly clothes itself with masses of bright red flowers. The flowers remind me a little of our own bottlebrush flowers composed as they are of a mass of long stamens.

The Pohutukawa is Metrosideros excelsa and is one of many in a genus represented throughout New Zealand ranging from forest giants and vigorous climbers to small shrubs. Metrosideros is from the Greek and means ironwood alluding to the hardness of the timber and excelsa is Latin and means tall or high. The name Pohutukawa is a Maori word meaning ‘drenched with mist’.

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Hi Pam,
This is a great Christmas image because of the seasonal red and green colours. Really sharp and well composed.
Well Done and Merry Christmas,
Nick :-)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-24 3:10]

Hi Pam,
Thank you and......Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you too.
Outstanding shot of this red flower and green leaves symbolising the colours of Christmas. This also happens to be NZ's Christmas Tree, wow...great. Lovely colours and sharp details with perfect lighting and exposure. I like your top POV and the marvellous composition. Kudos.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2007-12-24 7:13]

Hi Pam,

Excellent example for the Season's color it is. Beautiful picture, too.

Season's greetings!


Hi Pam,
sorry I have been gone so long. A lot of catching up to do. A superb shot for a Christmas greeting. Vibrant colors, and the clarity and detail are superb. Well done my friend!

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-28 2:05]

Hi Pam, a wonderful Christmas card, very festive and shot it good light with vibrant colours. All nice and sharp. Its dull as dishwater in London. Hope you had a great Christmas and best wishes for a happy new year.

Hello Pam,
Great to see you still having fun on TN :-)

Have a fabulous New Year and keep the great work coming!


Beautiful Christmas card Pam!
Hope your Christmas was grand and your New Year is filled with happiness mf :)

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