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Climbing Bauhinia

Climbing Bauhinia
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Copyright: MY Wong (Seabird) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 184 W: 0 N: 359] (1387)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-09
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC
Exposure: f/3.5
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pictured Symbolic Qualities of Sun [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-13 0:31
Viewed: 4714
Points: 14
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Dear all,

This photo was taken last Saturday near the fence surrounding the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens.

This attracted me because of the interplay between shadow and sunlight, created by layers of these bi-lobed leaves. It is a beauty with a sense of hope, warmth and happiness in my eyes.

I know very little about Hong Kong plants. I have made a search on local climbers. I believe this is in the family of Caesalpiniaceae. The genus is Bauhinia. There are three types of Bauhinia climbers here - Bauhinia championii, Bauhinia corymbosa and Bauhinia glauca.

Without seeing the flowers, it’s difficult to identify them. Looking at the leaves, I believe this is likely to be Bauhinia glauca. Please correct me if I have identified wrongly. Thanks.

But I am sure about one thing: this is certainly not Bauhinia blakeana, which is the emblem of Hong Kong. Bauhinia blakeana was discovered near the seashore at Telegraph Bay on Hong Kong Island in the 19th Century. The species was named Bauhinia blakeana after Sir Henry Blake, governor of Hong Kong from 1898 to 1903, who was a strong supporter of botany.

I hope you’d like this photo. I look forward to any comments and pointers for improvement. Thanks a lot!
Have a nice day!!

Man Yee

From: http://www.hkherbarium.net/herbarium/topics/topic3/climbers.htm
Family: Caesalpiniaceae
Species: Bauhinia glauca
Common name: Climbing Bauhinia
Habits: Woody climber

Leaves alternate, simple, bi-lobed with notched apex and base, margin entire and upper surface come into sight as pink colored.

Flowers are white and blossom in summer. The fruit is a non-bursting pod.

Flowering period: April to June
Fruiting period: July to September

Locality: Commonly found in shrubland and woodland at hillsides.

Distribution: Yunnan, Guihou, Guangxi, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi, and also widely distributed in India, Indochina and Indonesia.

Uses: Medicine.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-13 4:16]
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Hello Man Yee,

Your photo looks realy artistic. I like the reachness of green color tones from your photo. I am impressed by the dinamic range of the photo. Image sharpness is also very good having sharp details even in very lighted and dark parts too.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-13 5:30]

Hello Man Yee!

This is no surprise that this plant drew your attention - it looks really great. Shadow and lightplay made really arty composition. Mysterious mood and very high quality. Good work!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-13 6:50]

Hello Man Yee,
Yes the strong feature of this image is the contrasting play of light with the shadows on these Bauhinia bi-lobed leaves, which you captured with excellent sharpness. I also like the diagonal composition and the contrasting OOF natural BG.

Wonderful shadow play with the sun on this one. You do have a super eye for patter. My daughter-in-law reminds me much of you. Eiko is a graphics artist and owns her own advertising business in Seattle. Sher is married to my 2nd oldest son Chris. together they do a lot of photos as well and many in nature. This is one she would really like. she has a good talent for Oriental perspective having been born and raised in mainland Japan.

Hi My Wong,

Simplicity of element and colour but with creative of POV and direction of light, its look very beautiful.Well doneand TFS.


Hola Man Yee,
Preciosa toma con excelente suave gradación de luz, sencilla y elegante composición, con buena definición, color muy natural, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-08-15 16:05]

This is really excellent. Wonderful lighting, and everything that needs to be sharp is. Gary

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