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A Little Taste of Heaven

A Little Taste of Heaven
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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: 2005-06-28
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand native fauna & flora, New Zealand ferns, Janice's FerNZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-29 3:57
Viewed: 3687
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

Here is a very tiny taste of the bush at the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, 16,000 hectares, in the west of Auckland. There are plenty of native temperate rainforests and bushes, and 250km of walking and tramping tracks. There is something for everyone to do here. Walking, Tramping, Picnicking, Swimming and donít forget Photography.

I advise that you visit the Arataki Visitor Centre, just 10 mins out of Titirangi on Scenic Drive. Here you can find out information to make your visit to the Park more interesting and worthwhile. As well, you can enjoy the nice views from the decks there to take photos similar to this one.

If visiting Auckland, just take your camera and walking boots with you. In the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park you will find about 150 walks and tracks, some easy, some difficult, short and long, all along the coastline and through native bush past waterfalls, kauri trees, and more bush. . .

It offers a number of recreational opportunities such as swimming, surfing, caving, canyoning, tramping, fishing, boat launching, horse riding, running, walking, picnicking, sightseeing, relaxing, and organised activities, and many camera shots.


red45, Signal-Womb, AndyB, JeanMichel, Comandante, LordPotty, Paulosousa, liquidsunshine, dew77, wallhalla15, Luc, hummingbird24, extramundi has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To liquidsunshine: NZJanice 1 06-30 01:18
To malgosia: All is wellJanice 1 06-29 16:24
To LordPotty: No workshopJanice 1 06-29 16:15
To Signal-Womb: Thanks StephenJanice 1 06-29 06:30
To AndyB: Thanks AndyJanice 1 06-29 06:29
To ornis: Thanks Jean MichelJanice 1 06-29 06:25
To cafecrem: DUCKJanice 1 06-29 06:20
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-29 4:22]
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Oh yes! It looks like movie from Amazonia shot from airplane! Very refreshing picture Janice. I like diversification of plants - so many different colours and shapes. It must be superb place to walk with [or without ;-)] camera. Great post!

ps. it arrived yesterday, thank you Janice!!! more in email :-)

Thats a very dense forest Janice, great variety of vegetation and trees. Id be tempted to venture in myself. Nice capture, great note. Well done.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-29 5:11]
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A great shot Janice.
I'd love to be able to go there someday and see this for myself.
I like the POV,it looks like you were quite high above.It looks like the land of the dinosaurs!
A great note too.


What a density! Your shot seems to summarize very well the NZ forest here (at least I guess, I've unfortunately only heard about). It's a difficult shot, due to such a rich colors and contrasts patchwork and what seems to be harsh light conditions. The result is really good, Janice.

Hi Janice!
I'm still looking at your amazing landscapes from NZ and I'm dreaming about holydays. It must be wonderful to see that day by day!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-29 6:31]

Hi Janice,

This look absolutely great!! I just love all the different shades of green. I reminds me a lot of my trip to Yucatan/Mecixo in 2001. My gf and I visited a lot of Mayan temples and most offered a view over the rainforest after you'd climbed them. Well done & TFS!


Hello Janice!
Wonderful post,wonderful note and excellent work.Thanks for sharing.

Hi Janice.
Not an easy shot to take.You'd think so,but with the bright sun and the distance all sorts of funny things can happen.This one looked just a touch blurry so I have sharpened it a little,and just marginally reduced the glare.The change is very subtle,but you can see it in the fern fronds especially.
Its a few weeks since I've seen Rewarewa Janice.None of those down here.Theres more than enough to compensate for it though.

hello:) heaven:D it sounds great:D great trees and great green colour:) beauty shot:) so peaceful and so calm:D really I admire it:)



ps I hope that everything is ok with you. :)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-29 18:01]

Janice, a simple and effective shot.

Very nice shades of green and a lovely composition.

Beautiful view Janice,
Myself and Lisa are discussing our holiday plans...and this has just put some doubt in my mind about our choices.
OK, NZ is on the list too!
Thanks for posting

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-30 2:20]

Hello Janice!
Wonderful landscape.This place should be paradise for nature photographers.TFS...:-)

Hey Janice, what i see: the green hell of new zealand? It looks like from amazonia or the dschungel from malaysia. Great!!!!
Very interesting plant. Colorful photo, good sharpness and details.
Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-07-01 2:07]

Hello Janice
Personal assessment of the photo: great title for an excellent photo.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

What a lush beautiful scene, you can really get the "wilderness" feeling here I imagine. I love all those fern/palm like trees too, very different than all the evergreens we have here. Well done Janice.

The mixture between the tropical rain forest and the temperate climate vegetation really offer you an unique landscape and one of the most interesting flora in the world. As Andy says, I would love to see this with my eyes some day. Nice to see like this in the meantime, thanks for sharing.

How many green colours have you got on one picture? So soft, so beautiful! Very good picture!

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