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Spring is here

Spring is here
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Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 1 N: 636] (3124)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-01
Categories: Flowers
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-01 12:23
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Erythrina lysistemon Hutch

Today is the first of September and that means our Spring has arrived.
I went to the Spinologist yesterday and I’m happy to tell you all I won’t be needing a operation on my back as it is an extremely bad inflammation I have between the pelvic bone and the coccyx due to two very bad falls a had some years ago. He changed my medication and I need to go to fisio therapy but other than that I’m fine. Praise God. Coming back from Tshwane we stayed over in Pholokwane where my youngest daughter lives.
How wonderful it was to wake up this morning with the songs of the birds in a coral tree in her garden. There was a great variety in the tree. The tree was full of its bright stunningly beautiful blossoms and the birds had a field day. I actually only wanted to take photos of the beautiful flowers but got a few with some of the birds. Off course I wished I could just stay there and sit under the tree with my camera but unfortunately it was not possible.

So today I would like to dedicate this photo to all you beautiful people out there.
Enjoy and comments are welcome.

Family: Fabaceae/Leguminosae (Pea & bean family)
Subfamily: Papilionoideae
Common names: common coral tree, lucky bean tree (E), gewone koraalboom, kanniedood (A), umsintsi (X), muvhale (V), mophete (Tsw), mokhungwane (Sotho), umsinsi (Z)
Erythrina lysistemon is a lovely, small to medium-sized, deciduous tree with a spreading crown and brilliant red flowers. It is a handsome tree at any time of the year, and its dazzling flowers have made it one of the best known and widely grown South African trees.
This is a stocky, thickset tree that often branches low down and usually grows up to 10 m in height, occasionally reaching 12 m. The bark is smooth and dark gray to gray-brown and is not thickly corky. Short, hooked prickles are sparsely and randomly scattered on the trunk and branches. The leaves are trifoliolate (compound leaves with 3 leaflets), and each leaflet is large, usually up to 17 x 18 cm. The petiole, rachis and the midrib have hooked prickles on them. The common coral tree blooms in early spring (from August to September) and it produces its flowers before its new leaves or just as the leaves begin to show.
The flowers are a beautiful clear scarlet and are carried in short, dense heads, about 9 cm long, on long, thick stalks. The standard petal (the large uppermost petal) is long and narrow and encloses the other petals and the stamens. The flowers produce abundant nectar that attracts many nectar-feeding birds and insects, which attract the insect-feeding birds as well.
The fruit is a slender, black pod that can be 15 cm long and is sharply constricted between the seeds. The pod splits while still attached to the tree to release bright red 'lucky bean' seeds.
Erythrina lysistemon occurs in a wide range of altitudes and habitats from North West Province, Limpopo (formerly Northern Province), Gauteng, Mpumalanga, through to Swaziland and KwaZulu-Natal, and down to about the Mbashe River Mouth in Eastern Cape. Further north in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Angola it occurs in small pockets. It grows in scrub forest, wooded kloofs, dry woodlands, dry savannah, koppie slopes and coastal dune bush and also in high rainfall areas.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-09-01 13:46]

Hello Natley.
Wonderful capture.Vivid colors,POV,contrast and composition are very nice.Best regards Siggi

Hi Natley, What a very nice picture to celebrate our first day of spring, with this lovely colourful Common Coral Tree, yes indeed a splendid gesture for your thoughtful Dedication, I sincerely hope you get better soon Natley,
Best wishes to you and your family,


Hello Natley,
Very nice picture to celebrate the start of spring, beautiful colours, good lighting and nice details, thank you for the dedication and hope you get better very soon,
Have a good night,
Best Regards,

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  • ricx Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 43] (241)
  • [2011-09-01 14:09]

Hi Natley, congratulations on not needing an operation.. never an easy thing and could have so many complications, secondly congrats on SPRING - it is such a lovely season.. I remember the Coral tree and the Lucky beans.. My favourite place in seeing them was in Pilgrims as you climbed the Long Tom Pass on the way to Lydenberg.. It brings back very special memories.. I have now lived in the UK for over ten years and have now coverted into a regte Pom.. although we are having a braai and Pap n sous on Saturday.. It is now our official Autumn. Autumn here lasts alot longer - and towards October we have some wonderful autumnal colours well thats all for now and keep on posting memories..


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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-09-01 15:45]

Dear Natley!
Nice to hear from you again! Good to know that you will not need an operation!It is wonderful!!! And I think that these vivid flowers are happy for you! Nice shot and so delicate dedication! You are adorable, Natley! Your note, also make me dream about Africa...Africa of my dreams...So, many thanks for sharing your lovely time with us.
Big hug!

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

Hello, Good morning.
Splendid colour of spring! nice shot, very well composed.
in our area, the flowering season is March-April.

Wonderfull photo, good detail and colours. Nice contrast between the sky and the flowers. regards yiannis

Beautiful photo Natley! The colours are fantastic

Fantastic colour of spring, very well composed and Nice contrast between the sky and the flowers.

Hallo Natley
Glad to hear that although you are in pain your condition is not to serious. Thanks for sharing the flowers of this lovely tree as part of Springday. We have one of these in our garden too and the birds have a ball of a time in it. The colour of the flowers are truly beautiful, warm and inviting. I personally like the warmer weather and cannot wait for it to be in full swing. I have now also changed cameras and although it is also a Sony I still have to get used to it. It is the Sony CyberShot DSC-HX1 (20x Optical zoom)
Have a great day and get well soon. Love. Anna

Hello Natley . great image and great shot. All the best, Paolo

Bonjour Natley,
Très belle évocation du printemps austral ; merci pour le partage.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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