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Wollemia nobilis - The TN Spirit

Wollemia nobilis - The TN Spirit
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Copyright: Laszlo Kaposvari (Hormon_Manyer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-02-01
Categories: Trees
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/8, 1/2000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-02-28 13:48
Viewed: 2205
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Trekkers,

Thank you very much for your worthy comments on my previous post. This time I'd like to share, in the name of the TN motto ("learning from nature through photography"), something extraordinary. The conifer Wollemia nobilis from the family Araucariaceae was discovered in 1994 in NSW, Australia, being the 2nd gymnosperm genus known from fossils first, but found later in the present as living specimens. Please visit the link above for more, useful species infos.

Seems this species loves the mild climate of South-Western Ireland, there are specimens in both arboreta in Cork county (Fota and Blarney), surviving the winters without any protections at all.

Photo was taken in the Fota Arboretum, with using flash and shutter priority exposure mode. PP: moderate cropping, slight level and color adjustment, after re-sizing selective sharpening on the branch and the needles. On the workshop photo you can see (almost) the whole plant.

Thanks for looking and commenting.

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Hello Laszlo,
A nice shot of this (living fossil) plant. Your use of flash allows us to view the leaves unique features in fine detail. The leaves actually remind me of fern fronds, as they don't have the usual leaf appearance.
I like the framing and color although the exposure looks just a tad light on the left side of the leaf, probably due to the angle of light from your flash.
I always find it interesting when they find plants or animals living today which had always been thought to be extinct. This is an example of such a find from 1994. Love your WS image as it shows the entire tree. TFS.
Ps. I tried a WS, to see if I could reduce the exposure a little. Not sure if it actually helps or hinders the overall appearance.

Hello Laszlo,
Very interesting note and image, and so is the whole plant in the workshop. Well done.

Hello Laszlo,
I like your WS picture more.....
Excellent presentation of this Cycas Plant (?) leaf with splendid light and very well detailed.
like blue sky in BG too,
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice start of the Weak,

Bonjour Laszlo,
Une très belle lumière, bien maitrisée, et une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-03-02 15:15]

Hi Laszlo,curious POV and perspective like your last pics and with the use of flash too,a great idea to show us the form of this big leaf,interesting whole plant in the WS too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2015-03-16 13:32]

Hi Laslo,

Great album of Botanical you are, I do only flowers.
Excellent détails and sharpness , the position of the plant is also excellent.
my best regards.
John vantighem

Hello László

Excellent close-up of a part of this plant but after viewing the WS
photo with the whole plant I like much more the one in the WS
because of the POV, the appropriate vertical framing and also
the framing being tight, with great contrast of the color tones, TFS


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