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Heart of fire...

Heart of fire...
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-29
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 200, Hoya UV-Guard (77mm)
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-06-08 15:57
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 60
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Leucospermum species

It belongs to the "Fynbos". Fynbos means fine bush in Afrikaans and describes the fine- or small-leaved shrublands of south-western South Africa. More explicitly, fynbos refers to evergreen, hard-leaved plants that grow in poor soil.

Fynbos forms a large part of the Cape Floral Region. The dominant fynbos families are the Restio (reeds), Erica and Protea families. These flowers belongs to the later.

Fynbos is a diverse vegetation that includes several different sub-types. It occurs in several narrow bands around the south-western tip of Africa. It breaks up into scattered chains to as far north as Malawi. These discontinuous patches are known as Afromontane fynbos.

Wherever fynbos is found, it always grows in acidic (ph4,4 or less), coarse-grained soils that are poor in nutrients, especially nitrogen. It rarely occurs where the annual rainfall exceedes 400mm pa.

What makes it so special?
It consitutes 70% of the 9000 species of flowering plants in the Cape Floral Region. It has one of the highest levels of endemism (restricted to an area) in the world. This means that the majority of these plants are found nowhere else on earth!

I will update the fynbos series later when I have time. Hope you like it.

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very wonderfull macro

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  • tjasa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 84] (602)
  • [2006-06-08 16:02]

Hey Gerhard!
Beautiful catch of this very interesting plant.
Excellent details, great red collour, sharpness and POV!

Well done and TFS!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-08 16:06]

Hello Gerhard,
this plant is wonderful and so nicley captured. I love the 3D look to this, excellent POV and grat background which really shows of the details very well. Excellent sharpness und the colors are amazing. A beautiful composition.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-06-08 17:03]

Hello again Gerhard :-)

One more time you offer us a fantastic picture ! The flower looks like a wonderful architecture work and your pov and composition render it very well to us! The title you gave to that flower is very well deserved too: Heart of fire! Congratulations and TFS!


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-08 17:04]

Hi Gerhard,
Wonderful flower very well presented. Details, color, composition and BG are simply fine!
TFS, José M.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-06-08 17:38]

What a magnificent flower, I love its shape and color very much. Excellent details, composition, POV and BG. When I look at this I can say that Nature is still the most gifted of all artists, and I'm glad that you showed us one of her numerous masterpieces. Very well done !

Hi Gerhard
Very nice flower, good colors and frame.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-08 18:31]

Hi Gerhard
Wow, what a lovely 'protea' you have captured here and presented in magnificent fashion. The impact and the beauty of this “Heart of Fire” is guaranteed to touch the heart of everyone who sees it.
The POV of this vertical composition is a splendid compliment to the flower and I like how the plant leans into the photo from the bottom right hand corner to deliver its treasure on the 2/3 horizontal axis. The colours are absolutely stunning, the DOF rendered amazing sharp details, the BG is superb and it enhances the flower spectacularly, and the exposure/lighting was perfectly managed.
Very well done my friend and TFS.

A very beautiful capture Gerhard.
Love the colors and the details and the POV and bg are very good.
Excellent composition and framing.

Wonderful detail Gerhard. The colour is pretty awesome too. A really great photo. Janice

Hi Gerhard,
Perfect isolation of this beautiful plant. The quality of light is superb! You have captured every bit of color and detail in this unique plant. Print it, matte it, frame it, and hang this one up!

This photo looks so clear and sharp I think I can reach out an touch it, pick it right off the computer screen. Wow..I'm very impressed, color and lighting is perfect. How wonderful Gerhard, excellent work.

Gerhard, these Leucospermum are always so beautiful and I've always wanted one of these plants. They grow well by the coast too but we have more than 400ml a year - oh well!!
Super capture of the flower, the colours and lighting are superb. It is a very good composition too, well done,

Hi Gerhard,
this is a beautiful flower from Fynbos, I wish I could visit Fynbos in the real life but that will only be a dream.
The DOF and details are very good, the shallow DOF helps the flower to standout nicely from the BG. Well composed and good POV.
Excellent work, my friend.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-09 2:10]

Woooooow ! SMART and BEAUTIFUL ! I like very much this strange flower. Composition, colors, exposure, BG, DOF and sharpness are very good. I also appreciate the complementary note...
Bravo Gerhard and thanks for sharing this beauty.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-06-09 4:02]

Gerhardt bonjour, c'est une fleur extraordinaire que vous avez photographié là!! Composition and sharpness are perfect, I like the BG too and colors that blend well. Best regards, Didier.

Hi Gerhard

Wow... beautiful shapes and textures in this shot. Perfectly composed. Awesome quality and lovely to view. Thanks.


Another well detailed pic you have here. The Sharpness, detail of subject, DOF, BG, POV, Composition and Lighting are all great. TFS,

This is very nice Gerhard,
Lovely color and light, with perfect DOF, isolating your "heart of fire" very nicely in the frame..Nicely composed, an excellent BG that compliments, and sharp detail.
Very well done.

Divine image, Gerhard.
I love the shape and colour of this unique flower from SA.
Thanks for sharing it.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-09 14:25]

Hello Gerhard,
Magnificent capture.This beautiful plant is new to me.POV,vivid colors,simple BG,3D effect,lighting and composition are excellent.

what incredible shot!
hi Mario

Hi Gerhard,
fascinating endemite plant, marvellous presentation.
The spotlights on the many petals create an amazingly three dimensional impression, and a beautiful distant dark background of unsaturated red hues adds a pleasantly soft and noble appearance to the image.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hallo Gerhard,

Hierdie is 'n baie mooi foto. Die komposisie is perfect, die agtergrond perfek uit fokus. Die onderwerp is mooi skerp en in fokus. Goed gedoen.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-06-13 11:15]

I like this Gerhard.
It reminds me a word: aspiration.
Many little flames candidates to grow.
A photo which helps me to grow. Sometimes my heart becomes a Pincushion.
Can an iSangoma cures himself? No need to answer my friend, I know he cant. He needs another iSangoma better than him.
I will stay in touch until I die and still longer if I discover how.

Hello again,
This is great too. I love the colours of the plant and it's shape, especially the red "wires". The brown BG looks lovely and the quality is perfect.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-13 21:14]

Hi Gerahrd, this is a very nice shot. I love the details and the colour. It's a winning composition too. Very well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-06-14 14:27]

Great picture Gerhard. Very sharp details and marvelous colors. Well composed, good dof and pov. Well done & TFS!


Ps-How are you doing?

Both amazing and beautiful at the same time. This gorgeous flower is one of the most interesting ones I've seen to date. Thanks for sharing this nicely exposed image. :)

Vow, never see something like that!!! Perfect!!

Wonderful image; very colorful flower; depicted very sharp and well exposed as well.

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