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|I am practicing with this shot, as I have a loan of a friend’s camera – a Nikon D70. What can I say?? I love it and I don’t know how I can give it back. Maybe she won’t notice the difference if I swap my Sony for the Nikon…|
This plant is growing on a cliff by a walkway to our beach, along with many other native and imported plants. None have been planted – they just grow.
Maori name: Kiokio.
Other names: Gully Fern. Palm-leaf fern.
True Ferns (Polypodiophyta)
Ferns are one of the most diverse group of living land plants; it's estimated that there are 11,000 species in 300 genus. Ferns are typically found in moist forested areas although some hardy species can be found in coastal, urban, and even in desert locations. They vary in form and size. Some aquatic ferns have fronds less then 25 mm, where as tree ferns can grow to 10 meters in height, with fronds as long as 3 meters. With many smaller plants the stem is underground, and the fronds being the only visible parts. New Zealand has around 164 different fern species many of which are widespread.
The Kiokio (Blechnum novae-zelandiae) is a New Zealand native fern, a common species bearing oval fertile and sterile fronds. The pinnae / tips of the fertile fronds are very fine, being much reduced in width. This species is very widespread, especially along roadsides, stream edges, and in scrub and swamps, as well as alongside tracks in the bush. An easy fern to cultivate, tolerating a wide range of conditions, but doing best in light shade and moist soils.
One of three species formerly know as Blechnum Capense, Blechnum Novae-Zealandiae is one of the most widely distributed species of ferns in New Zealand – growing abundantly on clay banks along roadsides and rivers. The long cascading fronds (can grow up to up to 2m long and 50cm wide) are a bright pink colour when new, and turn light green and then darker green as they mature. It will tolerate almost any conditions – although the fronds can be much smaller if in full sun.
This Blechnum fern is a very common one; in fact, it is almost like a weed in some areas. It is quite attractive when it has pink tinges to the new fronds in the spring. However, if you ever have to push your way through patch of it, you might not think it is such a nice fern as the fronds have a harsh feel to them.
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Keep the camera Janice.
Great sharpness with good details, very nice colours and composition.
Very well done.
Happy New Year.
- [2004-12-31 8:23]
As I said Janice - life after Nikon never will be the same :-) Great photographer and suitable Nikon and we have superb picture. One of your best!
All best to you Janice in 2005!!!
Great shot, that's what I call sharp.
Happy new year
Sharpness, colors and DOF are just fantastic. Great pic Janice.
Happy New Year!
Very beautiful picture. Wonderful colours, sharpness and composition.
All the best, Janice, and happy new year!
- [2005-01-01 2:19]
This is a stunning composition! You and the Nikon make a great team! I have some advice - dont loan equipment better than your own from anybody, it causes endless suffering when you have to give it back!
The sharpness and detail here is excellent
Well done and thanks for posting
- [2005-01-01 10:52]
Nice one this, the diagonal works very well. the textrure here is great and the black BG makes the leaf stand out well. It is especially good that the centre stem? of the fern does nor "grow" out of the top, left corner, but that it is slightly below the corner, This is good parctice an enhances the impact and composition!
to sharp..?:)--->bugs / Exelent shot / grat!!!
- [2005-04-09 16:45]
Janice, this is very nice. Excellent composition, sharpness and pov.
Congratulations. An artistic shot.