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New Zealand's Christmas Tree

New Zealand's Christmas Tree
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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: 2008-12-28
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-09 16:32
Viewed: 5919
Points: 37
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is our New Zealand Christmas Tree:

Metrosideros excelsa
Pohutukawa [po-hoo-ta-car-wa]
Pohutukawa (Maori) ‘drenched with mist’ or ‘splashed by spray’.

Commonly known as "The New Zealand Christmas Tree", because around Christmas-time it smothers itself with masses of brilliant crimson to deep blood-red flowers. Pohutukawa flowers appear to be composed only of red stamens, giving them their distinctive brush-like look.

Pohutukawa trees are a coastal tree; they thrive near the sea, easily withstanding strong winds, salt spray and drought and are rarely found inland unless planted. The tree hardly ever grows straight and is more likely to have many short trunks with tortuous branches. Usually found growing on cliffs with the branches sometimes reaching in the water (occasionally even found with oysters growing on the branches) and the great roots spread along the cliff-face above.

The blossoms don’t always appear at the same time, so as one tree stops flowering others are beginning to open. In a really good season we can have a colourful display for around 6-8 weeks.

This photo was taken at Murrays Bay beach, where I live. We had a wonderful red display from them this year, and most of them have finished flowering. But some trees are only just coming to an end of their flowering now.

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To manyee: Pohutukawas in SFJanice 1 01-11 01:29
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Hi Janice,
Excellent capture of this New Zealand's Christmas Tree, nice plant and beautiful florwers!!!
TFS. Best regards.

Hello Janice,
Wow shot of red flowers!nice pic.TFS.

Hello Janice

This is strikingly beautiful.
It reminds me a bit of the fibre optic decorations available these days.
A very exotic looking flower for a guy like me in the frozen wilderness of Ontario.
Lovely bright colours that are well saturated.
Excellent POV and DOF.
Nicely composed in the frame.


Hello Janice,
Welcome back:-)
Colourful Christmas Tree and an extraordinary one due to the crimson.
Happy New Year by the way...:-)

I like the composition, the DOF is good the colours are nice and bright, lovely sharp photo. Note is helpful.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-09 22:25]

Hallo janice,

The flowers you have photographed are very nice. You are showing them in a good, sharp image rendering well the details of the plant. As you have chosen a good DOF the whole flower can be well seen. There are nice colors and a fine contrast between the red of the petals and the green and brown of the tree.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-09 22:35]

A superb shot Janice, beautifully composed.

The POV, colours and sharpness allow us to delight in the striking flowers of the NZ Christmas Tree.
Thank you for that!

What a lovely pair of uniquely beautiful flowers native to your country, Janice!
I am amazed to see them growing on short and stubby branchs from the stem of the tree.
The deep red colour is very eye-catching and attractive.
Thanks for this unique picture and best regards.
Also wishing you a belated Happy New Year!

Hello Janice
it's an interesting composition with beautiful red flowers, very particular. Fine details, wonderful vivid colors and great sharpness.

Ciao Janice, lovely red flowers with splendid focus, fine details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-10 2:19]

Hi Janice,
What a nice flower.Vivid colors,use of backlight,framing and visual impact are beautiful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-10 3:56]

Hello Janice,
What a brilliant capture of the Christmas tree flowers popping out of the trunk of the tree!! Great sharpness, lovely light and beautiful colours against a fine soft background. Very nicely composed too.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hi janice,
Nicely composed, great POV & BG..
Very good details, light, and colors.
A pleasure to view, the New Zealand Christmas tree bloom is beautiful up close & personal :)

hello janice
great colours
nice composition and sharpness
greeting lou

Fantastic color of flowers!

Great information and a well presented documentary image.

The red flowers looks a lot like a common desert wildflower found throughout the southwest of the USA called a "fairy duster". I should look up the scientific name, but that is to much work ;)

A picture of one is here:

Of course a good shot but also an informational image as well...I was not aware or if so had forgotten. Very nicely done...Your summer is 1 month old:-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-01-10 17:26]
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Hi janice,
Do you know that we have one of those New Zealand Christmas Trees planted right in front of our house? The city had decided that that was a most handsome and hardy tree to plant along the streets in our community. We love them.
Now that you have posted this image, I will think of you everytime I see it. : )
A very sharp and well composed picture. A very cheerful bloom indeed. TFS : )

Bonjour Janice,
Très belle publication bien éclairée et bien composée dans un cadrage parfait permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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