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Wollemia nobilis - The TN Spirit (14)
Hormon_Manyer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)
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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Hormon_Manyer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)
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Edited by:tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)

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Hormon_Manyer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)
The whole tree
Edited by:Hormon_Manyer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1472 W: 308 N: 2610] (10251)

Almost the whole specimen in the Fota Arboretum.