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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-29
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-05 7:15
Viewed: 2138
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Heliconia is a genus of about 100 to 200 species of flowering plants native to the tropical Americas and the Pacific Ocean islands west to Indonesia. Common names for the genus include lobster-claws, wild plantains or false bird-of-paradise. The last term refers to their close similarity to the bird-of-paradise flowers (Strelitzia). Collectively, these plants are also simply referred to as heliconias.

It is the sole genus of the family Heliconiaceae, but was formerly included in the family Musaceae. The APG system of 1998, and its successor, the APG II system of 2003, confirms the Heliconiaceae as distinct and places them in the order Zingiberales, in the commelinid clade of monocots.

The leaves of these plants are 15-300 cm long, oblong, growing opposite one another on non-woody petioles often longer than the leaf, often forming large clumps with age. Their flowers are produced on long, erect or drooping panicles, and consist of brightly colored waxy bracts, with small true flowers peeping out from the bracts. The growth habit of heliconias is similar to Canna, Strelitzia, and bananas, to which they are related.

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Boa tarde foozi
I like very much tis flower...we have lot in Madeira Island.
IT have a good on focus we can see well the texture...the contrast with the good blur of bg gives a great visual effect.
Um abraço

This is a wonderful flower I always love to see when I visit Asia. You captured it with brilliant colours and warm light. Also a nice crop to show the interesting details of this big plant.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Foozi,

Lovely flower. You would imagine a staircase...Great colours against a very good neutral background. Nice details.

Hi Foozi,

A great macro as well as an artistic shot from a beautiful plant! The insect running in/on the left branch of the plant, is a clear bonus!!

The color contrast between the orange colored beauty and the dark blurry BG, is superb. The sharpness and POV are well chosen. Great work overall!

Best regards,

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 25 N: 122] (555)
  • [2010-05-06 23:29]

Hi Foozi,

What an eye-catching macro! It's almost as though the flowers are lit from within themselves. The BG you've provided is very artistic. I can't help but wonder what those tiny objects are on the plant. Are they a small ant species? Very attractive and colourful composition, in any case. TFS.


Hi my dear friend
What a nice capture and interesting plant
Amazing clarity, details and colors
Thanks for sharing

Astonishingly awesome macro capture of this Heliconia taken from a wonderful vantage point MF Foozi! Good use of the shallow DOF and available light to get this such clear and sharp image. The colours look nice and eye-catching too MF!
TFS and have a nice weekend!


Hello Foozi.
This is beautiful! I like the composition and the shot is sharp with excellent DOF.
Very well done and thanks for posting.
Best regards Siegfried

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-05-08 22:41]

Hi Foozi,
great composition.Beautiful harmony of the colours.Perfect light.I liked green BG so much.TFS.Necla.

Muito boa a definição da imagem, Foozi. As cores estão bem saturadas, a luz está boa e a nitidez, ótima. Muito bom o foco, assim como a textura. Parabéns e obrigado por compartilhar.


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