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Ferns of NZ - Repetition for Scav Hunt

Ferns of NZ - Repetition for Scav Hunt
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-21
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Artwork
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Tamron AF28-300 XR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-21 4:18
Viewed: 2112
Points: 17
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Repetitions for the Scavenger Hunt


This is our New Zealand Silver fern. You can see few small bits of white bottom right – they are the underside of the leaves – the silver sides showing as the wind was blowing them.

Ferns are everywhere in our New Zealand bush.

Fern "leaves" are referred to as fronds.
In the spring, fern fronds emerge from the trunk of the Tree Ferns in a special way.

They first begin to emerge and uncurl, and look like a snail's shell, and at this stage they are called croziers.
The process of croziers uncurling and expanding to form fronds is really fascinating to watch.
Usually it takes several weeks for the expansion of a crozier into a frond to be completed. You can see 4 of them here opening at different stages in this image.

On tree ferns such as this one, the fronds are held at the top of the plant in a spreading manner.
They form by uncurling from the crown in the centre, which is at the top of the trunk.
The frond bases, where they join the top of the trunk, are called stipes.

The crown might be considered the most important part of the plant, since that is where all the leaf growth comes from. If it is destroyed, no more croziers will emerge from it, and the rest of the plant will eventually die.

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Good composition of a very special plant

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2006-10-21 6:10]

Wooow Janice,

What a shot, I love your fern shots, they are always excellent POV, composition and sharpness... :)


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2006-10-21 8:14]

Hi Janice

I like the off centre placement of the 3 dark fern frond stems, breaking the repetiitive pattern. Good sharpness & tfs!

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  • sebcz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 172 W: 31 N: 60] (869)
  • [2006-10-21 10:24]

Hi Janice!
What a whole lot of green! I like the idea - fine entry for the Hunt.

Hi Janice,
it's perfect for this theme - and I also love this gigantic fern. So fresh colours and excellent sharpness. I also like to see the fresh ones, still in such a pretty spiral.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Janice, I just love ferns and this photo is superb! I like how the ferns circle the "violin's head" Good crop and lovely greens!

Well done and seen! Yan :)

Hi Janice,

This a great fern photo but what adds great impact is those brown/spiral shapes! Nice vivid colours & sharpness!

Well done

Great compo, Janice. Maybe good for 'wind,' too in the hunt, :)

beautiful janice...I like the sharpnes,s colourbalance.. and effect of the crosiers central..TFS Meagan

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2006-10-22 8:04]
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Lots of repetitions indeed, Janice. Fits the theme perfectly. But I find it hard to focus on something here, IMO the shot lacks detail on the leaves. It looks a bit oversharpened too... I'd have gone for less plants, I guess.
Sorry to be so picky, but hey, you know me...

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