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As a change from butterflies.....flowers.
2 versions, V1 is my favourite.
This plant's tough sword-shaped leaves grow up to 3m tall, and the rigid flower stalk can grow up to 5m long, towering high above the foliage. The flowers grow in curving tube-like clumps, turning bright red when mature, and produce unusually high quantities of nectar. This accounts for the numerous bees I found visiting the flowers.
The Maoris use its economic fibres to make clothing, baskets, mats, fishing nets, rope, bags, sandals, rigging, roofing, torches and rafts.
Pamela.

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix S9600 Zoom
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:New Zealand Flax
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:5 Mar 2012 - 5:36 PM
Tags:Botanical, Flax, Flowers & plants, Horticulture, Nature, Phormium tenax, Plant
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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 5:39 PM

Beautiful sharp colourful image with interesting narrative.
Alvar

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skewey
skewey  831 forum posts England
5 Mar 2012 - 5:42 PM

Two great captures Pam.

Paul

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franken
franken e2 Member 113026 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 5:45 PM

Both are beautiful!

Ken

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom951 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 5:47 PM

I waited for V2 to appear - I like its simplicity but I think I do prefer V1, for the twisting, turning curves. Wonderful textures,really tactile.
Moira

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 6:25 PM

A striking pair Pamela, I like V1
the best.
Well done Pamela.

B.

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
5 Mar 2012 - 6:26 PM

Two beautiful shots with V1 stealing the honours.

Len

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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
5 Mar 2012 - 6:26 PM

A splendid V1. Cor.

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2012 - 6:29 PM

V1 - Gorgeous capture and delightful light.

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lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 6:39 PM

Two inspired crop's Pam, lovely images with gorgeous colour.

John Smile

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evelen  9 England
5 Mar 2012 - 6:44 PM

two beautiful images and colours and detail.
eve.Smile

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6515 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 7:07 PM

V1 looks almost 3D and leaps from the screen, the colour and clarity against a great foreground is amazing. - gary

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WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41017 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England132 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 7:17 PM

Beautifully lit, Pamela. Clear and detailed capture. Lovely images.

Dave

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 7:18 PM

Both these image are so sharp and have such detail they'll have to share the vote.
Joan.

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85834 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 7:24 PM

Two fine images PJ, of a none to often aired plant

Sharp as a new pin and plenty of depth

Adrian

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4137 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 7:31 PM

For some reason I am only able to visualise V 1, Pamela, and it is a plant with which I am totally unfamiliar although I have heard of it by name: quite an interesting structure it has too, and you have captured this shot of it in fine detail and presented it so nicely.
Ronnie.

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helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 7:35 PM

Both are beautiful - lovely colours Pamela SmileSmile
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Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 8:54 PM

V1 here for me Pamela. This is wonderful photography!!!!!!

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OAKEY  6 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2012 - 9:29 PM

Superbly captured Pamerla, great detail/textures and gorgeous colours too.
Shaun

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SlowSong e2 Member 54168 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 10:08 PM

Absolutely beautiful detail, shapes and colour. Photographed so clearly and crisply. And the understated b/g is perfect.
Chris

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taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 10:21 PM

Excellent processing with these images, so clear and vibrant---useful text! thank you~

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 10:28 PM

Never seen this plant before,stunning detail Pamela,In V,2 is that a small web on the tip,,

Aidan,,

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EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 10:35 PM

Both beautiful with superb colour, tones and details. V1 gets the click from me though.

Ann

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
5 Mar 2012 - 11:03 PM

They seem to make everything from it apart from the kitchen sink Pamela !!
Gorgeous colours.
Super shots.
Mick.

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Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2012 - 3:55 AM

Fabulous colour, a lovely plant........Sandy

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saltireblue Site Moderator 43556 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway23 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2012 - 7:09 AM

Judging from the stalk, that is one robust plant, Pamela.
I too go for v1, it seems more natural an image in all respects for some reason.

Malc

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Briwooly
Briwooly  8452 forum posts England5 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2012 - 2:52 PM

2 great shots Pamela but have to say V1 is superb

Brian..............

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TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2012 - 4:07 PM

Very beautiful, Pamela, and excellently captured - V1's my fave, too Wink
Trev Smile

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6 Mar 2012 - 10:43 PM

When the flax flying you always step up to the plate and deliver Pamela. Two very fine close ups which are so full of colour, detail and interesting shapes

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Shellio  3 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2012 - 5:57 PM

Absolutely stunning, great detail and really stands out against the bg.
Shell

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annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2012 - 7:24 PM

excellent detail and light.

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91885 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2012 - 8:07 PM

Two super images...... V2 is my fav for the composition but both have excellent detail and I like the colours.
Brian.

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brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2012 - 7:40 AM

Stunning work, both are as if painted. Very nice work.
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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2012 - 1:27 PM

I remember these so well from NZ and was always a treat to see them flower
Both of these deserve an award Pamela,
but they will have to share
Lillian

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Billyray
Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2012 - 4:55 PM

Two excellent shots Pamela. Like you I prefer V1. Excellent detail and colour.
Ray

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 6FeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2012 - 5:57 PM

Both superb Pamela, pin sharp and super colours,
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pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
8 Mar 2012 - 8:11 PM

Thankyou all for your votes and lovely comments, it really is encouraging.

Thankyou so much, Lillian, for favouring me with your User Award, it is very kind of you.

Pamela.

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
9 Mar 2012 - 10:16 AM

Oh...my...word.

Both of these are incredible in detail, depth and colour, Pamela. The backgrounds could not be more perfect too.

Shortlisted in a flash. V1 is one of the most beautiful and interesting floral images I have seen on this site.

Today's a good day to be on EPZ...because of this upload Smile

Andrew

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NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Mar 2012 - 12:11 AM

Never one to argue with a lady ,so long as they know their place,i will go with V1 as well.Wink

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PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2012 - 8:04 AM

Wonderful detail and like the lighting. Paul

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12 Apr 2012 - 10:37 PM

Lovely colors and great shot Smile

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
20 Jul 2012 - 11:07 AM

I love coming here and looking at your flowers, you present them so well! it's a joy to see them, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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26 Dec 2012 - 6:08 PM

beautiful.

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