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Firstly, a big thankyou to John (alsoppdigitalart), Robin (graceland) and Christine (ChristineD) for their very welcome and encouraging User Awards on my pink Rhododendron Trio.

Some more rhododendrons, this time belonging to my neighbour. The round clusters tend to be dark at the bottom, so I used my flash.

When I worked for the Forestry Commission in the New Forest, the wild rhododendrons were being removed, much to the astonishment of many who enjoyed the ornamental trails and displays of these enormous clusters of mauve flowers. The reason was that they were a non-native and invasive species that needed to be controlled, but the FC did appreciate the social impact of clearance operations from locations regularly visited by groups to view the rhododendrons in flower.
Alien Species, Friend or Foe? Sad But True.
Few people who visit Britain's countryside when Rhododendron ponticum is in flower can comprehend the damage that has been caused to our native flora and fauna by this exotic Victorian introduction. The plant is responsible for the destruction of many native habitats throughout the British Isles and the reason for this is simple. Where conditions are suitable, it will out compete most native plants and will grow to many times the height of a person, allowing very little light to penetrate through its thick leaf canopy, effectively eliminating other competing native plant species which are unable to grow due to insufficient light. This in turn leads to the consequent loss of associated native animals.
Although the flowers are attractive, rhododendron has few other attributes that offset the negative impact it can have on a site that it invades.
The plant is notoriously difficult and expensive to actually kill. Areas can be restored but reinfestation must be prevented.
I discovered a book called "The Attack of the Killer Rhododendrons, My Obsessive Quest to Seek Out Alien Species"!!!

Pamela.

Camera:Fujifilm FinePix HS20EXR
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:6mm
Aperture:f/4
Shutter Speed:1/45sec
Exposure Comp:-0.7step
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:AP
Metering Mode:average
Flash:yes
White Balance:auto
Title:Dual Clusters
Username:pamelajean pamelajean
Uploaded:23 Sep 2012 - 3:05 PM
Tags:Dendron, Digitally manipulated, Ericaceae, Ericaceous, Ericales, Eudicots, Flowers & plants, Rhodos, Rose, Tree
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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 739 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2012 - 3:11 PM

Super clarity and detail, exposure spot on.

Best Matt

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digital_boi
23 Sep 2012 - 3:11 PM

fine fine work a pleasure to view

Graham

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2012 - 3:18 PM

Oooh, that was quick, thankyou so much Graham for your kind User Award.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2012 - 3:25 PM

A very beautiful imge, Pamela. Carol

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Badgerfred
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23 Sep 2012 - 3:30 PM

Excellent work Pamela, a beautiful image,
Fred.

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Ade_Osman
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23 Sep 2012 - 3:34 PM

Good work as always Pamela......Hope you were watching the cams last night, if not you missed a real treat with Mr Fox visiting the garden about 00:30 Tongue

Ade

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TrevBatWCC
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23 Sep 2012 - 3:35 PM

A stunning quality capture, Pamela, gorgeous! Wink
Trev Smile

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fentiger
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23 Sep 2012 - 3:41 PM

As ever Pamela the quality of your work is most impressive.

Albert

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Niknut
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23 Sep 2012 - 3:41 PM

Beautiful !!....gorgeous quality !!!

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32925 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2012 - 3:44 PM

A vey informative pre-narrative supported by what can only be described as a vision of outstanding beauty.

Regards Nathan

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2012 - 3:47 PM

A very beautiful shot and presentation of this floral cluster, Pamela, the graduated b/g so nice.
I agree about the effect of rhododendrons on our native species although I have seen spring time images from Glen Etive where they abound in certain areas and they do make a wonderful sight.
But they are pervasive and crowd out our native species: now Himalayan Balsam is doing the same to our river banks and drainage ditches.
Ronnie.

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jaktis
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23 Sep 2012 - 3:52 PM

Stunning

Peter

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SlowSong
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23 Sep 2012 - 4:08 PM

So beautifully, perfectly clear and bright against that lovely graduated background.
x

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41029 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2012 - 4:09 PM

Oozes quality again, Pamela. I remember reading about the problem back in the 70s as part of my college course.

Dave

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Lillian
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23 Sep 2012 - 4:09 PM

Perfect in every way...always the highest quality images from you Pamela
and this certainly is a winner
Lillian

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franken
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23 Sep 2012 - 4:16 PM

A beautiful image Pamela.

Ken

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helenlinda
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23 Sep 2012 - 4:16 PM

Such an innocent looking flower !!!
Beautifully captured and very informative write up Pamela SmileSmile
Helen

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CaroleS
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23 Sep 2012 - 4:23 PM

Lovely detail and light, love the background too.
Carole

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Glostopcat
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23 Sep 2012 - 4:51 PM

What beautiful blooms Pamela, the colours and presentation are fabulous and your write up most informative as always. I remember clearing rhododendrons when I worked for the National Trust as a gardener at Plas Newydd Estate near Bangor in North Wales back in 1995 after completing my A Levels. They were a real menace in the woodland there as they prevented many of our native species from being able to grow properly.

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23 Sep 2012 - 4:56 PM

Glowingly beautiful image, Pamela.

Ann

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23 Sep 2012 - 5:11 PM

Wonderfully vibrant Pamela and I love your shaded background (graded shaded, I mean - you get my drift anyway)! Smile
Ann

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23 Sep 2012 - 5:22 PM

Absolutely perfect.
Moira

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morpheus1955
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23 Sep 2012 - 6:21 PM

Fantastic shot Pamela, fabulous colours and excellent detail. Thank you so much for the info on my image yesterday, it is very much appreciated.

Hugh

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saltireblue
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23 Sep 2012 - 7:16 PM

Beautifully done, Pamela. Spot on exposure, focus and composition. Can't fault it.

I remember a place, and I can't for the life of me remember the name, out past Hythe, on the road to Lepe, or that area where there were gardens open to the public to see the rhododendrons every spring when they bloomed - the place was 'famous' locally. We took Mum there every year...she loved the place.

Malc

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EMJAYCEE
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23 Sep 2012 - 7:47 PM

Realise what problem these cause but you have given us a beautiful study with exquisite detail and colour.
Joan.

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2012 - 7:48 PM

Fantastic capture Pamela
Jim

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23 Sep 2012 - 8:08 PM

A really beautiful image Pamela. Lovely colours.

Jane

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bricurtis
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23 Sep 2012 - 8:15 PM

Another beautiful floral image Pamela. Superb detail in the petals.
Brian.

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netta1234
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23 Sep 2012 - 9:14 PM

SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileBeautiful image
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23 Sep 2012 - 9:20 PM

Very beautiful image with wonderful light and clarity..

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fificat100
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23 Sep 2012 - 10:08 PM

PERFECTION - don't need to say more! SmileSmileSmile
Lavina

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Gerryrys
Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2012 - 10:45 AM

I drove along the 'ornamental drives' in the NF last week with someone who has never been there before and had to explain why they were named thus. Strangely the area still seems as annoyingly busy without the 'rhodies'.

It's an excellent image Pamela in every aspect. Smile

Gerry

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JohnChambersPhotography

Very fine work done to a high degree which comes with your work Pamela, top class image.

John

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2012 - 3:36 PM

LAVINA: Thankyou so much for favouring my image with your User Award.

It appears that some of you are personally aware of the problems caused by the wild rhododendrons, a sad but apparently necessary operation.

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
24 Sep 2012 - 5:08 PM

Yes a lovely flower but can become vast and become dense; they had diggers removing some on a local estate and burnt them! still you have presented these with your usual flair of artistic talent! awards well deserved sorry I can't give you one as well, Lovely, regards Leon.

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mikbee
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25 Sep 2012 - 12:27 AM

Another interesting write up Pamela.
I never thought of flowers as ''difficult to kill'' !!
So well coloured this one.
Super shot.
Mick.

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BarbaraR
BarbaraR  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Sep 2012 - 4:02 PM

How beautiful, couldn't be better !
Very well done Pamela.

A glorious flower .. in the right location.

B.

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
25 Sep 2012 - 7:00 PM

As always, the work of the highest class!Smile
In answer to your question, Pamela: no, it's not a sparrow, this bird is called Dunnock

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
25 Sep 2012 - 7:10 PM

I'm sorry but I was wrong: it is the Red-backed_Shrike (female) Here's the address: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-backed_Shrike

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Billyray
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26 Sep 2012 - 3:34 PM

WOW Pamela, this is magnificent large. The screen is filled with glorious colour. The detail is superb and its one of the best flower shots on EPZ. SORRY, but I have already used my award for this week for this would certainly have received it.
Ray

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Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 8:31 AM


Quote: A very beautiful shot and presentation of this floral cluster, Pamela, the graduated b/g so nice.
I agree about the effect of rhododendrons on our native species although I have seen spring time images from Glen Etive where they abound in certain areas and they do make a wonderful sight.
But they are pervasive and crowd out our native species: now Himalayan Balsam is doing the same to our river banks and drainage ditches.
Ronnie.

Summed up to a 'T' great shot and write up

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evelen
evelen  9 England
27 Sep 2012 - 6:17 PM

a beautiful flower shot wonderful colour and detail and presentation.
eve.Smile

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 9:34 PM

What a beautiful 'handpainted' flower.. How could I miss this!
I think when creation dreamt up this flower it was inspired by a projection of stellar constellations.

Stunning - in your own special way.

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 3sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2012 - 10:31 PM

Stunning image Pam,beautiful colour and lovely presentation..Lin

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Mavis
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5 Oct 2012 - 12:43 PM

A very beautiful flower & a great write-up Pamela xxx

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