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strelitzia

By CarolG  
Strelitzia, more commonly known as the bird of paradise, is one of the most striking flowers to be found on the island. The leaves are large, 30-200 cm long and 10-80 cm broad, similar to a banana leaf in appearance. The flowers are pollinated by sunbirds, which use the spathe as a perch when visiting the flowers; the weight of the bird on the spathe opens it to release the pollen onto the bird's feet, which is then deposited on the next flower it visits.

Tags: General Plant Flower Close-up Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Bird of paradise Strelitzia

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Comments


GrahamNobles 8 9 4 England
14 Dec 2008 6:06AM
Quite stunning Carol. Well lit, well framed, well taken!
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14 Dec 2008 6:33AM
Lovely exposure, detail and colour.
David
14 Dec 2008 6:45AM
Very Good Detail
DolphinLady 10 54 1 Wales
14 Dec 2008 6:51AM
This is a wonderful image Carol.
Beautiful colours, fantastic detail & presentation.
Makes me think I must get back to my flower shots now I'm feeling so much better....
Hilary
mick183 7 7 5 South Africa
14 Dec 2008 6:58AM
Beautiful image Carol: the colours are lovely. I have some strelitzias in my garden but none are in flower at the moment.
Chris

BTW Many thanks for viewing and commenting on many of my pics.
exposure 12 3.6k England
14 Dec 2008 7:03AM
Beautiful light and detail Carol true tones and composition, Mine now looks like a ragbag as its gone over(*.*)
Pauline.
challicew 8 1 1 South Africa
14 Dec 2008 7:06AM
Beautiful image, truly lovely
iancam 7 23 England
14 Dec 2008 7:22AM
Carol this is stunning, super detail and colour
Ian
VIKI 10 18 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 7:48AM
Beautiful Carol....
14 Dec 2008 7:58AM
WOW Carol, this is really beautiful...great colors...
Dimitre
jonathanbp 8 99 Thailand
14 Dec 2008 8:02AM
I love strelizias, used to have them in my garden when I lived in South Africa. Great image - Jonathan
KarenFB Plus
10 4.6k 167 England
14 Dec 2008 8:12AM
What an amazing flower! I love the way you've presented it, and being back lit really brings out the gorgeous colours.
JudeC 9 6 3 England
14 Dec 2008 8:51AM
Lovely - looks just like an exotic bird - Jude.
Koert 8 36 Netherlands
14 Dec 2008 8:56AM
beautiful!
DOGSBODY 7 1.4k 30 England
14 Dec 2008 9:00AM
A lovely picture. Nice work. Andy
Ray42 8 3 England
14 Dec 2008 9:03AM
Nice shot - good lighting and detail and nicely presented
14 Dec 2008 9:04AM
wonderful shot Carol
joze 9 Slovenia
14 Dec 2008 9:05AM
For me anusual flower. nice presentation.
Rgds.Joze
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
14 Dec 2008 9:28AM
gorgeous
cjl47 8 4 3 England
14 Dec 2008 9:53AM
A most beautiful bloom, superbly presented.
chris
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
14 Dec 2008 9:54AM
Beautiful lighting
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
14 Dec 2008 9:57AM
pleased to be no 30.looks good against the black BG.lesley
videotec 8 8 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 10:37AM
It looks like a bird of Paradise--Beautifully presented shot--nice one Carol
Pete
pamelajean Plus
10 958 1818 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 11:20AM
One of my favourites, and you've really done it proud here.
GalleryGirl 8 4 2 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 11:24AM
Smashing - one of my favourite tropical flowers. Beautiful and exotic. Fab shot and background.
Marilyn xx
madbob 10 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 11:30AM
frame and flower spot on
BURNSIE 7 25 4 England
14 Dec 2008 11:33AM
Very good, the light, the focus, the comp.
Great image
Burnsie
14 Dec 2008 11:37AM
Exotic beautifully taken and great to see. Gillian
piccy 10 8 Wales
14 Dec 2008 11:38AM
Beautiful flowers, never knew that. So lucky to have them growing over there.
freda
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
14 Dec 2008 11:54AM
I remember the first time I saw one of these, in Virginia. I nearly went off the road....had to turn around and come back to see if I was imagining things! What a beauty.
Do they grow wild there?
14 Dec 2008 12:18PM
Lovely picture, great composition.
Chris
14 Dec 2008 12:22PM
Such exotic flowers and one of my favourites. You have captured it's beauty with excellent lighting and detail.
jennifer
mrswoolybill Plus
9 927 1463 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 1:06PM
Wild, exotic and dangerous-looking!
Moira
14 Dec 2008 1:29PM
This is my favourite flower and haven't seen one since Australia. Thanks for the memory. Sylvia
m3lem 10 England
14 Dec 2008 1:40PM
Sooooo beautiful, what lovely colour and detail you have captured. Simply stunning
Andrea x
Stevekriti 8 18 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 1:42PM
wonderful colours and form Carol,--and a nature lesson too!
Love the framing.Steve
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 2:14PM
Beautiful image with lovely lighting detail and colours Carol,
merry xmas
Yung
Bob_V 8 1 2 United States
14 Dec 2008 2:34PM
What a superb capture, such wonderful light and color, so well done Carol.
Bob
Artois 10 405 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 3:17PM
Good colour and detail. Looks like a bird about to eat!
Stella
astyag 9 12
14 Dec 2008 3:19PM
Bird of paradise... Beautiful
Astyag
RTDS 7 Cyprus
14 Dec 2008 3:26PM
EXcellent capture,awsome details and lovely colours.
Well done Carol.
Robert
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 4:04PM
superb I remember travelling some years ago and saw these at the airport being transported home for other travelling public - lovely flower great shot
Portknockie 11 48 Scotland
14 Dec 2008 4:11PM
This is stunning..

Don
Bodiewil 8 46 Wales
14 Dec 2008 5:12PM
Purely magic image Carol. colours and symmetry are spot on
14 Dec 2008 5:25PM
well done Carol,EXELLENT compo,colours,EXCELLENT everyting
14 Dec 2008 5:34PM
Beautiful image, colours are amazing.
Christine
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
14 Dec 2008 5:36PM
One of your best Carol.

Albert
PattiW 10 24 2 United States
14 Dec 2008 5:46PM
Too stunning for words!
14 Dec 2008 5:50PM
Lovely study.
goso 9 2 1 Australia
14 Dec 2008 6:44PM
A ripper Carol.......Bill
nickyv32 9 135 England
14 Dec 2008 7:09PM
Beautiful flower, smashing shot

Nicky
microchip 9 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 7:54PM
The perfect angle Carol to show off these amazing plants, with beautiful colours and presentation,
Alan
norton 12 6 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 8:15PM
Stunning shot,well captured...............

Tony.
churchill123 12 233 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 8:39PM
Stunning Carol, detail & colour is perfect these are such fascinating plants
Linda
Great shot
14 Dec 2008 9:06PM
Absolutely beautiful Carol.
Gill
hellsbells8868 8 151 2 Wales
14 Dec 2008 9:08PM
Really beautitful.
bunbeam 10 2 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 11:10PM
what a beautiful flower, well captured
bunSmile
digiray63 9 4 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 11:12PM
A lovely flower and a beautiful image Carol.
Ray
14 Dec 2008 11:20PM
You couldn't have done better Carol. Terrific shot.
Johanna
teocali Plus
8 441 18 England
15 Dec 2008 12:16AM
This is just stunning Carol. So sharp and with such glorious light and colours. Superb presentation too and thanks you for the description. I had no idea that the pollen was distributed by sunbirds. A really exotic capture.
Sylvia
15 Dec 2008 5:16AM
Gorgeous!
Ayelet_A 7 11 3 Israel
15 Dec 2008 6:49AM
I love this flower as well, we have one in our roof garden - Beautiful flower wonderfully captured by you Carol.

Ayelet
DebbieBMP 7 33 1 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 7:04AM
A wonderful shot of a beautiful and amazing flower - I buy these as cut flowers - sadly I believe we can't grow them here in UK (I could be wrong) It is a brilliant shot with fantastic detail and colour - Debs
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 7:45AM
Great photography and presentation as ever Carol. I always assumed the name came from the bright colours - now I know otherwise.

Phil.
15 Dec 2008 10:31AM
Love the lighting! Nice photo!
franfoto 8 2 32 England
15 Dec 2008 11:09AM
I thought this was an exotic bird from the thumbnail Carol. It's a great shot beautifully framed up and with excellent detail.
Thanks for your well wishes for my Mum and your lovely comments on my work.
All the best
Fran
15 Dec 2008 2:21PM
Wonderful colours and composition.
MickyMc 8 8 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2008 9:51AM
I recently also took this flower in Lanzarote, but your background adds much more magic than my boring one. I have no idea how to do this.
Mavis
49er 10 564
16 Dec 2008 3:49PM
reminds me of a hand.. with fingers beckoning..
IFIMAGE 8 143 Wales
16 Dec 2008 11:54PM
Stunning!

ian..
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
17 Dec 2008 8:04AM
Fancy seeing it growing wild Carol . A perfect specimen . xxx
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
17 Dec 2008 9:28PM
Simply sublime Carol, what a splendid specimen
zanzibarwinds 12 205 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 10:49AM
Stunning composition and subject.
ann_g 12 19 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 12:54PM
Very striking
1 Feb 2011 8:54AM
Absolutely stunning.
27 Nov 2014 2:18AM
Lovely image. Thanks for the nice narrative.

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