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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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GrahamNobles 10 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.
14 Dec 2008 6:45AM
Very Good Detail
DolphinLady 12 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....
mick183 9 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.

BTW Many thanks for viewing and commenting on many of my pics.
exposure Plus
14 5.8k 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(*.*)
challicew 10 1 1 South Africa
14 Dec 2008 7:06AM
Beautiful image, truly lovely
iancam 9 23 England
14 Dec 2008 7:22AM
Carol this is stunning, super detail and colour
VIKI 11 18 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 7:48AM
Beautiful Carol....
14 Dec 2008 7:58AM
WOW Carol, this is really beautiful...great colors...
jonathanbp 9 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
12 5.0k 171 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 11 6 3 England
14 Dec 2008 8:51AM
Lovely - looks just like an exotic bird - Jude.
Koert 9 36 Netherlands
14 Dec 2008 8:56AM
DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
14 Dec 2008 9:00AM
A lovely picture. Nice work. Andy
Ray42 10 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 11 Slovenia
14 Dec 2008 9:05AM
For me anusual flower. nice presentation.
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
14 Dec 2008 9:28AM
cjl47 10 4 3 England
14 Dec 2008 9:53AM
A most beautiful bloom, superbly presented.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
14 Dec 2008 9:54AM
Beautiful lighting
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
14 Dec 2008 9:57AM
pleased to be no 30.looks good against the black BG.lesley
videotec 9 8 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 10:37AM
It looks like a bird of Paradise--Beautifully presented shot--nice one Carol
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 11:20AM
One of my favourites, and you've really done it proud here.
GalleryGirl 10 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
14 Dec 2008 11:30AM
frame and flower spot on
BURNSIE 9 25 4 England
14 Dec 2008 11:33AM
Very good, the light, the focus, the comp.
Great image
14 Dec 2008 11:37AM
Exotic beautifully taken and great to see. Gillian
piccy 12 8 Wales
14 Dec 2008 11:38AM
Beautiful flowers, never knew that. So lucky to have them growing over there.
Joline Plus
11 30 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.
14 Dec 2008 12:22PM
Such exotic flowers and one of my favourites. You have captured it's beauty with excellent lighting and detail.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 1:06PM
Wild, exotic and dangerous-looking!
Silverzone 10 2 England
14 Dec 2008 1:29PM
This is my favourite flower and haven't seen one since Australia. Thanks for the memory. Sylvia
m3lem 12 England
14 Dec 2008 1:40PM
Sooooo beautiful, what lovely colour and detail you have captured. Simply stunning
Andrea x
Stevekriti 10 18 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 1:42PM
wonderful colours and form Carol,--and a nature lesson too!
Love the framing.Steve
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 2:14PM
Beautiful image with lovely lighting detail and colours Carol,
merry xmas
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
14 Dec 2008 2:34PM
What a superb capture, such wonderful light and color, so well done Carol.
Artois 12 405 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 3:17PM
Good colour and detail. Looks like a bird about to eat!
astyag 10 12
14 Dec 2008 3:19PM
Bird of paradise... Beautiful
RTDS 9 Cyprus
14 Dec 2008 3:26PM
EXcellent capture,awsome details and lovely colours.
Well done Carol.
pluckyfilly 11 351 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 13 48 Scotland
14 Dec 2008 4:11PM
This is stunning..

Bodiewil 10 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.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
14 Dec 2008 5:36PM
One of your best Carol.

PattiW 12 24 2 United States
14 Dec 2008 5:46PM
Too stunning for words!
14 Dec 2008 5:50PM
Lovely study.
goso 11 2 1 Australia
14 Dec 2008 6:44PM
A ripper Carol.......Bill
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
14 Dec 2008 7:09PM
Beautiful flower, smashing shot

microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 7:54PM
The perfect angle Carol to show off these amazing plants, with beautiful colours and presentation,
norton 14 6 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 8:15PM
Stunning shot,well captured...............

churchill123 13 233 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 8:39PM
Stunning Carol, detail & colour is perfect these are such fascinating plants
Great shot
14 Dec 2008 9:06PM
Absolutely beautiful Carol.
hellsbells8868 9 151 2 Wales
14 Dec 2008 9:08PM
Really beautitful.
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 11:10PM
what a beautiful flower, well captured
digiray63 11 4 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 11:12PM
A lovely flower and a beautiful image Carol.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 11:20PM
You couldn't have done better Carol. Terrific shot.
teocali Plus
10 441 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.
CherryMartin 10 10 United States
15 Dec 2008 5:16AM
Ayelet_A 9 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.

DebbieBMP 9 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 11 36 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.

15 Dec 2008 10:31AM
Love the lighting! Nice photo!
franfoto 10 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
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2008 2:21PM
Wonderful colours and composition.
MickyMc 10 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.
49er 12 564
16 Dec 2008 3:49PM
reminds me of a hand.. with fingers beckoning..
IFIMAGE 10 143 Wales
16 Dec 2008 11:54PM

Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
17 Dec 2008 8:04AM
Fancy seeing it growing wild Carol . A perfect specimen . xxx
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
17 Dec 2008 9:28PM
Simply sublime Carol, what a splendid specimen
zanzibarwinds 14 205 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 10:49AM
Stunning composition and subject.
ann_g 14 19 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 12:54PM
Very striking
skyepix 10 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2011 8:54AM
Absolutely stunning.
ukgubbi 6 5 India
27 Nov 2014 2:18AM
Lovely image. Thanks for the nice narrative.

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