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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


14 Dec 2008 6:06AM
Quite stunning Carol. Well lit, well framed, well taken!
Graham

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14 Dec 2008 6:33AM
Lovely exposure, detail and colour.
David
Very Good Detail
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 Plus
8 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 Plus
12 4.1k 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.
14 Dec 2008 7:06AM
Beautiful image, truly lovely
14 Dec 2008 7:22AM
Carol this is stunning, super detail and colour
Ian
VIKI Plus
10 18 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 7:48AM
Beautiful Carol....
WOW Carol, this is really beautiful...great colors...
Dimitre
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 4.7k 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 Plus
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 Plus
8 1.4k 30 England
14 Dec 2008 9:00AM
A lovely picture. Nice work. Andy
14 Dec 2008 9:03AM
Nice shot - good lighting and detail and nicely presented
14 Dec 2008 9:04AM
wonderful shot Carol
14 Dec 2008 9:05AM
For me anusual flower. nice presentation.
Rgds.Joze
14 Dec 2008 9:28AM
gorgeous
cjl47 Plus
9 4 3 England
14 Dec 2008 9:53AM
A most beautiful bloom, superbly presented.
chris
14 Dec 2008 9:54AM
Beautiful lighting
cassiecat Plus
8 39 46 England
14 Dec 2008 9:57AM
pleased to be no 30.looks good against the black BG.lesley
14 Dec 2008 10:37AM
It looks like a bird of Paradise--Beautifully presented shot--nice one Carol
Pete
pamelajean Plus
10 971 1864 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 11:20AM
One of my favourites, and you've really done it proud here.
GalleryGirl 9 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 Plus
8 25 4 England
14 Dec 2008 11:33AM
Very good, the light, the focus, the comp.
Great image
Burnsie
Exotic beautifully taken and great to see. Gillian
piccy Plus
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?
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
10 1.0k 1556 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 1:06PM
Wild, exotic and dangerous-looking!
Moira
This is my favourite flower and haven't seen one since Australia. Thanks for the memory. Sylvia
14 Dec 2008 1:40PM
Sooooo beautiful, what lovely colour and detail you have captured. Simply stunning
Andrea x
14 Dec 2008 1:42PM
wonderful colours and form Carol,--and a nature lesson too!
Love the framing.Steve
14 Dec 2008 2:14PM
Beautiful image with lovely lighting detail and colours Carol,
merry xmas
Yung
Bob_V Plus
9 1 2 United States
14 Dec 2008 2:34PM
What a superb capture, such wonderful light and color, so well done Carol.
Bob
Artois Plus
10 405 1 United Kingdom
14 Dec 2008 3:17PM
Good colour and detail. Looks like a bird about to eat!
Stella
14 Dec 2008 3:19PM
Bird of paradise... Beautiful
Astyag
14 Dec 2008 3:26PM
EXcellent capture,awsome details and lovely colours.
Well done Carol.
Robert
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 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
14 Dec 2008 4:11PM
This is stunning..

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

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

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

Tony.
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
14 Dec 2008 9:08PM
Really beautitful.
14 Dec 2008 11:10PM
what a beautiful flower, well captured
bunSmile
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
Gorgeous!
Ayelet_A Plus
8 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
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
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 Plus
9 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.
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 Plus
10 564
16 Dec 2008 3:49PM
reminds me of a hand.. with fingers beckoning..
IFIMAGE Plus
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 Plus
10 255 2 England
17 Dec 2008 9:28PM
Simply sublime Carol, what a splendid specimen
18 Dec 2008 10:49AM
Stunning composition and subject.
ann_g Plus
12 19 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2008 12:54PM
Very striking
Absolutely stunning.
27 Nov 2014 2:18AM
Lovely image. Thanks for the nice narrative.

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