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Crimson Bottlebrush ( Callistemon )

Crimson Bottlebrush ( Callistemon )
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Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-04
Categories: Flowers, Bushveld
Camera: Fuji FinePix 3800
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): !OZ flora & fauna [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-29 12:30
Viewed: 5682
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When it is stinkin' cöld in Canada I can't help but think back to the glorious weather of Spring in Western Australia. During springtime there, there is a burst of colour! Strange < to Canucks! > flowers show their amazing structures and colours.

In this shot I believe I captured a Callistemon citrinus - the Crimson Bottlebrush ***.

What attracted me to these bushes is the way the flowers "unfold". So I have focussed here on the
closed buds, on the half open ones and finally on the
fully open ones. The spiky leaves at the right are left to help in identification.

These bushes could be seen in and along the Nature Reserve of the Canning River in Ferndale, WA. A map of the occurence of the callistemon is here.

This shot is dedicated to my sister, on whose birthday I took this photo.

PS I found that in many surprising places the Aussies had erected fences made of a cement like material, which I believe contains asbestos. These fences are used to prevent wildfires from running on and on.
People who live right next to a Nature Reserve will actually block out their views, just to feel safe from the FIRE...

*** Further Reading
Elliot, W.R. & Jones, D.L. Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants, Volume 2, Lothian, 1982
Stead, T.Y. & Butler, G. Your Australian Garden, No. 5 - Callistemons and other Bottlebrushes;
D.G. Stead Memorial Wildlife Research Foundation, 1983
Wrigley, J. W. & Fagg, M. Australian Native Plants, 3rd edition Collins, 1988
Wrigley, J. W. & Fagg, M. Bottlebrushes, Paperbarks and TeaTrees, Angas & Robertson, 1993

Adanac, dkaved, jeanpaul, dew77, bobair, mlines has marked this note useful
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To bobair: OZ wasShoot_Score 1 02-05 23:56
To Adanac: Very interesting flower ...Shoot_Score 1 01-29 18:37
To dkaved: Very interesting flower ...Shoot_Score 1 01-29 18:35
To Clancys: Very interesting flower ...Shoot_Score 1 01-29 18:34
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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-29 12:50]
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Hi Jay,
Thanks for the great post here and the note. They sure do open in a different way. The posting is well detailed, with great color and composition, thanks for sharing and STAY WARM.

Hi Jay,
It is indeed an interesting flower and amazing how it unfolds.A lovely splash of vivid colour that definately lets you forget about the cold and wet weather.A nice composition and an interesting note.TFS and keep warm.
Regards, david

Hi Jay,
Very interesting flower you have captured here. Nice detail POv, colours, texture and BG.


Bonsoir Jay
Très belle photo que tu nous envoies avec cette belle fleur, elle est très nette, très jolie a regarder.
les couleurs sont superbes.
Bravo et merci du partage...JP
Les sourires demain

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-30 11:11]

Hello Jay,
Very nice close up.Well seen and composed.POV,colors,BG,lighting and 3D effect are wonderful.

Amazing flower structure!! Interesting photographer's notes, which made me scroll back and forth to see the closed/half-opened/open buds of this bottlebrush bush.

You did a nice job of capturing the flower against the well-faded out background.
That is sometimes hard to do.

Truly a spectacular shot, Jay!!!

Hi Jay,
this a very good shot of the bottlebrush.You know from the point of view of other Nations in the world our flora and fauna look pretty exotic as does theirs to us.The beauty of sharing photos like we do is all get to know a little something about each other.Jay you have an excellent eye and we all sure benefit from it,keep up the good work. Bob

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-02-21 23:21]

Hi Jay. Very good colours in this bottlebrush. Very good clarity and colours shown in your macro. TFS. Murray.

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