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penolta Mar 22, 2008 6:26 PM

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I visited a neighborhood nursery today with my wife, and found this unusual flower budding out. The label said "Ohia Lehua in Hawaii." It appears to be related to a bottlebrush or some other Australian eucalypt. I wascarrying the K100D witha Tamron 28-200 XR (IF) Macro, which is a compact, lightweight lens focusing to 18"with 1:4 magnification. It is something I had bought at a good price on a closeout, and had not used as a close up lens before -- it is not too bad.

penolta Mar 22, 2008 6:29 PM

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There was also a rather large dark orange hybrid Gazania that struck my fancy. We bought one, so I may be able to get a better photo at a later date (this was hand held in bright sun).

Basement Shows Mar 22, 2008 6:49 PM

Very nice. Hawaii has some amazing plant life, that's for sure.

Rodney9 Mar 22, 2008 9:44 PM

No. 1 is beautiful and so well taken, the second one's red is wonderful.

mtngal Mar 23, 2008 12:31 AM

Both are lovely. There's a bush at the botanical gardens that is somewhat similar to the first one, and I've found it much harder to take pictures of than I had expected, so I really appreciate your picture.

NonEntity1 Mar 23, 2008 11:30 AM

Very nice job on both Penolta, the reds are striking.


bilybianca Mar 23, 2008 12:52 PM

Agree with the above, reds are difficult but you got them both right. Interesting species, #1.


penolta Mar 23, 2008 1:30 PM

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Thanks, everyone. No.1 is unusual, especially with its fuzzy white buds contrasted with the red stamens.

I am somewhat perplexed that people see No. 2 (the Gazania) as red -- it looks close to the actual burnt orange on my monitor. Below is another photo of a group of blossoms that show the changes that take place as thethey age. They open as a dark reddish orange, become a rich burnt orange when fresh (as in the above photo), and fade to a yellow-orange as they mature.The varietal name is "Sunbathers Sunset," perhaps because they look like sunburnt skin!

Lyrics51 Mar 23, 2008 3:42 PM

Great shots. Fun to look at.


NonEntity1 Mar 24, 2008 8:28 PM

I can see the similarity in color with the wider shot you just posted Penolta, but on my monitor picture #2 from the first set looks much more red than orange while in the wider angle shots even the most red flowers seem to have more orange in them. My monitor is not calibrated though, so it could be me.


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