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Black Ant On Bird of Paradise

Black Ant On Bird of Paradise
Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4300 W: 231 N: 13980] (56347)
Género: Plants
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2008-08-10
Categorias: Flowers
Câmara: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposição: f/5.6, 1/320 segundos
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Data de Submissão: 2009-05-25 4:45
Visto: 9621
Pontos: 34
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
The Bird of Paradise flower, (Strelitzia reginae), comes from the Banana family, of the family Musaceae.

The uniquely shaped flower of this exotic tropical perennial resembles a bird's head, and due to its brilliant orange and blue colors and unique shape, Strelitzia reginae is know as the Bird of Paradise Flower. Its other common name, Crane Flower, suggests its exotic avian shape.
Like many flamboyant and fascinating plants, the Bird of Paradise Flower is native to South Africa and it was introduced to European gardeners in 1773 when it was part of a shipment of horticultural specimens bound for the Royal Botanical Garden of King George III. Strelitzia reginae was named after the king's wife Queen ("reginea" in Latin) Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz ("Strelitzia").

Strelitzia reginae is a bold structural plant, which forms large evergreen clumps of stiff leaves growing up from the base. The grey-green banana like leaves grow about 1,5 m in height and the flowers stand above the foliage at the tips of long stalks. Mature plants are very floriferous with blooming time in autumn, winter and spring. The structure and pollination of the flowers are rather interesting. The hard, beak-like sheath from which the flower emerges, is called the spathe. This is placed at right angles to the stem, which gives it the appearance of a bird's head. The flowers, which emerge one at a time from the spathe, consist of 3 brilliant orange sepals and 3 bright blue petals. Two of the blue petals are joined together to form an arrow-like depository of nectar. When the birds sit to have a drink of nectar, the petals open and cover their feet in pollen.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Ram,
Once upon a time I wished to be able to grow a Bird of Paradise,but I could not .
I loved this colorful flower and a small ant on it ,well configured DOF,good framing.

Thanks for showing us this Paradise..


A superb shot Sir.
The note makes for a very interesting read, too!

Awesome Picture, Ram! Bright and attracting colours are nicely captured. Very well done! I would love to see this plant in real. Thanks for the detailed note too.


Hi Ram,
Wonderful flower "bird of paradise, beautiful colors, very sharp, good composition. Here in Venezuela we also have some varieties of these flowers. Thank you very much for the note, he did not know that this species is native to South Africa.



Very nice range of colours. Perfect focusing. Well captured, thank you.
Best wishes,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-05-25 7:18]

Hello Ram,

Wonderful capture of this very beautiful flower.Nice colours and composition.I very like this photo.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-25 8:41]

Hi Ram.
It is really wonderful flower and you managed to represent it with great taste and skill. I like blameless composition of the shot, awesome colour palette, amazing scenery (including BG) and stunning details. Even ant is reproduced precisely. Great job. My compliments.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2009-05-25 10:15]

Hello Ram,
Very beautiful photo of this Bird of Paradise. Great sharp focus and a good composition. Excellent clear colours in a beautiful contrast against the BG.

Ciao Ram, splendid flower with fantastic colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-05-25 10:45]

Hello Ram,
Details, composition, colors and exposure are very good. This is a beautiful portrait of this nice flower. Very well done and TFS,
Best regards Siggi

Hello Ram,
what a beautiful bird of paradisea flower, with ant. great focus and coloration. composition and POV also great. thanks for sharing and information. best wishes

Hello Ram !
Even without the ant, thiswould be one gorgeous picture - the shape and the color of this picture are truly amazing. Then the ant is a very nice bonus. The picture is very nicely composed, with vivid colors, from a great POV, and I love it jus as much as I love every other picture in your gallery. Very well done !

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-05-26 3:16]

Hello Ram,

This is a wonderful shot of this bird of paradise. lovely bright and lively colors, good exposure, sharpness and details. The composition and OV is really nice. TFS.


Hello Ram,
This is a beautifully taken shot of the Bird Of Paradise Flower.
Details are tack sharp,right down to the ant,and colours are vibrant.
There's an old man down the road who has a nice one of these in his front garden.Of course,its not a native here.
Cheers & TFS

Hello Ram
you have taken agreat shot of this beautiful flower, i have see a lot of them when i was in vacation with my husband in the Canary Islands a long time ago and your shot remind me this wonderful days
superb colors, sharpness and lighting
greetings Jacqueline

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2009-05-29 6:43]

Hi ram,
as you mentioned to me last time, this flower is very frequnted by photographers. Each time they always look beautiful and stylish.
So does yours. The beauty never die in the hand of a good composition like this one.
Wonderful presentation.


Bonjour Ram,
Très bonne maitrise de la lumière qui fait resplendir les splendides couleurs et excellente profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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