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  • Bart Janssen,

    A request:

    As some of you know we work on branching in plants (figuring out how it is regulated), we regularly give seminars and we like to have a couple of pictures of trees with different branching patterns to introduce the topic.

    For years now we've been on the lookout for the perfect picture of a Pohutukawa, For us the perfect picture would have several characteristics:

    One that shows the random sprawling nature of the branches (pretty much a must have, it is after all the point of the image for us)
    One that is in full bloom (because it's pretty that way)
    Preferably a single tree on its own
    No powerlines
    no cars
    no people (although not absolutely critical if they are small and not identifiable)
    no roads
    pretty much no manmade things to distract from the tree.

    Preferably against a beautiful piece of NZ scenery (we give talks overseas and like to convince our colleagues to come and visit NZ)
    Good resolution (it is likely to be on a big screen)

    So amongst all the photos that folks have taken here does anyone have such a perfect tree that they'd be willing to let us use in talks (with image credit of course)?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4451 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    frozen photon traces…

    …the perfect picture would have several characteristics:

    What about a control one also, with a measuring / survey stick for scale and possibly a colour chart for leaf and flower matching (date as well, plus GPS, soil salinity, acidity, etc?)

    PS: looks pretty fractal to me – for ‘random sprawling nature’ I read ‘adventitious sun seeking’…

    PPS: please ignore all pushes to deregulate branch bi & trifurcation, thats one canopy ya don’t wanna open…

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7893 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan Ganley,

    First NZ band to record a song with ‘Pohutukawa’ in the title? A novelty in its day.

    Since Dec 2006 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

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    Waewaetorea island.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2092 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Waewaetorea island

    surreal

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19694 posts Report Reply

  • Andre,

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Nora Leggs,

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    (I can’t believe we have all these great pohutukawa pictures and none from Cape Reinga yet)

    Managed to get up the rocks and a glance across to Mt Puheke revealed this Pohutakawa the other day.( I’ll get back soon when it is not being invaded by 4wd on the beach by tourorists. They will be gone soon back down SH1)
    So yeah ,not the Cape but close…
    And a image of Puheke .

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

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    And just for good measure, thought I’d show how really horrible this place can be….. ;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Werry,

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    Red carpet

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  • JacksonP, in reply to Chris Werry,

    Hi Chris.

    Thanks for posting. We seem to be having an issue with images flipping sideways, at least in the preview. It may be something to do with the size of the file, as yours is the second full resolution file to do this in the last two days.

    I resized your photo and saved it just using the Preview software on my Mac. That seemed to fix it.

    Cheers.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    A request:

    Hi Bart.

    So all you want is the perfect pohutukawa shot, with Hobbiton in the background?

    I'll get right on it. :-)

    Seriously though, I would personally be happy for you to use one of my images, I just don't think I have any that meet the criteria. Let me know if you see one here you'd like.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to JacksonP,

    So all you want is the perfect pohutukawa shot, with Hobbiton in the background?

    Rangitoto would work as well. Basically the kind of picture every kiwi loves to show off to the world :).

    I've had a look through here and not found one that fits :(.

    And actually I really do know that it isn't an easy set of criteria, we've been looking for the last few years, not really hard but just keeping an eye out and it's frustrating just how many almost perfect trees are spoiled by power lines in particular.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4451 posts Report Reply

  • Reg Feuz,

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    The hills of Wellington are ablaze with punctuations of red, welcoming the pleasantly warm summer we love here in the capital. The image of the Mount Street cemetery at Vic U is fitting for this renovated site: memento mori.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2014 • 17 posts Report Reply

  • Lynley Chapman,

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    Spinnaker Drive, Whitby, Porirua ablaze today.

    Porirua • Since Aug 2011 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Lynley Chapman,

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    Mast season Pohutukawa, Spinnaker Drive, Whitby, Porirua today.

    Porirua • Since Aug 2011 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Lynley Chapman,

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    Pirouetting Pohutukawa in Coral colours on Paremata Road, Porirua

    Porirua • Since Aug 2011 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

    Glad to see pohutukawa still going off in other parts! Reg, that's really Peak Pohutukawa.

    Thanks for jealousing us up there Sofie. Looks like another world.

    And Bart, there's your branching pic right there in Lynley's dancing trees!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    A few still flowering red at Manly on Whangaparaoa, but they seem to be late bloomers amongst the rest,

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    And just for good measure, thought I’d show how really horrible this place can be….. ;)

    Happy New Year Sofie. Hope the North is treating you well, which it would appear to be. :-)

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Just traces left now

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2692 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    it's frustrating just how many almost perfect trees are spoiled by power lines in particular

    Photochop is your friend.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19694 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson, in reply to Bart Janssen,

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    Something like this Bart ?

    Not sure it shows the branching enough, but it sure is scenic !

    Waitaia Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula. In the background through the tree is Hahei, and Cathedral Cove.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 615 posts Report Reply

  • Ross McA.,

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    From my holiday at Totaranui, Abel Tasman.

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  • Lynley Chapman,

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    A glut of Pohutukawa nectar in Wellington has seen bees take to the walls of higher learning at Victoria University. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/65078724/Wellington-bee-swarm-finds-new-home

    And another interesting feature of Pohutukawa trees are the fibrous aerial roots seen on this local tree in Porirua. Many of the trees along Oriental Bay have these aerial roots too.

    Porirua • Since Aug 2011 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP,

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    Apparently, thanks to Abbie and her resident expert, this is a variegated pohutukawa, which is another Kermadec varietal, on further investigation.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2448 posts Report Reply

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