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Pohutukawa - An Early Christmas Tree

Posted by
Peter (Warkworth, New Zealand) on 23 November 2019 in Plant & Nature.

At Scandrett Regional Park, a Pohutukawa tree in flower, usually showing at Christmas this one got in early. The P. leaf miner weevils have had a good go at it too.

Canon EOS 90D 1/800 second F/5.6 ISO 400 55 mm

My goal is to present images of objects and places as naturally as possible with minimal post processing. I think the natural qualities will come through for the viewer with a little contemplation. Unfortunately there is little time for such things these days.

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Wondefful colors.

23 Nov 2019 9:34am

@Ralf Kesper: TY Ralf

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

The detail and color are just superb. Great to see some color in your part of the world at this time of the year, not much color here at this time. 5*.

23 Nov 2019 11:30am

@Shaun: Cheers Shaun

Devi from Chennai, India

a gorgeous image here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

23 Nov 2019 3:32pm

@Devi: Thanks Devi

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautiful bright red blossoms. Lovely details.

23 Nov 2019 3:54pm

@Ruthiebear: Thanks Ruthiebear

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien vu

23 Nov 2019 4:49pm

@Existence Artistique: TY

ceteceva from Angers, France

Nice colors !

24 Nov 2019 5:20pm

@ceteceva: Lovely scarlet indeed!

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique fleurs aux couleurs de Noël.

24 Nov 2019 5:51pm

@tataray: Merci tataray

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Smiles . . it does have a touch of Christmas . . not long to wait, now !

26 Nov 2019 8:07am

@Ronnie 2¢: As always, thanks for your comments Ronnie. The Pohutukawa is often referred to as New Zealand's Christmas tree as it usually puts on its awesome scarlet display over the holiday period, this one being a little early. Something to do with the climate changing? Probably not as mostly all of the others are awaiting the true season :-) https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-plants/pohutukawa/

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

This is such a pretty flower with a beautiful vibrant red. When I was little we lived in Hawaii and there was a similar flower that we called a powder puff flower.

2 Dec 2019 3:06am

@Elaine Hancock: Thanks Elaine, and yes, I have seen that flower - Calliandra - and it is quite similar and equally interesting :-)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

wonderful Christmas red !

2 Dec 2019 11:50am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A superb look at this flower Peter.

16 Dec 2019 10:00am

@Shaun: Thanks again Shaun