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Beachside Beauty

Beachside Beauty
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Copyright: Scott Thomas (Sharpshooter) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 551 W: 73 N: 1658] (7016)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-17
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Decisive Moment, Experimental, Mood
Camera: Kodak Z1275
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-08 0:29
Viewed: 2778
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this shot with my old camera at the start of the year. Taken from the path between Maraetai Beach and Omana Beach in Auckland. The tree is a large pohutukawa, which comes into blossom with bright red flowers around Christmas time. This iconic Kiwi Christmas tree, which often features on greeting cards and in poems and songs, has become an important symbol for New Zealanders at home and abroad.

The leaves are thick and tough, a shiny dark green on top and silvery white on their softer undersides. The pohutukawa was used for more than just decoration by the early pioneers. The potential of its strong durable timber for shipbuilding was soon realized, and in the early days of colonization shiploads of pohutukawa timber were exported, severely depleting the magnificent stands of trees which at one time dominated the northern coasts. The leaves and bark of the pohutukawa were utilized for a variety of medicinal purposes by the Maori people, and many an early settler drank a decoction of inner bark of the pohutukawa tree to cure dysentery.

The pohutukawas tolerance of extreme coastal conditions makes it an ideal choice for coastal planting. Its beauty means that it is favoured for planting in many situations where less hardy trees could be grown, but the pohutukawa is favoured because of its handsomeness. It is an amazingly adaptable tree and will thrive in almost any conditions. I’m looking forward to returning to this exact same spot when Christmas rolls around.

Thanks for viewing.

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Hello Scott

Wonderful pov !!!
Very instructive note. I like all this blue...
Yes is is beauty, well captured.
Great work.

Hola Scott,
preciosa composición...
fino pov / dof,
saturación colores hermosa.

Hi Scott...
Beautiful shot with nice details and composition...

Bonjour Scott
Beautiful old tree facing the ocean and the sky near merging each other
A great pov and an amazing shot
Nice day

Great shot Scott ! This one caught my eye when i looked at the Gallery because of the splendid blue colours. Lovely composition although i would like to see a little bit more of the horizon. But it's very nice with this special tree giving depth to the pict. Good work Scott...

regards, willie

Hi Scott,

Stunning blues in this photo. I miss these views from up north. :-(

Awesome idea to use the Pohutukawa branch to cut across the composition. They are one of my favourite NZ trees, especially in summer when they ablaze with their red flowers. They are amazingly robust and can hang on to the smallest of crevices in cliff faces.

Great photo Scott. Tfs.

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2009-06-08 1:32]
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beautiful visibility on sea with those by wind tortured tree

Well known tree, Scott.
Think I've seen it also on pictures from Janice.
Funny thing to call this a Christmas tree. We do have 'other ones'.haha
Groeten van Jan

Hello Scott,
A nice curely branch of this huge tree emerging on the water.
Beautiful light adornes your capture and you managed it superbly.
A nice POV which permits a good visiilty of the horizon.
A splendid presentation and a very informative note.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

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  • soe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 381 W: 0 N: 108] (2473)
  • [2009-06-08 1:59]
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Hi Scott
Beautiful view on the bank of river.Nice color. Wonderful sharpness and detail.Great DOF and VOP.Nice composition.
Tin Soe

Hi Scott,
Well seen, the view is beautiful, great colours and a good composition. The lighting is well done.

Timeless capture Scott, well photographed

Hello, Scott -
Great POV to capture this majestic tree with vast sea and sky in the background. The light and shadow work well to bring out the attractive features of the tree. The details are sharp and the colors are warm and natural. Well seen and presented.

Salut Thomas,
Ce vénérable arbre a probablement déjà vu bien des tempêtes et tu lui rends hommage au travers de cette belle photo de littorale.
Bonne journée.

Hello Scott,
Stunning shot! Excellent composition!
Lovely note!

impressive sky color and sea!
the tree also look so old
beautiful landscape and light!
Have a grate week!


Very interesting note. So beautiful details in this outstanding photo. I love the shape of that tree. TFS


Hi Scott,

Looking forward to Christmas and some shots of the flowering pohutukawa. Nice POV with the blue skies and sea in the background. I think one gets a good impression of how hardy the tree is by the way the branch extends horizontally.


Boa tarde Scott

Very well composed...and it brings strong feelings.
I like it a lot!
my regards

Beautiful detail and colors!! WOW!! Very pretty, and the bg is awesome. TFS

Hello Thomas,
This is amanzing composition.I like the blues colour,light and kontrast.Excellent sceneri and work.

Scottie, these are the coolest trees - I've seen them before on TL. You've got a really great comp here with the tree taking up most of the shot, and the beautiful sea and sky in the BG.
Great job.

hello scott

wonderful picture
i likethe tree,it's a beautiful natural frame
the colors are so beautiful and deep
very nice blue palette
nice shoot

Hi Scott,
Wow, this composition is awsome. I like the strange lines and shapes of the tree, beautiful, clear and sharp exposition of tthe scene. The background is fascinating, too, I would spend some days on this beach especially around March, which is quite cold here. :) Good job, my friend, TFS!
Best regards,

Hello Scott,
Perfect sillhouette of tree on wonderful blue..
Great artistic vision...
Selahattin E

Hi Scott
great work
wonderful tree captured
I t s very good to see you all far from home
have good day

Hi Scott,
What a superb image vith excellent tree.TFS.


Hello Scot,
Very good shot,the lighitng and exposure are also perfectly, well done. Congratulations! TFS.Best regards Siegfried

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-06-08 16:38]
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dear Scott,
perhaps this tree has been growing against the sea wind,
very powerful branches shows us the life of miracle plant.
it is always watcheing this bright and clear sky and sea,
then it surely absorbs the power of them.
thank you for your fresh capturing,

Scott doesnt it look as a bonsai is enlarged so beutifully shaped and you selected a great POV to show the whole beuty of this tree with blue water and those lovely hillocks with grey clouds in the sky.It makes a wonderful composition.I wait for your chrstmas post of it.TFS

Belle composition aux couleurs splendides.

Ciao Sott, wonderful sea view with fantastic tree n Fg, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2009-06-11 0:55]
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Hi Scott ;)
Wonderful artistis point of view...COmpliments,
Best regards,
J ;)

Hello Scott,
I always fancy this type of composition. Superbly captured. The tree branch is massive and rightfully adorns the vista beyond. Best regards...

This is one of the more beautiful picture that I saw recently. This tree is fantastic. Wonderful colours and contrast. Very good framework that you chose. Congratulations, Scott!


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