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Banksia Spinulosa
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Banksia Spinulosa
Banksia Spinulosa
Just one of the members of the Banksia family. They are an Australian native flower. This particular family member is found on the east coast of Australia. This one (and many others) I came across on my walk the other day. They flower in the middle of winter.
Banksias are named after the botanist Joseph Banks who sailed with Captain Cook on the Endeavour in 1770.

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  The flower
The flower
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  The seed head
The seed head
The banksia requires fire to open the seed pod.
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Paul E. Earl
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    The flower and how it looks after flowering.

7/24/2009 12:05:07 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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cool close-ups!

7/24/2009 12:31:35 AM

 
Kirsten (Kiki) Kjaer
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AWESOME details in this beautiful macro, Paul.

7/24/2009 12:33:48 AM

 
Kerry Hill
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Wonderful details and capture of this beautiful Banksia, Paul!!

7/24/2009 12:43:16 AM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Outstanding close up of this very fascinating plant! I like all three, although for some reason, I wasn't able to zoom in on #2. Great color, clarity and detail, Paul!

7/24/2009 1:31:48 AM

 
Renee Doyle
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These are not easy to photograph and you have done a wonderful job of them all Paul!!! Excellent work!!

7/24/2009 1:45:27 AM

 
Ray & Audrey Clarke
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Great light and detail Paul, lovely image.!!!(R)

7/24/2009 1:55:06 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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What an interesting plant! And great shots of it!

7/24/2009 3:03:51 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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All three are brilliant, Paul!

7/24/2009 3:21:14 AM

 
Chua Wee Boo
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Wow!Terrific closeup shot,Paul

7/24/2009 3:59:23 AM

 
Aimee S. McMaster
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...wow how neat to flower in winter; wonderful vertical crop & light Paul..Aimee

7/24/2009 5:33:29 AM

 
Carolyn J. Connolly
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What outstanding close-up banksia captures here, Paul!! The details, textures, lighting, tones and composition all are just superb!! I always find these flowers to be most intriguing, and I love to photograph them!! :o) Have a wonderful weekend...and stay warm!! ;o)

7/24/2009 5:59:14 AM

 
Margaret R. Barry
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Fantastic details , comp. and dof, Paul!

7/24/2009 7:02:07 AM

 
Lynne Morris
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Wow fabulous captures of a wonderful and unusual plant Paul.

7/24/2009 2:36:17 PM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Cool macro, Paul....

7/24/2009 2:45:09 PM

 
Teresa A. Burnett
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Gorgeous flower and gorgeous capture, Paul!! Fantastic detail, dof and tones!!

7/24/2009 6:32:21 PM

 
Renata Gusciora
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Fabulous macro,pov,color,Paul!Super shot!

7/25/2009 9:23:19 AM

 
Manuel Barrera
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Wow, what a cool flower

7/27/2009 3:49:37 AM

 
Marilyn Cornwell
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Paul - what a treat to see such a great image of Banksia! I visited Sydney in April and had a day tour in the Blue Mountains where we saw Banksia shrubs with seed heads. What a sight! Thanks so much for your great background story - it too is captivating!

7/27/2009 2:34:03 PM

 
John Connolly
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A fantastic capture of this native flower, Paul! I can never seem to get the image I am looking for when I try and photograph them.

7/30/2009 3:48:40 PM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Congratulations....

8/17/2009 3:35:01 PM

 
Nancyj Hovey
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your well deserving FINALIST. 8o)

8/17/2009 4:33:15 PM

 
Aimee S. McMaster
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...big congrats Paul...wonderful finalist...I hope your head is feeling better....Aimee

8/17/2009 5:35:30 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Huge congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Paul!

8/17/2009 7:46:42 PM

 
Teresa A. Burnett
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WTG Paul!! Huge congratulations on this wonderful Finalist!! Best of luck in the next round!!

8/17/2009 8:11:45 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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huge congratulations on your SPECTACULAR finalist!!!

8/18/2009 12:34:37 AM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Congratulations on this gorgeous Finalist, Paul!

8/18/2009 12:39:14 AM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Paul!
Good luck next level up!

8/18/2009 2:47:10 AM

 
Manuel Barrera
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congratulations

8/18/2009 6:25:02 AM

 
Daniella Puente
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Congrats Paul, this is wonderful!

8/18/2009 10:41:34 AM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Congratulations on your outstanding finalist, Paul!

8/18/2009 10:50:07 AM

 
Lynne Morris
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Woo Hoo WTG Paul, Huge Congratulations on this wonderful finalist.

8/18/2009 1:35:44 PM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats on your Finalist Paul! Jeff

8/18/2009 6:06:25 PM

 
Linda L. Ruiz
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8/18/2009 9:46:20 PM

 
Usman Bajwa
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Beautiful florals here, WTG. CONGRATS.

8/18/2009 11:18:47 PM

 
Marijana Fajgl
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Big congratulations on your fantastic finalist, Paul!

8/19/2009 3:52:07 AM

 
Renee Doyle
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WTG Paul!!! Big congratulations on this wonderful second place WINNER!!!!

8/19/2009 4:05:46 PM

 
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Very cool and thanks for the history, congrats on your 2nd place WIN!!

8/19/2009 4:17:35 PM

 
Michelle Alton
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Hearty congratulations, Paul. A really fine and well-deserved winner!

8/19/2009 4:48:15 PM

 
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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
on your well deserving WINNER~!~

8/19/2009 4:50:40 PM

 
Courtenay Vanderbilt
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CONGRATULATIONS on this awesome Winner, Paul!

8/19/2009 5:08:08 PM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Congratulations on this beautiful winner, Paul.

8/19/2009 5:15:58 PM

 
Nadya Johnson
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Congrats on your terrific Winner, Paul!

8/19/2009 5:35:19 PM

 
Raymond Pauly
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Congratulations, Paul.

8/19/2009 6:17:32 PM

 
Teresa A. Burnett
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Congratulations on your wonderful GOLD WINNER, Paul!! Gold goes so well with the tones in this image!!

8/19/2009 8:44:09 PM

 
Lynne Morris
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Wooo Hooo you got GOLD, so well deserved Paul, this is awesome!

8/19/2009 11:18:45 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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CONGRATULATIONS on your win, Paul!

8/20/2009 1:53:31 AM

 
Aimee S. McMaster
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...so happy for your win Paul....congrats..Aimee

8/20/2009 2:58:53 AM

 
Stefania Barbier
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HUGE congrats on your gorgeous winner!!!

8/20/2009 4:56:28 AM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Beautiful details Paul, congratulations on your winner!

8/20/2009 6:05:25 AM

 
Ray & Audrey Clarke
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Congratulations Paul, very well deserved

8/20/2009 1:48:36 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Congratulations on your win! Excellent Paul!

8/21/2009 9:41:30 PM

 
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Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Paul...I appreciate the interesting BG info on this unique flower!!

8/22/2009 6:35:49 AM

 
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CONGRATULATIONS on this beautiful capture and glad to see this getting GOLDEN, Paul.

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8/23/2009 6:31:11 AM

 
Margaret R. Barry
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Congratulations on this fantastic winner, Paul!

8/24/2009 7:50:13 AM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Paul on your Win!!!


Dominick

11/15/2009 7:10:18 AM

 
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