Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

New Zealand: toetoe and clouds

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Look at the graceful toetoe seed heads (Austroderia spp.) we saw at the south end of Lake Taupo on February 17th.

(If you’re interested in the craft of photography, point 24 in About My Techniques applies to this photograph.)

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 7, 2017 at 5:03 AM

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  1. “Graceful’ is just the right word. And I do like the way you’ve positioned them against that band of blue. “Toetoe” made me think of ballet dancers. You certainly choreographed these nicely.


    April 7, 2017 at 5:22 AM

    • So much depends on syllabication. If we toe the line, I believe the Māori pronunciation is to-eh-to-eh. In new Zealand English, the consecutive vowels o-eh have become the diphthong oy, a fact reflected in the alternate spelling toitoi. That gives your imagination justification to toy around with the notion of graceful ballet dancers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 7, 2017 at 6:39 AM

  2. I have seen loads of pics of Toetoe as you know .. but this is divine! And I love no 24. Wonder if I could do this 😃


    April 8, 2017 at 9:31 PM

    • Point 24 lets earthbound things fly high. You can send subjects aloft too; all you have to do (assuming there’s an appropriate sky) is get down low enough and aim upward with your camera.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 8, 2017 at 9:37 PM

  3. reat and Excellent Work i must say. Really Appreciate your hard work. As an photographer i know how difficult when it comes to Nature . Even when i started photography i found it most difficult part then i started exploring and sharing my results with others to that they could improve themselves. You can have a look on my work at http://www.nitinkhanna.net/ and let me know how is it. Really got inspired by your work

    Nitin Khanna

    April 10, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    • It’s good of you to offer so much photographic advice on your website. It’s especially helpful for beginning photographers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2017 at 8:57 AM

  4. Beautiful shot


    April 10, 2017 at 7:46 PM

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