Foxglove flower plants stand on the lush green hillsides with the blue colored waters of Titirangi Bay in the Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand adorning the background. If high winds pass over this hillside, the Foxglove plants when in full blossom could snap due to their height and weight depending on how many of the flowers have opened.
Each flower of the Foxglove is tubular shaped with each one decoratively arranged below the next forming an elegant cluster of purple flowers. On the inner side of each flower there are spots which are not clearly visible until each flower tube opens fully.
Foxglove plants are herbaceous biennial plants and in the first year of their life they have leaves which are organized in spirals that form a small rosette close to the ground. It is not until the second year that the Foxglove fully sprouts to its tallest height and then begins to flower. At this time the Foxglove grows to be between one and two metres in height.
When wandering the hillsides above Titirangi Bay in the Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand taking pictures of these plants in full blossom, be sure not to get any of the leaves, seeds or flower tubes near your mouth as they can be fatal to humans. They are filled with toxins that can cause low pulse rates, nauseous feelings and vomiting which eventually could lead to a cardiac arrest.
Vibrant colors from the Foxglove flower, water and hillsides make incredible pictures for your photo album of your trip to New Zealand. When you look back on these pictures, you will remember how beautiful the scenery of the Marlborough Sounds on the South Island of New Zealand is and be ready to pack your bags for a return trip.
Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, Titirangi Bay in Guards Bay, Marlborough, Marlborough Sounds, South Island of New Zealand.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/80 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 55mm.
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