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Cactus Fortress
著作権: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
ジャンル: Plants
メディア: カラー
撮影した年: 2005-10-23
カテゴリー: Cacti
カメラ: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
アップロードした日: 2005-11-09 2:59
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This shot was taken at the Conservatory of Flowers at the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

I do not know the name of this formidable-looking plant, but I was very impressed with its 4 to 5 cm-long spikes that came in triplicates, and the beautiful geometric patterns that they formed on the trunk of this tree-looking cactus plant.

Madagascar Palm
Pachypodium lamerei

This Pachypodium has a shiny silver trunk covered with thorns.
The leaves form only at the top of the trunk, like a Palm Tree.
However the Madagascar Palm is not really a palm. It is actually a succulent related to Plumerias.
Flowers are in spring through the summer, on and off through all the warm months. Blooms are not made until the plant is older.
Prior to its first bloom of the spring, this Pachypodium produces amazing seed pods that look like cucumbers. Left alone, they eventually open along the seam revealing great numbers of white-winged seeds
Most Pachypodium require very little water, even less in the winter when it looses it leaves.
Pachypodium lamerei protection against being eaten by animals are long, sharp, stiff needles that grow everywhere along the trunk and branches. Walking near this plant requires respect for this effective defense.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2005-11-09 3:34]

Very nice macro Manyee! This is really well fortified cactus ;-) I like repeated motive and details. Good work!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-11-09 4:08]

Unusual and nice shot that you have well done ! Congratulations Manyee and thanks for sharing.

" Life is so rare in the universe and Nature so precious, we must take care of them! " Christian...

Hello Manyee, thatエs a very interesting picture. Unusual POV but I like it very much. Excellent details and sharpness, perfect composition and great colours. Excellent work! Well done, Manyee. Thanks for posting. (sorry, I donエt know the ID - but here a link http://www.wstarke.de/cristate.html)

Great shot Manyee. This shows very good detail. Interesting symmetry and is well done in the vertical composition. Thank You.

Hi Manyee,
Sorry I can't help with the ID, but I love the shot for its wonderful pattern and detail! Great closeup shot.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-11-09 11:15]

Manyee, I do enjoy this shot.

The texture is really very fine; the image has a strong visual impact.

Congratulations on composition and sharpness too.

Nice shot Manyee,
Excellent detail, sharpness!!!! and colour. I like the idea of filling the frame with the plant, good choice.
I can't help with the ID, sorry.
Thanks for posting.

Encore une fois, like the French would say... Another geometrical perfection, I have something in same range of cacti pattern play too...

Great picture, Manyee. I love it!
Delicious colors, sharp to the top of the stings. Superb composition - nothing to be cropped off. Best regards,

Hi Manyee,
Illustrative and nice pic, I love the details and colors. good and useful note.

Excellent details of this magnificent Pachypodium! Very good composition and POV! The colors look bright and natural and contrast is nice! Great exposure too! I own a Pachypodium geayi which looks almost identical with the lamerei species and I know it hurts when you're not careful with their thorns :) Congratulations and TFS!


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