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Stinging beauty (III)

Stinging beauty (III)
著作権: petru damsa (petrudamsa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 77 N: 725] (2544)
ジャンル: Plants
メディア: カラー
撮影した年: 2001-04
カテゴリー: DesertCacti
カメラ: Minolta HT-SI, Minolta AF 35-70
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Cactus Flowers [view contributor(s)]
アップロードした日: 2005-12-28 4:09
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Name: Opuntia acanthocarpa
Buckhorn cholla
Family: Cactaceae

The Opuntia genus is split in three subgenera, depending on the stems shape: the Corynthopuntias have club shaped stems; the regular Opuntias have flattened stems; the Cylindropuntias have cylindric stems.

O. acanthocarpa belongs to Cylindropuntias.This cholla is common in Arizona, Southwestern Nevada, Western California, presenting a wide subspecies variety. The usual color of the plant is green, but under harsh conditions (cold wheather or drought) becomes reddish.
Flowers are big and showy, usualy yellow but sometimes orange or red too.
The Pima Indians are steaming and eating the flower buds.

This is my third post in the "Stinging beauties" serie. I just want to show you that Arizona desert is more than needles and spines.
Here are the other two I posted:
Stinging beauty
Stinging beauty(II)

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To scottevers7: Best timepetrudamsa 1 12-28 08:51

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Hi Petru,
Excellent shot on this stinging beauty. Very well saturated colors. Breautiful yellows. Nice sharp detail and good DOF. Your other stinging beauties look great also. What is the best time of year to see these? I am guessing early spring in the desert.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-12-28 11:04]

Good one again Petru, another nice pair ! Colorful and well composed. Thanks !


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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-28 11:07]

Hello Petru,
Such beauty among thorns! Super nice composition! I love the colors!
Very nice!

Hi Petru,
wow, sunny colours, I love this flowers very much. This one makes me feel good in these grey days, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Well framed with good color and light Petru. I like your title also, Well done & Happy New Year!!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-12-29 12:05]

Hi Petru,
Great Cactus flowers macro shot.I love them,too:)
Nice pov,colors,conrast,focus,note,frame and sharpness.TFS


Excellent colors and a great composition!
well Done:)


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  • pranab (20)
  • [2006-12-12 2:40]

wonderful color saturation and clarity. great macro with great amount of details. you have used the light very well here.

How do you know this is Opuntia acanthocarpa and not Opuntia versicolor?

I have been struggling trying differentiating those two species. The green stemmed versicolor is a lot like the acanthocarpa.

Btw... I added your cactus blossom pictures to the 'cactus flower' theme I started. Hope that is OK with you.

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