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Ice plant

Ice plant
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Copyright: Tsilla Nahari (tnahari) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 259 N: 4365] (26007)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-01
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): my flowers III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2013-06-01 2:08
Viewed: 1596
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ice plant (Carpobrotus edulis) is a succulent native to South Africa, but common in chaparral habitats around the world. Though it was once grown in California, Australia, the Mediterranean, and similar areas as a decorative plant, it has become an invasive species and a threat to native vegetation. This plant is hardy and quick to reproduce, easily growing into a thick ground cover that chokes out other plant life and depletes soil nutrients. The only reliable way to control ice plants are to uproot them physically. An ice plant is attractive, with fleshy green leaves covered with small fibers, causing them to sparkle like ice in the sun. It also features bright yellow, pink, or white flowers and edible fruit that is made into jam in South Africa. The leaves sometimes turn red or yellow. This plant was first introduced to California in the early 20th century, when it was used to stabilize soil along railroad tracks. It also became a popular garden plant, and some continue to grow it for decorative purposes today.


Common Names
Cape fig, common Hottentot fig, fig marigold, glaucous pigface, highway iceplant, Hottentot fig, ice plant, iceplant, introduced pigface, pigface, sour fig, sourfig.

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Bom dia Tsilla,
Could not be better.
Beautiful flower, captured with refinements.
Amazing POV / DOF.

Clear, sharp image and vivid colours. Well done Tsilla.

Boa tarde Tsilla,

Excellent control of light and perfect exposition to show us a wonderful white flower.
Focus is great and note, very useful.



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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2013-06-01 10:25]

Stunner of a bloom, the soft tones really grab the attention.

A little story about this plant......it was introduced to parts of the coastline in Cornwall many years ago. Now it has got so much of a hold, they have to try and cull it away from the cliff in order that other vegetation grows for the wildlife.

stv v;o))

Hi, Tsilla, Lovely capture of this beautiful flower with sharp focus, exposure and DOF to bring out the details. The natural colors and the succulent leaves form a nice contrast. Cheers.

Hi Tsilla, I like the centre of the flower, it looks like it is alive with all the furry parts reaching out. Fiona

Hello Tsilla, an excellent close up of this flower; I like the way that you present it with some of the foliage around it.
The light is beautifully managed.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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