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The Beginning and the End

The Beginning and the End
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Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-25
Categories: Food, Nature, Decisive Moment, Macro
Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 55-200 f/4.5-5.6G ED
Exposure: f/22, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-11 1:24
Viewed: 1770
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The fully opened blossom of a Prickly Pear in perfect blooming while the end of the other before the fruit begins to ripen.

The prickly pear reigns supreme in Malta’s landscape. At this time of year, its fruits ripen and are harvested by hardy folk as a food for free. In the more rural villages, you’ll find veggie vans and shops selling the pears, spines removed thank goodness. Often, my village neighbours arrive at my door with a plastic bowl full of the fruit, peeled to reveal their jewel-like, ruby-coloured succulent flesh. I accept graciously, though I have never really got to grips with munching or spitting out the abundant seeds. Apparently, there are seedless varieties around, just not in the wild of course!

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  • Great 
  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2011-05-11 2:40]

Hi Francis...
Nice shot with so nice composition, contrast...

Bom dia Francis,

As I photographed many cacti I know how hard it is to capture and reproduce these high key yellow.
Here you are came out with the usual competence ingifting us wiath beautiful image.

Hi Francis
Lovely colors showing two extremes of life so nicely of this plant captured with fine details and beautiful diffused light.
My Best Wishes

Bonjour Francis,
Jolie prise de vue macro de ces Prickly Pear,
un qui part et un autre qui revient..
bonne idée de composition et détails,
belles couleurs avec un arrière-plant flou,
tous mes compliments,
Michel ..bonne journée

Isn't this a cactus plant? Great composition and thanks for the lovely note. I was under the impression that the fruit is poisonous. While reading your note I understood that ruby-coloured succulent flesh can be eaten. Thanks.

Hi Francis
I liked the sweet Prickly Pear liqueur, special produced of Malta.
good POV for this nice composition. very clear and sharp colors.
nicely framed. informative note.

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-05-11 9:37]

Hi Francis,

Excellente close up view of the blossom a Prickly Pear, great sharpness and perfect light.
The frame and the POV are splendid, détails are excellent To.
My best regards.

Hello Francis Xavier

A picture hot and sunny, with this golden flower-filled sun.
From life to death is the fate of the other delightfully wilted flower.
My compliments for this composition, for the note and presentation. TFS.
Beautiful evening. Warm Regards.


Very nice composition and I like the title, very appropriate. Good dof with sharp details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

Nice shot Francis. Amazing color and detail. Great texutre and dof. Well done! TFS, Lori

A very nice macro comparing the two prickly pear cactus.
My relatives have prickly pears at their home in Arizona and we've seen
rabbits eat the fruit; it's really neat how manage to go around the needles.
Nice composition and TFS.

A picture with an exceptional message, Francis!

Great approach with wonderful exposure and nice note.
The sharpness and POV are well done, and contrast between the darker surroundings and these prickly pears is amazing.
Well observed work!

Best wishes,

  • Great 
  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-05-14 8:16]


merveilleus eiamge et captage de cette fleur de cactus, superbe avec les épines, mangigique une fanée une en fleur quel contraste, super.

bravo et amitié


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