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I have no idea what this plant is

I have no idea what this plant is
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Copyright: Scott Everett (skot) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 10 N: 77] (453)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-18
Categories: Nature, Abstract
Camera: Nikon D-70s, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Plants [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-04 22:48
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Like I said, I have no idea what this plant is. Last month, I took my photo group out to a local arboretum for a photowalk.

Talk about a bust!

I thought it would be a much more natural garden, but soon found out that they hadn't planted the full-blossomed flowers yet.

I went back a couple weeks ago and shot some photos on my own after another member of my group had done the same and reported it in full color.

Of course, instead of taking advantage of the color, I ended up shooting this relatively monochrome image. Oh well, I have others.


Note: f-stop was wide on my macro lens (I usually shoot at f/16 or smaller) because this plant was particularly shaded and I needed the faster shutter speed.

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To mporterf: mmm, mmm, goodskot 3 05-05 12:26
To Karyn674: Thanks!skot 2 05-05 11:55
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Hi Scott,

This is a beautiful succulent by the name of Agave Victoria-reginae. Native to Mexico it is considered to be an endangered plant.

Blooms in summer, it has a long life cycle and sets flowers after approximately 20 to 30 years of vegetative growth, and the effort to produce the flowers exhausts the plant which dies within a short time. No wonder it's become endangered!

Beautiful photo. Colour, lights and patterns all please the eye.



you have captured some lovely light that lifts this image into something special have you tried a bl/wh version?tfs

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2009-05-05 0:16]

beautiful macro shot of a succulent, I like the white lines on the leaves of this plant

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2009-05-05 0:49]

nice sharppic
good artistic coverage
nice pattern
a natural pattern
well done

Scott, who cares what this is called! All I have to say isóWOW!

Super contrast, light and shadow showing vertically as well as horizontally from the white partition lines of the plant.

And then the symmetry, and the fact that you chose such interesting framing.

Excellent crisp shot. Based on the comment by Karyn674 I now know what an Agave plant looks like. We buy Agave nectar all the time as an interesting alternative to honey.


hello Scott
perfect macro photo

I have no idea either, but I really like your photograph of it!

The patterns of green edged with white, of the individual leaves (blades? petals?) and the natural gradient of light through the frame is given extra impact by your composition here.

Very nice work

What makes this simple shot interesting is the play of light and shadow as well as the contrast between the green and the white outlines. The off center to the left composition is perfect. And sharpness is very good. Well done, Scott.

I have tried many shots like this one but each time they were dull and ended up being deleted.


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