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Aloe
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Copyright: Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 271 W: 0 N: 286] (3684)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-13
Categories: Savannah
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-22 0:33
Viewed: 4122
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Aloe, also written AloŽ, is a genus containing about four hundred species of flowering succulent plants. The most common and well known of these is Aloe vera, or "true aloe".

The genus is native to Africa, and is common in South Africa's Cape Province, the mountains of tropical Africa, and neighbouring areas such as Madagascar, the Arabian peninsula, and the islands off Africa.

The APG II system (2003) placed the genus in the family Asphodelaceae. In the past it has also been assigned to families Aloaceae and Liliaceae or lilly family. Members of the closely allied genera Gasteria, Haworthia and Kniphofia, which have a similar mode of growth, are also popularly known as "aloes". Note that the plant sometimes called "American aloe" (Agave americana) belongs to Agavaceae, a different family.

Most Aloe species have a rosette of large, thick, fleshy leaves. The leaves are often lance-shaped with a sharp apex and a spiny margin. Aloe flowers are tubular, frequently yellow, pink or red and are borne on densely clustered, simple or branched leafless stems.

Many species of Aloe appear to be stemless, with the rosette growing directly at ground level; other varieties may have a branched or unbranched stem from which the fleshy leaves spring. They vary in colour from grey to bright-green and are sometimes striped or mottled. Some Aloes native to South Africa are arborescent.

Exposure Time: 1/395
F-Stop: f/14.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 140/1 mm
Date Taken: 2008-09-13 16:21

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-22 1:01]

Hi Achim.
I have never seen blossoming aloe before. You have presented these wonderful flowers perfectly. I like very attractive brownish colour palette, fine framing of the plants and great their sharpness against a pleasantly blurred BG. My compliments and TFS.
Alexei.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-06-22 12:16]

Hello Achim,
This is an excellent shot. The composition and framing look great to me. I love the beautiful soft colors on the flower. Nice detail and depth here.

Best regards Siggi

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