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Palm Tree Trunk

Palm Tree Trunk
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Copyright: Murray Lines (mlines) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS400D, EFS 18-55mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-25 4:20
Viewed: 5422
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The trunk of this high altitude palm had some interesting colours and markings.

In many parts of the city, primitive mountains and forests are kept intact. There are 264 kinds of animals, including the lesser panda, as well as 2,300 kinds of plants. The most precious plant is the cycad, a 270-million-year-old rare species living in the same era as the dinosaur.

As it survived the destructive glacier of the Quaternary Period, the cycad, which is hailed a living fossil, is of great significance to the study of living things, geography and climate of ancient times, especially the origin of plants, botanists say.

More than 1.7 million years ago, because of the glacier of the Quaternary Period, at least one-third of the earth's land mass was covered with snow.

Located in a rift, Panzhihua became a haven to the cycad. A wild cycad forest covering 1,358 hectares is in Panzhihua's suburbs. China's only State-level cycad nature reserve, the forest comprises 230,000 wild cycads, believed to be the world's largest and northernmost wild cycad forest.

In the forest, 136,000 are fully-grown cycads and the rest are saplings. Cycads seldom blossom. But the ones in Panzhi-hua blossom once every May.

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Hello Murray,
This is interesting, the trunk looks like a piece of abstract art!
Attractive colours and details, well seen...
Interesting information given in note!
Pablo -

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-25 14:10]

Hi Murray,
never had such a close look at a palms bark, but I must say its quite interesting. A lot of great colors and details and you captured it quite well. Good sharpness and the frame filling composition works well.

My gosh Murray, I recall being in a museum and seeing this one framed!
I forget the artist's name! I think the title was "Barking up the wrong tree"...
Tfs this innovative - and informative - presentation. I like it! ;j.

PS The colours are like ink or paint!

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-29 18:57]

Hello Murray,
Indeed, this looks very much like an abstract painting. An excellent capture with tight composition. I would perhaps crop out the out of focus area on the left. Well-seen and photographed.
Best wishes,

Hi Murray,

A good close-up POB of the palm tree trunk, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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