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Mesquite Ice

Mesquite Ice
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-19
Categories: Trees
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 70-300mm 1:4-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-20 5:37
Viewed: 3420
Points: 34
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Yesterday morning I went outside and the landscape was painted white. Morning frost covered everything. It look like it had snowed.

The frozen leaf is from a dead mesquite tree.
From DesertUSA.com:

Mesquite is the most common shrub/small tree of the Desert Southwest. Like many members of the Legume Family (called Fabaceae these days), mesquite restores nitrogen to the soil. There are 3 common species of mesquite: Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), Screwbean Mesquite (Prosopis pubescens ) and Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis velutina).

All 3 are deciduous and have characteristic bean pods which have long been used by humans, wildlife and livestock as a food source. It is estimated that over 75% of a Coyote's diet in late summer is mesquite beans.

Native Americans relied on the mesquite pod as a dietary staple from which they made tea, syrup and a ground meal called pinole. They also used used the bark for basketry, fabrics and medicine. A favorite of bees and other insects, mesquite flowers produce a fragrant honey.

The taproots, which can be larger than the trunk, are often dug up for firewood. Next to Ironwood, mesquite is the best firewood of the desert, because it burns slowly and is smokeless. The wood is also used for fenceposts, tool handles and to create aromatic charcoal for barbecuing.
Medical studies of mesquite and other desert foods, said that despite its sweetness, mesquite flour (made by grinding whole pods) "is extremely effective in controlling blood sugar levels" in people with diabetes. The sweetness comes from fructose, which the body can process without insulin. In addition, soluble fibers, such as galactomannin gum, in the seeds and pods slow absorbtion of nutrients, resulting in a flattened blood sugar curve, unlike the peaks that follow consumption of wheat flour, corn meal and other common staples.

"The gel-forming fiber allows foods to be slowly digested and absorbed over a four- to six-hour period, rather than in one or two hours, which produces a rapid rise in blood sugar,"

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-20 5:47]

Hi Angelina. you have captured the leaf with the frost so well. good detail and use ofthe light to give a shine to the frost. a nice POV/DO. well done TFS.

Wow how cool is that (no pun intended). Fantastic fun with depth of field...better than my frosty icy shots. I like it a lot. Simple yet sincere...Great Angel!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-20 8:12]

Hi Angy,

A very simple and artistic shot. The ice shows up perfectly against the fine background. I'm happy to report that there is no ice on my mesquite. But it does happen every few years.


Hi Angelina,
A lovely almost BW capture with little red in it. Very well composed and well seen. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Angy,
very sharp details on the leaf with frost!
best DOF in good clarity, real colour and details in the shot!
many thanks for sharing

Hello Angelina,
Yeah, don't feel too safe, the cold can hit anywhere!!
This is a lovely composition, where you make well use of backlight to really enhance the subject...
An attractive image that would look good framed on the wall!
Pablo -

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-20 10:21]

Great frosty image Angy!
I went out this morning hoping to find some frosty photos but instead found horrible cold drizzle and gales :-( Apparently it is the warmes winter for a decade or something here... no snow for us then! :(

Anyway back to this wonderful photo!
Artistic composition that is very pleasing :)
Sharp and very detailed - I love how the plant is rimmed with frost.
Wonderful lighting and even exposure.
Great DOF and BG.
Excellent work Angy!
Kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-20 10:27]

Hi Angie,very great idea for a great pic,the position of light is wonderfull and the sharpness too,thanks a lot ,i love this pic so much,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Angelina,
a very nice, poetically reduced presentation of the fairytale effects of morning frost on plants. Having had similar conditions here in the lowlands of the cold parts of Europe for weeks, whole forests covered with fine particles of ice ihave become a pleasantly familiar sight to me. The image coming from subtropical Texas now comes a surprise to me. Enjoy! Thank you for sharing that pretty observation with us.
Best regards,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-20 19:49]

Hi Angelina.
Very artistic photo here of this Mezquite. Nice presentation and very well framed. I also like the colors.
We have a lot of this shurb here too.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-20 19:51]

Hi Angelina

Lovely composition - the framing is really good. The light shining through the hoar frost really works well.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-21 9:15]

Hi Angelina.
Nice art picture of tender theme. Grey smooth BG and crisp sharp frozen twig are combined so nicely. Well done and bet regards.

Great shot of the morning sun on the frost. It has been cold lately hasn't it. I do wish it would snow like last year. Maybe we will get luck at least once this winter. Hell, I'd settle for an ice storm :)

Yes, and the other 25% of the coyote's diet is housecats, LOL! I hated hearing that when I lived in San Diego...

Wonderful capture, we had snow in Georgia two days ago, crazy weather!


Unos detalles magníficos Angelina.
Buen bg y acertado encuadre.
Estupendo comentario.
Saludos, JL.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-25 3:36]

Hello Angelina,
This is a beautiful subject you've found here!! Frost makes everything looks so lovely!
Excellent focus, sharp details and fine colours and it stands out very well against the dark background. I'm sorry I haven't had a closer look at this before as I really like it very much!! Interesting note too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-03 0:30]

Hi Angelina,
Wonderful shot of these frosted leaves. Very artistic presentation and the lighting makes it more dynamic. the darkish BG helps in highlighting the subjects and the image is neat and sharp. Excellent POV and a marvellous composition. Kudos.

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