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Soaptree Yucca

Soaptree Yucca
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Copyright: Albert Herbigneaux (albert) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 12 N: 670] (2971)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-14
Categories: Desert
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED, Polarizing filter
Exposure: f/22, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-08-28 23:29
Viewed: 3775
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Soaptree Yucca ( a closer view in workshop )
Desert plants and animals have difficulty surviving among shifting dunes !
A few plants are remarkably adapted to avoid burial by moving sand.
The Soaptree Yucca elongates its stem to keep its leaves above the sand,growing upward a foot per year.
Some plants anchor parts of a dune with their roots and keep growing on a sand pedestral even after the dune has moved on.
From Wikipedia:
The Soaptree yucca (Yucca elata) is a perennial plant in the genus Yucca in the family Agavaceae. It is native to southwestern North America, in the Sonoran Desert and Chihuahuan Desert in the United States (western Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico (Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sonora, Nuevo León).
This plant grows from 1.2-4.5 m tall, with a sparsely branched trunk. The trunk is brown, cylindrical in shape and has a small diameter and often has holes drilled by escaping Yucca moth larvae. The leaves are arranged in a dense spiral whorl at the apex of the stems, each leaf 25-95 cm long and very slender, 0.2-1.3 cm broad. The white, bell-shaped flowers grow in a dense cluster on a slender stem at the apex of the stem, each flower 32-57 mm long, creamy white, often tinged pinkish or greenish.
The Soaptree yucca's fruit is a capsule 4-8 cm long and 2-4 cm broad, maturing brown in summer, when it splits into three sections to release the black seeds. They do not flower every year.

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Dear Albert!

I'm fascinated by your picture because at a first glance it also could be a snowy landscape. The illusion almost is perfect. I also like the intense lightplay and the patterns in the foreground's sand. Moreover, your accompanying notes are interesting to read.

Kind regards


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-29 0:53]

Salut Albert,2 photos vraiment magnifiques,la meilleure maniere pour connaitre cette espece de Yucca avec des details impressionants et un travail magnifique sur la difficile lumiere....et aussi le panorama c'est pas mal eh? Merci et bonne Dimanche! Luciano

An unbelievable scenario, Albert. Never thought sand could be that white.
You have captured this tricky subject perfectly. The contrasts in particular are very effective here.
Thanks and regards.

Hi MF Albert,

I had to think about this impressive ladsscape a lot before writing anything. As Markus stated i also thought that this is a snowy scene:) That sky is just gorgeous. A nice, peaceful looking place and i really like the contrasts in this too, nicely done.
TFS and have a nice time while i absent from here!
Take care MF!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-29 4:51]

Bonjour Albert,
Un paysage hivernal à première vue...mais non,du sable, rien que du sable. étonnante image, magnifiquement bien présentée. Un cadrage parfait et des couleurs très naturelles. Un grand merci et bravo!

wow! amazing yuccas and amazing habitat, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-29 8:03]

Hello Albert,
I also thought it is snow what we see here, but now I know better. Excellent composition and good sharpness. Splendid landscape.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-31 8:44]

Hello Albert,
This is an amazing image that deserves more credit!
The white sand, the white flowers of the Yucca plants and the lighting give the impression of an exotic winter scene!
Excellent composition. lighting and sharpness.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-21 9:19]

Hi Albert.
Fantastic picture in every aspect. Pictured scene is simply stunning. Lights, colours are also amazing. However, the most impressive thing is fantastic details and lovely sharpness of all image at whole. My congratulations and thanks a lot for landscape masterpiece from you. Bravo.

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