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Flowering Cactus

Flowering Cactus
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-28
Categories: Cacti
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-30 19:40
Viewed: 4552
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Scientific Name: Cleistocactus winteri
Synonym: Hildewintera aureispina, Loxanthocereus aureispinus, Winterocereus aureispinus, Borzicactus aureispinus, Winteria aureispina, Cleistocactus aureispinus
Family: Cactaceae

Origin: Argentina to Uruguay

It is also called Golden Rat Tail or Monkey Tail Cactus

Growth Habits:

Columnar cactus forming masses of columns, up to 3 feet tall (90 cm),
stems 2.5 inches in diameter (6 cm);
16 to 17 ribs; spines 50, 0.16 to 0.4 inch long (0.4 to 1 cm)

It has golden yellow spines on slender stems that flower from December to February in NZ

Yes, it has an ant on it – it doesn’t seem to mind the spikes.

rkailas, nirmalroberts, alguazul, rcrick, Patleboss, Jamesp, TAZ, uleko, fiyo, boreocypriensis, marhowie, Alex99, hester has marked this note useful
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Hi Janice

Brilliant POV and superb lighting in this one. The colors are natural, the BG is perfect and I really like the ant that is on the flower.

TFS and Best

Hi Janice,
Amazing, très imprssionnant tou y est la macro de la fleur , la fourmi,la très bele composition , les couleurs riches, et la netteté.

Hi Janice,
Beautiful cactus flower. Nice picture. Very good light effect. TFS.
- Nirmal

Hi Janice,

Great composition, and beautiful lighting. Great shot. TFS

Beautiful cactus beautiful lighting. Great shot....

Bonito contraluz, con la compañía de espinas y esa hormiga caminando sobre la flor.
Tres belle

Hello Janice,
Very very nice picture, realy artistic and technicaly perfect
Colours, background and composition are just splendid, litle ant add well on this one,
excellent post,

Hi Janice
Beautiful composition, stunning backlight, excellent detail and colour, really nice work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-30 23:49]

Hi Janice

Excellent POV and detail. I like the light shining through the petals very much. Well seen and captured.


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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-01-31 0:04]

Hello dear Janice,
Artistic shot for our pleasure !
The "+++" : composition, nice subject, POV, sharpness, DOF, blurred dark BG, contrast on BG, exposure and superb light, useful complementary note...
The "-" : nothing as usual...
Bravo my friend and thanks for sharing,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-31 0:53]

Hello Janice,
Very fine backlit capture of this beautiful cactus flower. Great sharpness and lovely colours. Excellent composition too.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-31 3:12]

Hello Janic,
Excellent detail with your perfect focus. outstanding exposure and very true colors.TFS

Hello Janice!
A wonderfull capture of this flower of Castus with an ant and nice colours. Well done. TFS friend.


What a beautiful image,
I like the framing in the diagonal,
Great job and the lighting is superb,


Beautiful image Janice, the light here is wonderful and transforms the capture. Excellent color, detail/DOF and the black BG works very well.
I like this one a whole big bunch :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-31 10:44]

Hi Janice.
You have shared a true masterpiece. I like your art poetic shot so much. Subject is great. Lighting is wonderful. Composition is superb. Details are terrific. Even tiny ant is visible. Bravo. Superb work.

Hola Janice, una encantadora toma a contaluz con un precioso contraste, un buen encuadre y unos contrastes cuidados y elegantes colores.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

Oh, sure... now you are just trying to show me up with your own original cacti images taken from interesting perspectives. LOL!!!

Btw, ants and any number of other insects are attracted to cactus blossoms because they are rich in nutrients. It is almost as if cacti are overreacting to their harsh environment in order to survive. They don't call them succulents for nothing.

Hi Janice,
What a great photo. You managed to make a cactus appear soft while most of the time its looks hard and tough. The backlight is wonderful and brought out the details of the flower most beautifully. I like the inclusion of the ant and the central framing. I might opt for cloning out the purple spot in the center. But that aint allowed on TN.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-02 13:36]

Hi janice

Great POV and I love the light through the petail. Nicely sharp as well. The insect is an added bonus



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-02 21:35]

Hello Janice

Very beautiful!
Like a tiny explosion of colour on the cactus surface.
The focus is sharp with lovely detail,the ant is a nice accent.
I like the effect of the lighting here.
Very good contrast and colours.
The POV and DOF is excellent.


Hi Janice,
This is amzingly beautiful Janice, the composition on this back lit flowering cactus is excellent and the lighting effect really bring out the image. Well done. :)

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