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Bromeliad - Cloud Forest

Bromeliad - Cloud Forest
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-01
Categories: Trees, Mountain, Lichens
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-22 16:45
Viewed: 6478
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another image from the Andean Cloud Forest plants (more info in previous posts). Light conditions were quite poor so I am quite happy with the result although it is not the best...

This is a epiphytic plant from the Bromeliad family. These plants grow on anything that can support them - from tree branches to bare rock cliffs. Bromeliads are very common in the cloud forest, they have impressive flowers (you can see a dry flower in the image - I will post one blooming later) and provide a habitat for many insects and amphibians.

More info from wikipedia:
Bromeliaceae (the bromeliads) is a large family of flowering plants native to the tropical and warm temperate New World. The family includes both epiphytes, such as Spanish moss Tillandsia usneoides, and ground plants, such as the Pineapple Ananas comosus. Christopher Columbus was the first European to come into contact with the pineapple and took it back to Europe after his first voyage. Many bromeliads are able to store water in a "tank" formed by their tightly-overlapping leaf bases. However, the family is diverse enough to include the tank bromeliads, grey-leaved epiphytic Tillandsia species which gather water only from leaf structures called trichomes, and even a large number of desert-dwelling succulents.

The largest bromeliad is Puya raimondii, which reaches 3-4 m tall in vegetative growth with a flower spike 9-10 m tall, and the smallest is probably Spanish moss.

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Extraña planta multicolor, que muestra las distintas fases de la misma.
Agradable el color y la luz.
Saludos, JL.

Looks interesting. Grows on cliffs and branches? I can think of better places to grow! I like the contrast of green and red in the photo, and the frame is perfect. Well done!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-23 4:14]

Hello Shir,
Wonderful close up.POV,colors,sharpness,lighting and composition are excellent.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-10-24 15:04]

Hi shir,
Quite an amazing flower...I really liked the note and I'm waiting to see the flower in bloom.An interesting POV as you have taken a profile angle.Good detail and clarity.The light not such a problem.
Regards, David

Hi Shir,
Colourful image.
Good compo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-10-26 15:57]

Hello Shir,
I like the way you've got a large interesting Bromeliad as well as some terrific lichens in the tree behind in this shot. Nicely composed and beautiful colours.
TFS, Ulla

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