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Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-22
Categories: Desert
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flower(Yellow) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-13 7:59
Viewed: 3084
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Cactus Flowers

All cactuses produce flowers. Areoles are where both spines and flowers usually originate. They are distributed in a pattern along the stems and sometimes have felt and long hairs. Again dependent on the cactus species, flowers can be white or a bright color such as yellow, orange, red, or lavender. For most cactuses, flowers are short-lived; the bloom lasts only a few days. Some flowers open only at night. In a few species, the bloom opens for a day or less before withering and falling off. The short blooming period of cactuses lessens the amount of water that evaporates through their soft petals.

In the cactus family, it is difficult to distinguish between the sepals and petal of flowers. They gradually change from one to the other, going from green to brightly colored. These perianth flower parts, the outer envelope, and numerous stamens are joined at their bases into a floral tube. These floral tubes also vary in length from one species to another. The floral tube in turn arises from the ovary. The ovary forms the lowest part of the flower and is where seeds develop and become fruit. The cactus ovary may be spiny, hairy, scaly, or smooth.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-07-13 8:13]

Hi Jane
Beautiful sharp image.Very good composition .Also nice colors and details , the BG is lovely.
TFS Michel

Hello Jane,
My special compliment toward this outstanding photo of yours!
absolute sharpness with details, good exposure and focus especially the reflection from the petals
very well done indeed
friend Tony

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-13 8:28]

Hi Jane

Lovely focus and colour. I really like the composition too.


Intéressant cactus qui est arrivé dans ma région il y a une centaine d'années. Attention... qui s'y frotte s'y pique.
Bonne journée.

Hi Jane,
A beautiful flower of this cactus. It is very common at our place. We call it "NagaPheni". Thanks a lot for sharing. Sorry :D later.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-13 9:31]

Hello Jane,
Magnificent cactus flower you've captured here. Wonderful yellow colour and sharpness is great. I like the silky looking petals! Fine background too showing a few nasty spikes!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Jane
Excellent shot of this wonderful Cactus Flower,
Great focusing,compo and sharpness,
Perfect lighting and DOF,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-13 9:36]
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Hello Jane,
Fine capture of a yellow cactus flower set in a good composition with excellent sharpness and color.
Is this another species of cactus or is it a yellow variety of the red one you posted not so long ago?
TFS and have a good weekend,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-13 9:40]

The texture in these lovely petals is simply outstanding! I am frankly amazed at the degree of sharpness in this since f/3.3 is rather shallow!
Superb work

Hi Jane,
So delicate and amazingly sharp details...Simply outstanding! Marta

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-07-13 11:48]

Jane, a great photo, a very interesting note.

I like colors, sharpness and saturation.

Great contrast and composition too.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-13 13:59]

Hi Jane . This is beatiful. .the colour is so bright. very good detail and a nice top POV/DOF. good notes too. very well done TFS.
Nick.. have a good weekend.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-07-13 17:48]

Hola Jane. Una bella flor de "Nopal" Los colores amarillos de sus petalos son muy llamativos. Me agradan tambien los otros rebrotes que pronto seran unas flores y luego unas sabrosas "Tunas".
Saludos Luis52.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-14 0:40]

Hi Jane,
Beautiful flower. Amazing how these ugly and thorny cactus' bear such lovely and colourful flowers. Fantastic yellow colour and the velvety sheen on them makes it look majestic. Very neat focus and sharp details. Excellent POV, DOF and composition. Kudos.

Good bright sun on the yellow color of the flowers. We get a good sense of the heat on the ground. Very nice. Reid

Hi Jane, lovely flower with splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

A wonderful cactus flower from your 2005 collection, Jane. The petals of this flower look as if they were made from jade.
Beautiful colours, composition and fine details.
Well done and regards.

Hi Jane,
Very delicate picture with an explosion of yellows
sharp focus to display details, great exposure,
TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Beautiful photo os a cactus rose...Exceptional DOF...Fantastic colors and detail...Really nice...TFS

Beautiful shot - you captured the iridescence of the petals. Wonderful manner of putting the spines into the photo without distracting from the flower. Great shot!

Hola Jane,
Precioso macro de este bello cactus, buena definición, la luz y el color me parecen magníficos, Saludos
José Ramón

selam, Great shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-14 10:04]

Hi Jane.
Thi is very beautiful and well focused picture.I like reproductions details on textures on petans.Well composed with great upper POV.Colors are beautiful and fantasting light too.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-14 11:00]

Hi Jane,
what a beautiful flower.
It's amazing what the spiky plants can produce!!
Sharp and detailed.
Well done,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-07-14 11:47]

Hi Jane

Nicely sharp, well composed and lovely colours. Good exposure as well in what probably was quite strong sunlight



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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-14 13:37]

What a beautiful almost translucent yellow. Outstanding focus with very nice edges. The exposure is perfect to really show the beauty of a fresh catcus bloom.
I would be very tempted to crop very close to the flower on this one and possibly a square crop. I usually do not like square crop, but I think it would work well in an overhead shot such as this.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-14 16:25]

Hello Jane,
Fantastic capture, this a beautiful flower that I'm used to see, it is very sharp and well focused.
Excellent markings, great POV and composition. You managed well
under the hot sun.. Congratulations
..Well Done

"I'll Be Back"

Hi Jane,
This thorny plant produces gorgeous flowers. Perfect sharpness with details clearly seen. Vivid colors. Very well done and tfs.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-16 1:24]

Hello Jane

Beautiful clarity on this shot,the focus and details are sharp.The lighting is excellent.The colours are well saturated.Nicely done.TFS


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