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Copyright: Per Hoj (hojper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 52 W: 4 N: 78] (224)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-01-30
Categories: Cacti
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2004-09-15 16:11
Viewed: 19428
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Agave or the Century Plant or the Century Aloe or the American Aloe or whatever you may call it is a funny thing. It has been cultivated (yes, I know) and used by man for close to 9000 years, and still it grows wild and to many of us is the symbol of wild Mediterranenean countryside. These three plants are just about to flower and after that they wither and die. But it doesn't take a century before they flower as the name would have us suppose, but closer to twenty years on average. Behind the cactus on the right there is another agave flower.
This shot was resized and sharpened slightly with PSP.

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Is a McDonals`s spot? lol

Es un comercial de McDonals? jajaj

Linda foto, nitidez, claridad. Felicitaciones.

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  • gbac Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 8] (76)
  • [2004-09-15 16:36]

These plants are very artistic, the composition is perfect and a good sharpness.
Well done Per.

Per, I have heard of this plant before but never seen one. It looks out of this world. "Feed me Seymour" came to mind. You have captured the plant and landscape nicely. Well done. I sthis the stuff they made the original "Tequila" from?

This is a good shot Per and very interesting note. Great looking landscape to. Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-09-16 3:04]

I have something similar in my garden and hopefully it will not take as long to flower. This shot is beautiful and I am glad you included more of the lanscape. The DOF is very good and I like the composition. Thanks for posting.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-16 6:08]

Very interesting, flowers the photo is very good but maybe a little too bright? Excellent note. Good work.

Pamela, that made me laugh - Organic McDonalds maybe?

Sympa mais je la trouve un peu grise ... vu les ombres, cette photo a été prise sous un soleil trop haut donc me parait un peu plate , ceci dit chouette vue et belle netetée.

Interesting note - interesting plant. Like the scenic view in background. I agree with Paul that is's a bit bright though..

Per it's very informative,
I have been many years too La Palma and I never know the name ot those plant, very niced shot, with a good perspective. good work

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-16 12:04]

Alors ça c'est une plante étonnante dans un décor peu courant ! Luminosté un peu forte...

You have a good image here, but I think that it is too sharp or contrasty. This happens in some of your other recent images too and might be the result of over sharpening, particularly of the highlights. The workshop someone made corrects this a bit. You've fit this interesting plant in there well. I've seen tequilla plants in Spain which look a little different, but I believe do the same sort of thing and launch of a huge (but straight) mast after 30 years.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-16 14:06]

Maravillosa vista de esta planta Per, la cual nunca habia tenido la oportunidad de apreciar de esta manera.
Excelente presentacion, con bellos tonos y gran encuadre.

Wonderful vision of this plant Per, which never I had the opportunity to appreciate this way.
Excellent presentation, with beautiful tones and great frame.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-09-16 14:17]

Hi Per
I love this. I have a picure of myself lying below such a flower, photographing it. This looks great, and a nicenote too.

I had never seen this ones. The light & textures are lovely, good note.

Yes, the big 'M'. I bet many an insect has enjoyed a snack here.

I've never seen such a plant like this before, and so glad you posted this one. The colours seem a little faded in the background, but still a very good shot.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-09-17 14:19]

Per, here a beautiful picture, perfectly colours a much depth and very sharp. Lovely image!

Very nice shot of an agave plant, well composed, good sharpening and DOF is well captured.



Unusual shot, Per! Looks like a petrified octopus :-). I like the presence in the middle of nowhere, the multiple colors on the three branches and the detail in the leaves. Background with just a bit of sky gives also a very good idea of the situation. It was perhaps not the right moment of the day to shoot this, but, the well arranged framing makes this shot very catchy.

Great view of the blooming Agave. I guess in a desert climate, a plant really has to advertise. Great composition. Well done.

Only in green-tones...
It's a wonderful piece of art, this detail of nature. Great sharpness, beautiful lines, nice, the Agave or the Century Plant or the Century Aloe or the American Aloe or whatever we may call it !

Don't they also make liquor from them? I have cut myslef on them so many times. they grow wild in california....... wonder if the spanish brought them there?

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  • Maru Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-12-07 20:23]

Great shot! Specially because you photograph two different kind of agave plants with the flowers, quite difficult to find and do. The composition and sharpness are perfect. Well done!

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  • Junim Gold Star Critiquer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 1] (6)
  • [2005-01-28 22:14]

Very interesting this plant. The photo very is well fit and perfect! Congratulations!

first i like the way u describe the plant. 2nd the compo & lighting r excellent. do u have a macro shot of the flower?

amazing capture, TFS Ori

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