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Cardon - South American Saguarro

Cardon - South American Saguarro
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-01
Categories: Desert, Cacti
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): TN Classics [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-12 7:13
Viewed: 5390
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I am posting a picture of a cardon cactus from the desert NW of Argentina. I have tried to find some information about this particlar subspecies, but have not been successful. They are massive cacti and some species grow much larger than Saguarro (look in my Mexico folder - there is a bigger, but less spiney species there).

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-12-12 8:41]

Hello James, great shot of this cordon cactus and wonderful landscape capture.
TFS and G's,

This is the "Classic" cactus...the ones which is almost archetypal in everyone's mind even down to the graphic artists and cartoonist..and the back lighting works for you...

Hello James,
Wonderful shot of these cordon cactuses with lovely colours and superb lighting. Very nice composition.
TFS and Regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-12 10:02]

Hi Neighbor,

Now these look very familiar to me! They are quite similar to our Sagguaros. I like the vertical composition wirh the mountains behind the big cactus.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-12 10:28]

Hello James,
very nice colours in your composition!
Great clarity!
Lovely perspective and nice frame!
Excellent done!
Regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-12 10:28]

Hi James. This picture takes me back to the 60s when i watched Cowboys and Indians. Just he landscape you would exspect to see them. Good detail and colours. well done TFS.

Have a good weekend.

Hi James,

Great shot of these cactus.
Beautiful landscape picture and also with beautiful colours.


HI James,
Espectacular cactus el que nos muestras, de momento no he tenido ocasión de ver éstas bellezas, muy buena foto. TFS. Ferran

Hi James,
Very good capture of this Cardon Cactus; great POV and composition, sharp details, good DOF, beautiful colours an BG.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-12 17:45]

Hello James,
Splendid image of this giant cactus with the amazing spines showing very well with the backlighting. Great job James.

A very beautiful shot, definitely not uncommon, but still holds its own! The POV is again not very different, but something makes this shot stand out...A classic, yes it is!
Respect, my friend James!

Hello James

All I have to do is look at cacti and I can get pricked.LOL.
I would hate to go near one of these giants.
This is wonderful,well composed and exposed.
The details are sharp with lovely colour.
I still say it would be easier to ask you where you haven't been ,that list would be shorter than where you have been.


These are giant cacti, James.
The picture also shows us the habitat in which they grow in Argentina. The depth of view is great in this image.
TFS and regards.

Hello James
Nice presentation of this cardon cactus in its natural environment. Nice landscape with good DOF

Wonderful cactus. This is a furrier looking version of the saguaro.
The landscape reminds me a lot of Arizona.
Well composed photo. Great details and perfect lighting!

hello James

each time i see you in a new continent ! and now in South America,
excellent shot of this cardon cactus with fine POV, DOF
and appropriate framing, beautiful luminosity,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Olá James

Uma bonita foto de uma bonita paisagem. A composição ficou bastante interessante com o cactus em primeiro plano. Ótima textura.
Parabéns pelo trabalho.
Grande abraço,

Hi Brother james, great capture of this cactus with fiene details and composition. This is also a splendid landscape shot. Your POV wonderful and there is a great DOF that makes this capture amazing.
TFS and have a nice Sunday,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-14 4:37]

Hello James,
This is a most impressive Cactus in an arid but exciting environment. Excellent focs and details and beautiful colours. Well composed too!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-14 13:57]

Excellent shot from your archives!
This place looks very hot :-)
Very sharp.
Superb composition.

Well done James!


Hello James,
How are you! it almost a year now since your last trip to NZ in Christmas time, the time travel fast and it almost one year on!
thank you for sharing this giant cactus from Argentina! the landscape is beautiful as well
take care and warmest regards

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-15 1:01]

Hello James,
what a stunning, wonderful capture.
great perspective and sharpness.
Have a great day

Ciao James,
alla tua galleria si aggiungono continuamente bellissime immagini dei luoghi più disparati della Terra sempre colti con grande capacità tecnica, ma soprattutto cogliendo l'essenza di questi luoghi che visiti; ottimi POV e DOF, molto buona la nitidezza, bellissimi i colori.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-15 4:57]

Hello James,
A great well-scanned, well composed shot of a massive Cardon cactus growing in its natural habitat. We saw smaller version of these in the Lanzarote cactus gardens.

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