Flower of Phoenix canariensis
|Copyright: Duska Stankovic (duskadragan021) (103)|
|Date Taken: 2005-09-20|
|Exposure: f/2.8, 1/400 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-06-28 18:27|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
Name - Commonly called Canary Island date palm, Phoenix, pronounced FEE-nix, is the Greek name for date palm.
Description - It is one of several phoenix palms which can be grown indoors and can become quite large, though they are slow growing (Size: 40-60ft with frond spread of 20-40ft, slow growing reaching 10ft in 15 years). Young specimens grow upright and later become more like the classic date palm shape. The stem is brown and husk-like and the fronds a light emerald green.
Family - Palmae
Origin - Tropics
Care Tips - Very bright position. Enjoys a spell outside in the summer but do not let the temperature fall below 15°C (59°F) in the winter. Keep the rootball slightly moist at all times and you will need to water plentifully in the summer but do not let it stand in water. Feed with weak solution in spring and summer. Mist often in dry atmospheres.
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The image is well lit and exposed despite the scattered sunlight, a tough situation. nice job. However, overall it is just too busy. There are distracting branches cutting across the frame which carry the eye away from the subject. Still I imagine it was difficult to find a clear view, and we work with what we have. A telephoto may have allowed you to tighten up the shot a bit more on the flower, focus on the pattern rather than the setting. You could even crop this image a bit and get an idea of what the result could be. Thanks for sharing
I have similar pictures of palm blossoms posted here on the TN, Duska. You can have a look if you so wish. These are very fascinating and unusual flowers that are very delicate in their early appearance when they just emerge out of the oblong pods.
I was just wondering: your data says they blossom in September in your part of the world whereas that happens here in Saudi Arabia in the month of April.
Good eye level capture of this supmtous bunch.