Prickly Pear Bloom
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|Prickly Pear Cactus Bloom, shot in Hickey Creek Wildlife Preserve. I tried my macro setting with this shot, although I'm not sure it would be considered macro. More like a close up to me, but it's my first :)|
Prickly pears, classified in the subgenus Opuntia, typically grow with flat, rounded segments that are armed with two kinds of spines; large, smooth, fixed spines and small, almost hairlike spines called glochids that easily penetrate skin and detach from the plant. Many types of prickly pear can grow into dense, tangled structures. Prickly pears species are found in abundance in the West and Southwest of the United States and throughout much of Mexico. Prickly pears are also the only types of cactus normally found in the eastern United States. They are the most cold-tolerant of the cacti, extending into northern Canada; one species, Opuntia fragilis var. fragilis, has been found growing along the Beatton River in the province of Alberta, southwest of Cecile Lake at 56° 17’ N latitude and 120° 39’ W longitude.
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Great start on using that macro mode. It opens up a whole new world of photography. RIch vibrant color saturation and nice sharp detail. Looks like you got the exposure perfectly. Cactus flowers are really beautiful.
- [2007-04-04 20:07]
This is wonderful, the colors are vivid, the image is sharp. Very good work Ange, thanks for sharing. Hope that colds getting better, have a great evening.
- [2007-04-04 21:48]
I love the posts,the nature in your backyard is so different than in mine.Excellent composition with lovely colours.Very good DOF.Well done.TFS
this is a very nice photo you have uploaded.It is true(your note)that we here in Alberta have cacti.The two types I have seen growing are prickly pears and the smaller pin cushions.Your picture has a nice softness to it,it is a little over-exposed but very nice with the details,did you use flash?Macro or close-up hummm... both really as a macro makes little things look big and close-ups make things look big too.The difference is just where you stand in relation to your subject.Macros are for close-up close-ups and non macro lenses for farther away close-ups.Thank you for sharing this photo as I have yet to get around to taking one for myself.I think Florida must be a very good place to live for all the variety of plants and animals you must surely have,please keep 'em coming. Bob