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Hanging Gardens

Hanging Gardens
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Copyright: Everton De Melo (demeve) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-26
Categories: Desert
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-15 13:44
Viewed: 2827
Points: 12
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Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris)

Hiking in the desert of Arizona I often come across many
interesting plants and rock formations, but this one in
particular caught my attention because it was a mix of both world and what is interesting is that this particular cacti is found only in the ground... Hummm


The Beavertail Cactus is found in southwest USA, mostly in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, and also in northwest Mexico. The Beavertail Cactus is a smaller prickly pear cactus growing about 60 cm tall. A single plant may consist of hundreds of fleshy, flattened pads. These are blue-gray, growing to a length of 14 cm and are maximum 10 cm wide and 1 to 1.5 cm thick. They are usually spineless, but have instead small barbed bristles, called glochids, that easily penetrate the skin. The rose purple flowers bloom from spring to early summer.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-04-15 16:53]

Hola Everton.
Scene very common arround here Of this kind of Cactus. But You show it in a very diffrent and great way, with a lot of fine details.
I almost upload one of them today, but insted it was a Black Bird.
TFS My friend.
Saludos. Un Abrazo.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-04-15 19:26]

Nicely composed shot Everton!!
I love to see the different types of cactus plants you have out in Arizona. Whenever we visit my daughter in Phoenix we take a trip to the desert just to view the many unusual plants and rock formations, your photo shows us both!!
Great shot with wonderful detail and color!! TFS.

Hi and Good Morniing Everton, a fine capture of this cactus growing on the rock from wonderful low POV and details.
TFS and cheers,

Hi Everton,

This are a nice picture and good composition.
Exellent pov wit fine colours.


Hi Everton,

I like this composition. It's not cluttered - just plant, sky, and rock, and they're all well presented and fill the frame very nicely. I especially like the contrast of the cool blue sky and the warmer tone of the rock, with the the green of the cacti in between the two. This makes me miss the Arizona desert.

Thanks for sharing!


Hola Everton,
gracias por el comentario.
Tu foto interesante de esos ( higos chumbos que llaman en mi tierra )Opuntia de zonas cálidas.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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