Hugging Not Recommended
|Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume)
|Date Taken: 2009-04-09|
|Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, Leica 36-432mm|
|Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-05-09 20:24|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Tree hugging is not recommended for the Honey locust.|
The Honey locust (Gleditsia triacanthos) is a deciduous tree native to eastern North America. Despite its name, Honey locust is not a significant honey plant. The name derives from the sweet taste of the legume pulp, which was used for food by Native American people, and can also be fermented to make beer.
Honey locusts commonly have thorns 10–20 cm long growing out of the branches; these may be single, or branched into several points, and commonly form dense clusters. The thorns are fairly soft and green when young, harden and turn red as they age, then fade to ash grey and turn brittle when mature. These thorns are thought to have evolved to protect the trees from browsing Pleistocene megafauna which may also have been involved in seed dispersal. In the past, the hard thorns of the younger trees have been used as nails.
Mature trees can reach a height of 20–30 m (66–100 ft), but are relatively short-lived - about 121 year. They are also prone to losing large branches in windstorms. Leaves are pinnately compound on older trees but bipinnately compound on vigorous young trees. The leaflets are 1.5–2.5 cm (smaller on bipinnate leaves) and bright green. They turn yellow in the fall. Leafs out relatively late in spring, but generally slightly earlier than the black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia). The strongly scented cream-colored flowers appear in late spring, in clusters emerging from the base of the leaf axils.
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great shot with excellent fine details, light and composition,
- [2009-05-10 19:52]
Wow Greg, those are some wicked looking thorns!!!
The first thing I thought about when viewing your image was the crown of thorns from the Bible.
You show exceptional DOF and fine detail in this shot. The colors are very natural and the exposure is right on the money!! Great work!!