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Welcome, welcome!A great sequence bordering upon photomicrography.
Thanks AileniI'm having problems pronouncing 'photomicrography' though!Lucy
Super, I love your macro images, I noticed you are in Dorset, beautiful area love it down south...:-) Welcome.
Hello Dina. I certainly am very lucky to live where I do now. Having previously lived in London, Scotland rurul Essex and Newcastle-upon-Tyne . . . I was completely taken aback when I first arrived in Dorset. I couldn't believe I was in Britain, let alone England!Lucy
Very detailed and almost abstractions. I feel very envious.Welcome to the show!
Just love them all, and it made me thing about sex...
Rune - I am familiar with your own photos and am especially proud of receiving a compliment from someone who pays as much attention to shape and texture as you do.Lucy
Anne! Don't know what to say except 'how extraordinary'!Lucy
Gorgeous sequence!!Love them load :)
Thank you Tunes Photo and Vita Stunder.Lucy
The details are amazing! I've never seen an agave leaf looking THAT good:)
I particularly like picture two. The shapes have an oddly human look; definitely female!
hi Lucy, great subject and wonderful eye...as usual. These agave are so neat to see as they unfold and leave their imprint on the leaf it was on top of.
Excellent sequence. The details show up so well in monochrome.
Very nice shots, I almost thought it was a drawing, from the texture.
great shot and textures.
I've only ever seen those cacti fully opened up. The imprints the thorns have left on the skin are quite exquisite!That was an uncouth red squirrel you met- they're usually such dainty things, lol! Maybe it had been on a trip to the mainland and picked up some of the bad habits of its grey cousins!
Looks awful sharp. Nice contrast with both too. Resembles a bromeliad as well only thicker.
that is very cool, especially in Monochrome..
Really, really cool!http://reesspace.blogspot.com/2009/09/cemetery-angels.html
Hello. What amazing close-ups of Agave. I grow many different species of Agave in Arizona and they are my favorite succulents.Noellewww.azplantlady.com
Very nice series on agave. BTW, I'll have whatever Anne of Norway is drinking:)
Hello Kanak.I didn't realise the detail of pattern and lovely soft tones of agaves until I photographed them; they can look quite boring in 'real life'. (Apologies to agave growers and enthusiasts.) When I photographed them before, it was in colour and I hadn't previously realised what a range of colurs and tones they had in their skins. And some of those tones are so lovely and subtle, I wasn't sure they would 'work' in black and white. But not only do they 'work' - the black and white shows up all sorts of other interesting attributes too.Lucy
Hello Rinkly Rimes.I see what you mean - but they remind me even more of penguins.Lucy
Hello Janet. I didn't pay much attention to agaves before photographing them (thought they were rather boring - but don't let anyone know!) . . . so I hadn't noticed the way they leave imprints until I took their pictures. There are lots of things I don't properly notice until I look through a lens.Lucy
Hello Carver - the detail shows up better in monochrome better than it does in 'life'.Just me Again - I think that's why they look like drawings. It is as if one can see each dot and line put there by a pencil.Lucy
Hello Bentonflocke.Agaves aren't in the least bit cuddly (!) but the texture you mention in the photo suggests they'd be nice to stroke. And they aren't that either!Photos are deceiving!Lucy
Hello Danton, Jan's Place and Onangelwings.I'm glad you like the agave photos. It's the first time I've posted a sequence on this blog. Usully I post one photo a day.Lucy
Hello Kitty - I didn't test the prickles!The agaves I was looking at were at different stages of open-ness but I liked this, vertical stage best.It strikes me it might be worth going back to photo the inside of the leaves too.Lucy
Hello Noelle.I'm so pleased to know about your blog now. It is absolutely fascinating.I know nothing about agaves - in fact, for a while I thought these were aloes until I was put right by another Phoenix blogger.Lucy
Absolutely wonderful photos. They have a pencil sketch quality, and that's always been my favourite type of art.
Hello MagicEye and Clueless in Boston.Glad you like the agaves.Clueless in Boston - I was rather surprised by Anne's comment too - but have you seen her wonderful photos?Lucy
Thank you Dragonstar - though the pencil sketch quality is all thanks to the agave itself rather than to any skill on my part (and is one of the reasons I like these pictures too!)Lucy
Thank you for your comment Kilauea Poetry because it sent me off to look up bromeliads. I'd thought they only grew on the branches of trees. And now I know they are a much wider group of plants than I'd realised and include pineapples! Another example of learning through blogging.Lucy
Great photos, the plant has an interesting texture, almost cloth-like.
The detail shots are those that have you leaning into the screen wondering... wha...?Fabulous!
The first of the detail shots is the best for me. A nicely balanced composition. Nice one :)
These are beauts! As I first looked at them on the Monochrome weekly site I thought they resembled drifting sand. Was suprised to see what it really was. Very nice!
These are great details of this fascinating plant!
Hello Happy Mouffetard. Sorry for the delay in replying to your comment.The agave texture is lovely when fresh but seems to mark surprisingly easily - so I was lucky to have photographed it before the almost inevitable scars and blotches appeared.Lucy
Hello Mojo.I have been looking through some of the photos on 'The World in Black and White'.What a wonderful blog!What a fantastic collection of photos!Lucy
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