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Sunday, September 27, 2009

AGAVE AND DETAIL

Lucy Corrander - Agave - September 30th 2009 - Sony DSC-T77

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These pictures are part of Monochrome Weekly - monochrome photos from round the world. To reach them - click HERE. I really do recommend that you take a look.

44 comments:

Aileni said...

Welcome, welcome!
A great sequence bordering upon photomicrography.

Lucy Corrander said...

Thanks Aileni

I'm having problems pronouncing 'photomicrography' though!

Lucy

Dina ... UK said...

Super, I love your macro images, I noticed you are in Dorset, beautiful area love it down south...:-) Welcome.

Lucy Corrander said...

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

RuneE said...

Very detailed and almost abstractions. I feel very envious.

Welcome to the show!

Anne said...

Just love them all, and it made me thing about sex...

Lucy Corrander said...

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

Lucy Corrander said...

Anne! Don't know what to say except 'how extraordinary'!

Lucy

Tunes Photo said...

Lovely textures!

Vita Stunder said...

Gorgeous sequence!!
Love them load :)

Lucy Corrander said...

Thank you Tunes Photo and Vita Stunder.

Lucy

Kanak Hagjer said...

The details are amazing! I've never seen an agave leaf looking THAT good:)

Rinkly Rimes said...

I particularly like picture two. The shapes have an oddly human look; definitely female!

Janet said...

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.

Carver said...

Excellent sequence. The details show up so well in monochrome.

~Just me again~ said...

Very nice shots, I almost thought it was a drawing, from the texture.

bentonflocke said...

great shot and textures.

Danton said...

Very exquisite.

Kitty said...

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!

Kilauea Poetry said...

Looks awful sharp. Nice contrast with both too. Resembles a bromeliad as well only thicker.

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

that is very cool, especially in Monochrome..

onangelwings said...

Really, really cool!
http://reesspace.blogspot.com/2009/09/cemetery-angels.html

azplantlady said...

Hello. What amazing close-ups of Agave. I grow many different species of Agave in Arizona and they are my favorite succulents.

Noelle
www.azplantlady.com

magiceye said...

beautiful series

Clueless in Boston said...

Very nice series on agave. BTW, I'll have whatever Anne of Norway is drinking:)

Lucy Corrander said...

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

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Rinkly Rimes.

I see what you mean - but they remind me even more of penguins.

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

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

Lucy Corrander said...

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

Lucy Corrander said...

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

Lucy Corrander said...

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

Lucy Corrander said...

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

Lucy Corrander said...

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

Dragonstar said...

Absolutely wonderful photos. They have a pencil sketch quality, and that's always been my favourite type of art.

Lucy Corrander said...

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

Lucy Corrander said...

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

Lucy Corrander said...

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

HappyMouffetard said...

Great photos, the plant has an interesting texture, almost cloth-like.

Mojo said...

The detail shots are those that have you leaning into the screen wondering... wha...?

Fabulous!

Highton-Ridley said...

The first of the detail shots is the best for me. A nicely balanced composition. Nice one :)

Sistertex said...

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!

AKO said...

These are great details of this fascinating plant!

Lucy Corrander said...

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

Lucy Corrander said...

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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