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Challenge: Dead Flora (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Date: Dec 1, 2013
Aperture: 4.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/4000
Date Uploaded: Dec 19, 2013

Agave blooms can be 20 feet tall and love to hang off cliffs and live in other dry places. In some parts of the world the stalks are harvested and used to make huts and homes. This one was growing hundreds of feet over the sea, where the salted air dried it out so it remains through the winter.

Place: 27 out of 83
Avg (all users): 6.0000
Avg (commenters): 7.3636
Avg (participants): 6.1296
Avg (non-participants): 5.8627
Views since voting: 291
Views during voting: 218
Votes: 105
Comments: 18
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/31/2013 11:24:03 AM
Thank you all for your comments and time viewing this photo, I really appreciate it. This stalk was on a cliff hundreds of feet above the ocean in Italy. It was completely dead for those of you who were concerned, I think it froze before ever even blooming (it was 40 degrees out mid day when this shot was taken, it had been dead for a long while though). I liked straightening this stalk up and giving it a last moment of order before it finally snaps and falls off the cliff (which it probably has by now). Thanks again for commenting. I spent two weeks in Cinque Terra (amazingly photogenic) and France and London shooting non stop its nice to be able to share at least this image :-)
12/30/2013 10:50:06 AM
Striking image! Terrific use of tilt.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/29/2013 10:57:48 PM
Effective tilt!
12/29/2013 10:07:52 PM
I just want to know how you got a tree into outer space? Nice!
12/29/2013 09:54:24 PM
12/29/2013 09:54:19 PM
Not dead, but a fascinating image all the same!
12/29/2013 02:30:21 PM
Love the monochromatic treatment, centered composition and the tilted horizon which together makes for a special image!
12/29/2013 02:07:22 PM
this is a really striking image.... but the tree doesn't look dead
12/27/2013 05:11:04 PM
magnificent tilt
12/27/2013 04:50:17 PM
The horizon line is slightly disorienting, but not in a bad way for me. nice shot.
12/27/2013 08:30:19 AM
Interesting choice to make this iconic silhouette vertical to the slanting sea. Works for me. Also like the sepia.
12/26/2013 12:15:38 PM
Interesting textures and angles.
12/25/2013 03:40:13 PM
This image really seems to give me a sense of vertigo.
12/25/2013 03:38:34 PM
I find the sparseness of this very tall tree fascinating and I love the slash of the angle of the textured slope in the background. Top five for me. Voted earlier; back to comment.
12/24/2013 06:45:54 PM
I don't normally like an angled "horizon" if that's what I'm seeing but I like this..even more if the top of the tree wasn't chopped...7
12/24/2013 05:22:37 PM
Technically that agave is still alive at the top, but I won't knock ya for it. Interesting choice for he horizon, but it works. I'll be looking for where this was taken.
12/23/2013 02:24:42 PM
a multitude of offerings and a beautiful ocean
12/23/2013 11:13:28 AM
Ok, this just sets my vertigo off something fierce. Very bold, incredibly beautiful. These trees are so strange - makes me think this is on the California coast. The rippled water bg is wicked good!

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